30th Birthday Present to Myself.

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  1. OK so I'm a sad git for getting excited when a big box arrives by Parcel Farce. But today when TWO
    boxes arrived I just couldn't help myself. I wasn't in when the delivery arrived ('cos I was out
    cycling obviously) but the moment when I saw them standing there in the hall was so nice.

    I'm now the proud owner of some front, rear and racktop Vaude aqualine bags. I'm also the proud
    owner of an Orkney barbag.

    I'm now pretty much equipped for my 30th birthday present to myself ...

    ...unfortunately I can't take the amount of time off work that I wanted (5 months). I rather cockily
    considered handing my notice in and then applying for a similar job later in the year (I'm a nurse)
    but with beds being closed at my hospital, I don't want to risk being left out of work at the place
    where I *enjoy* working. But I have been granted 4 weeks unpaid leave since we are currenty over-
    staffed. I am combining these 4 weeks with 2 weeks of annual leave. That means I have 6 weeks to do
    a very long bike ride.

    The rough plan is as follows: A camping based trip from John O Groats to Lands End. Now most of you
    will tell me that it shouldn't take 6 weeks: Most people do it in 3. However, I will be diverting
    through some parts of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District and Wales.

    The reason for this is that this year aswell as being my 30th birthday is also my 10th anniversary
    of being a Real Cyclist (TM) (the time when I lived in Leeds and cycling became a means of fun
    rather than just a means of transport). I want to re-visit some of the places that I cycled to in
    1994 as a kind of momento. And that includes many places north of Leeds such as Otley (I MUST visit
    the cafe and cycle up the Chevin), Ilkley (Cow and Calf rock), Bolton Abbey, Beamsley Beacon. I also
    want to reminisce about the city of Leeds itself (by cycling down the A660 past my old university. I
    want to pop into Ainsworths cycles in Headingley and tell the owner that despite his better advice,
    I *did* spend a total of about £300 upgrading a really Shitty Bike (TM) that he told me to ditch,
    even though I could have bought a much better final result for less.

    I'm going to visit Dentdale YHA (the first YH I ever stopped in), and Ingleton (the second). I'm
    going to visit the falls whose name and location I forget (somwhere around these two hostels). I'm
    going to cycle up "that bloody great hill" and photograph the electric fence that my mate didn't
    realise was electrified. And just to make it as near as possible a perfect match to the time 10
    years ago, I'm going to take a kitchen sink and only use my 42/28 combination to get up there.

    I'm going to visit Rowen youth hostel in North Wales, the place that has the steepest hill I have
    ever encountered, and the only dog that has ever succeeded in finding somebody too knackered to stop
    him from pissing on my front forks. I'm going to tie him down and then let him watch me piss on
    *his* bicycle.

    I'm going to visit Dolgellau (sp?) where I clocked up my fastest speed ever (49mph) before I grew up
    and decided that speeds like that were scary. I'm going to visit Devil's Bridge.

    Phew, my heart is racing already at the thought of it. I know some of the places I re-visit will
    have changed. But as long as I'm expecting it, I shouldn't be disappointed.

    I leave mid May and restart work at the very end of June. I should have a companion for about 4 or 5
    days if there happens to be a school holiday in the middle of the trip (he's a teacher). Sadly, none
    of the people I visited these places with are available or contactable, and my sister who I visited
    Wales with no longer cycles :-(

    However - it's a long shot - If anybody from the Leeds University "Alternative Cycling Society"
    (Roadie Section) circa 1994 is reading then perhaps you could get in touch. A meet at the Otley cafe
    might be nice ...

    Love and hugs from Rich x

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  2. Mseries

    Mseries Guest

    Sounds great Rich, go for it.
     
  3. Peter Khoo

    Peter Khoo Guest

    eeh lad, you're still a nipper. i may see you in the otley caff (full breakfast and a pint mug of
    tea still only £1.25). maybe we could cycle up to blubberhouses. as you celebrate your 30th, i'm in
    the process of celebrating my 40th... celebrations so far have included 2 weeks cycling in laos, and
    celebrations planned are a couple of weeks cycling on the karakoram highway over the first couple of
    weeks of june. oh, and probably the las lon cymru over easter. let me know when you're up peter khoo

