Roughly 10 years on the Helmet debate continues. I’ve drifted out of wearing one by choice, drifted out of cycling. Like most of the cycling world I’ve been riding without one. Cut back to the present were I have decided to get back on the bike and give it ago again.
The bad news is my Giro Atmos in the above picture is now beyond use. The foam is OK as is the shell but the bit that cradles the skull is rotten, same for Vals Giro helmet too.
Seriously considering a Boardman from Halfords as they all(helmets) have to meet the same CE tests, even the cheapest ones.
Well where do I start? Nearly back to square one but not quite. The weight, high blood pressure and a fondness for alcohol returned with a vengeance.
Not all at once but a gradual regression to the bad old self. This time it was a prescription review and blood test that caught up with me. Raised Liver Function test after a short time of abstinence had me on a repeat blood test which I had today.
Weight wise it started off good with Dry January kicking in straight away with a few kilo’s of weight loss and then it plateaued. Something had to be done so it was back to the gym after a long absence. It seems to have done the trick and I think I’m back on track.
It’s meant a complete new gym kit and it’s going to be a while before I tackle a spinning class again. I’ve also fallen out of love with the Bike having spent nearly a year off it at least. I’ve stopped using a Garmin, forgone using a helmet (if a car’s got my name on it, a few ounces of polystyrene is going to help me) prefer shoes that I can walk in.
This time I’m on my own and the first target is to loose 10Kg with the second target 20Kg. Today’s stationary cycle was 30 minutes @ 100watts which was 130kCal, it’s a start. Diet wise it’s probably not ideal but I’m not a rabbit.
Just to let the new Moto 360 owners out there know that you can charge your device with a QI charging plate. Its hard enough getting the phone let alone another charging station.
Superb device especially the fitness apps.
Just had notification that its going to cost $99 to keep the blog going and frankly it a cost that I’m not willing to bear anymore.
Why blog when you have awesome stuff like Google Stories.
If you trust Google, and why wouldn’t you, enable auto upload and autoawesome on Google+ and take pictures of what matters in your life.
Google does the rest and the results can be spectacular.
Garmin should be ashamed of the level of the support they give for their devices but they have been surpassed by the likes of Google Maps. Get a smart phone and enable it. Live traffic data, if your in a jam turn to Google Maps to find out why. Sally Traffic on Radio 2 should be made redundant.
By the time I post this I will be into the last week of the Tour de France 2014. What a roller coaster it has been. I bypassed the Yorkshire stages and went straight to London and we plonked ourselves on the Mall at 300 meters to go.
A journalist interviewed Val and I with Val noting his name.
Next day we were in the Financial Times!
I think I made the right choice to stay out of Yorkshire even though millions made it to the stages. London did what it does best with a stage finishing on the Mall.
The Chunnel had a fire in it so the crossing on Tuesday was delayed by an hour or so, but we made it. Then it was straight to Arrenburg for the cobbles wildcamping for the night. Two stages were cancelled due to bad weather right next to us
No pictures at the moment. Plenty to come when I get back.
Now at the base of Hautacam waiting for the stage in 2 days. Two weeks in I have enough of the road, the final week will be here. Stunning views a trip to remember, as for the race there is on Nibali left.
11 July Epernay to Nancy stage.
The day before the stage I decided to go for a ride and rode 3 Kms on the wrong side of the rode.
Straight roads as ever. There was a french family parked up on the part that the Tour wasn’t taking.
The French Cycling Federation were busy giving the local kids a trial of BMX and other events.
This came through after the roads had been closed.
With that it was time to get back to the campsite through one of the nicest villages we had passed through.
Google is now processing your photographs in the background giving shots like the above or panoramas.
Just to prove your tracker works abroad with no data roaming. Say bye bye to monthly tracking costs.
Can’t fault the Snooper 9500 other than the fact that France does not do DAB very much. I could have done with the race radio frequency but the app was just as good. It’s nice to know the tracker is there working away in the background. From the start other than Crystal Palace there where only 3 sites booked and that was at last minute with a few complications.
Be advised French IT systems may not accept your phone or Ipad for booking online, that was the biggest learning point this year.
It was a monumental trip and a lot will not make it into this post each day was an adventure. At one stopover I gave the woman that ran the site the Yorkshire Tea we picked up in London. It was one moment of many. We arrived late to what was a restricted entrance. It didn’t stop her bollocking a waiting driver saying that we were on “holiday”.
Orchies Wild Camping
Camping de La Pelouse
Camping les Cigognes
Camping Les Merilles
Camping St James Les Pin
Camping Du Mas De rey
Camping Du Lavedan
There is another night of wild camping to add to the above. If I knew what I know now it will be a lot less next year. Two star sites were half the price of 3 and 4 star ones with the only difference being entertainment being laid on and a pool.