    "Richard Bates" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > OK so I'm a sad git for getting excited when a big box arrives by Parcel Farce. But today when TWO
    > boxes arrived I just couldn't help myself. I wasn't in when the delivery arrived ('cos I was out
    > cycling obviously) but the moment when I saw them standing there in the hall was so nice.
    >
    > I'm now the proud owner of some front, rear and racktop Vaude aqualine bags. I'm also the proud
    > owner of an Orkney barbag.
    >
    > I'm now pretty much equipped for my 30th birthday present to myself ...
    >
    > ...unfortunately I can't take the amount of time off work that I wanted (5 months). I rather
    > cockily considered handing my notice in and then applying for a similar job later in the year (I'm
    > a nurse) but with beds being closed at my hospital, I don't want to risk being left out of work at
    > the place where I *enjoy* working. But I have been granted 4 weeks unpaid leave since we are
    > currenty over-staffed. I am combining these 4 weeks with 2 weeks of annual leave. That means I
    > have 6 weeks to do a very long bike ride.
    >
    > The rough plan is as follows: A camping based trip from John O Groats to Lands End. Now most of
    > you will tell me that it shouldn't take 6 weeks: Most people do it in 3. However, I will be
    > diverting through some parts of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District and Wales.
    >
    > The reason for this is that this year aswell as being my 30th birthday is also my 10th anniversary
    > of being a Real Cyclist (TM) (the time when I lived in Leeds and cycling became a means of fun
    > rather than just a means of transport). I want to re-visit some of the places that I cycled to in
    > 1994 as a kind of momento. And that includes many places north of Leeds such as Otley (I MUST
    > visit the cafe and cycle up the Chevin), Ilkley (Cow and Calf rock), Bolton Abbey, Beamsley
    > Beacon. I also want to reminisce about the city of Leeds itself (by cycling down the A660 past my
    > old university. I want to pop into Ainsworths cycles in Headingley and tell the owner that despite
    > his better advice, I *did* spend a total of about £300 upgrading a really Shitty Bike (TM) that he
    > told me to ditch, even though I could have bought a much better final result for less.
    >
    > I'm going to visit Dentdale YHA (the first YH I ever stopped in), and Ingleton (the second). I'm
    > going to visit the falls whose name and location I forget (somwhere around these two hostels). I'm
    > going to cycle up "that bloody great hill" and photograph the electric fence that my mate didn't
    > realise was electrified. And just to make it as near as possible a perfect match to the time 10
    > years ago, I'm going to take a kitchen sink and only use my 42/28 combination to get up there.
    >
    > I'm going to visit Rowen youth hostel in North Wales, the place that has the steepest hill I have
    > ever encountered, and the only dog that has ever succeeded in finding somebody too knackered to
    > stop him from pissing on my front forks. I'm going to tie him down and then let him watch me piss
    > on *his* bicycle.
    >
    > I'm going to visit Dolgellau (sp?) where I clocked up my fastest speed ever (49mph) before I grew
    > up and decided that speeds like that were scary. I'm going to visit Devil's Bridge.
    >
    > Phew, my heart is racing already at the thought of it. I know some of the places I re-visit will
    > have changed. But as long as I'm expecting it, I shouldn't be disappointed.
    >
    > I leave mid May and restart work at the very end of June. I should have a companion for about 4 or
    > 5 days if there happens to be a school holiday in the middle of the trip (he's a teacher). Sadly,
    > none of the people I visited these places with are available or contactable, and my sister who I
    > visited Wales with no longer cycles :-(
    >
    > However - it's a long shot - If anybody from the Leeds University "Alternative Cycling Society"
    > (Roadie Section) circa 1994 is reading then perhaps you could get in touch. A meet at the Otley
    > cafe might be nice ...
    >
    > Love and hugs from Rich x
    >
    >
    > --
    > I remember when the internet was only in black & white. It only had a few pages but at least they
    > all worked. Email: Put only the word "richard" before the @ sign.
     
  4. On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 20:46:09 +0000 (UTC), in
    <[email protected]>, "peter khoo"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >eeh lad, you're still a nipper. i may see you in the otley caff (full breakfast and a pint mug of
    >tea still only £1.25). maybe we could cycle up to blubberhouses. as you celebrate your 30th, i'm in
    >the process of celebrating my 40th... celebrations so far have included 2 weeks cycling in laos,
    >and celebrations planned are a couple of weeks cycling on the karakoram highway over the first
    >couple of weeks of june. oh, and probably the las lon cymru over easter. let me know when you're up
    >peter khoo

    Ooooh yes, We'll have to reminisce about Cycle Training '96 too! I wonder if Pete Z will be up for
    sponge and custard at Otley

    >
    >
    >"Richard Bates" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> OK so I'm a sad git for getting excited when a big box arrives by Parcel Farce. But today when
    >> TWO boxes arrived I just couldn't help myself. I wasn't in when the delivery arrived ('cos I was
    >> out cycling obviously) but the moment when I saw them standing there in the hall was so nice.
    >>
    >> I'm now the proud owner of some front, rear and racktop Vaude aqualine bags. I'm also the proud
    >> owner of an Orkney barbag.
    >>
    >> I'm now pretty much equipped for my 30th birthday present to myself ...
    >>
    >> ...unfortunately I can't take the amount of time off work that I wanted (5 months). I rather
    >> cockily considered handing my notice in and then applying for a similar job later in the year
    >> (I'm a nurse) but with beds being closed at my hospital, I don't want to risk being left out of
    >> work at the place where I *enjoy* working. But I have been granted 4 weeks unpaid leave since we
    >> are currenty over-staffed. I am combining these 4 weeks with 2 weeks of annual leave. That means
    >> I have 6 weeks to do a very long bike ride.
    >>
    >> The rough plan is as follows: A camping based trip from John O Groats to Lands End. Now most of
    >> you will tell me that it shouldn't take 6 weeks: Most people do it in 3. However, I will be
    >> diverting through some parts of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District and Wales.
    >>
    >> The reason for this is that this year aswell as being my 30th birthday is also my 10th
    >> anniversary of being a Real Cyclist (TM) (the time when I lived in Leeds and cycling became a
    >> means of fun rather than just a means of transport). I want to re-visit some of the places that I
    >> cycled to in 1994 as a kind of momento. And that includes many places north of Leeds such as
    >> Otley (I MUST visit the cafe and cycle up the Chevin), Ilkley (Cow and Calf rock), Bolton Abbey,
    >> Beamsley Beacon. I also want to reminisce about the city of Leeds itself (by cycling down the
    >> A660 past my old university. I want to pop into Ainsworths cycles in Headingley and tell the
    >> owner that despite his better advice, I *did* spend a total of about £300 upgrading a really
    >> Shitty Bike (TM) that he told me to ditch, even though I could have bought a much better final
    >> result for less.
    >>
    >> I'm going to visit Dentdale YHA (the first YH I ever stopped in), and Ingleton (the second).
    >> I'm going to visit the falls whose name and location I forget (somwhere around these two
    >> hostels). I'm going to cycle up "that bloody great hill" and photograph the electric fence that
    >> my mate didn't realise was electrified. And just to make it as near as possible a perfect match
    >> to the time 10 years ago, I'm going to take a kitchen sink and only use my 42/28 combination to
    >> get up there.
    >>
    >> I'm going to visit Rowen youth hostel in North Wales, the place that has the steepest hill I have
    >> ever encountered, and the only dog that has ever succeeded in finding somebody too knackered to
    >> stop him from pissing on my front forks. I'm going to tie him down and then let him watch me piss
    >> on *his* bicycle.
    >>
    >> I'm going to visit Dolgellau (sp?) where I clocked up my fastest speed ever (49mph) before I grew
    >> up and decided that speeds like that were scary. I'm going to visit Devil's Bridge.
    >>
    >> Phew, my heart is racing already at the thought of it. I know some of the places I re-visit will
    >> have changed. But as long as I'm expecting it, I shouldn't be disappointed.
    >>
    >> I leave mid May and restart work at the very end of June. I should have a companion for about 4
    >> or 5 days if there happens to be a school holiday in the middle of the trip (he's a teacher).
    >> Sadly, none of the people I visited these places with are available or contactable, and my sister
    >> who I visited Wales with no longer cycles :-(
    >>
    >> However - it's a long shot - If anybody from the Leeds University "Alternative Cycling Society"
    >> (Roadie Section) circa 1994 is reading then perhaps you could get in touch. A meet at the Otley
    >> cafe might be nice ...
    >>
    >> Love and hugs from Rich x
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> I remember when the internet was only in black & white. It only had a few pages but at least they
    >> all worked. Email: Put only the word "richard" before the @ sign.
    >

    --
    I remember when the internet was only in black & white. It only had a few pages but at least they
    all worked. Email: Put only the word "richard" before the @ sign.
     
  5. Tony R

    Tony R Guest

    "Richard Bates" <[email protected]> wrote in
    message news:[email protected]...

    >
    > The rough plan is as follows: A camping based trip from John O Groats to Lands End. Now most of
    > you will tell me that it shouldn't take 6 weeks: Most people do it in 3.

    No, you're absolutely right. You should take as long as you've got. I did it last summer in 15 days
    because that's all the time I had. It was a fantastic trip but I'd rather have had the option of a
    more circuitous route. Who knows what wonders I may have passed close-by but missed in my haste.
    Next time I'd ......well next time I'd actually spend the two weeks in the west of Scotland - I have
    sworn never to approach Cornwall on a loaded tourer again....ever. Anyhow, happy birthday - your
    trip sounds superb and I'm very jealous.

    tony R.
     
  6. Pmailkeey

    Pmailkeey Guest

    On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 19:11:31 +0000, Richard Bates
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    :)I'm going to visit Devil's Bridge. )

    Perhaps you could visit all three of them ? (I think there's three, certainly two)
    --
    Comm again, Mike.
     
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