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2015 Update

Dutch corner 2015
Dutch corner 2015

Just thought  post an update as to the state of play. As you can gather I dont post much these days as there is not much to post. Fell out of love with the bike, bought Val an eBike and love it.

This years Tour de France trip was probably the best yet due to a lack of planning. Never had a problem getting a space on a site. Tarn gorge is a place to return to in the future.

Missed the immigrant woes at Euro tunnel  by an hour, passed burning French farmers tyres that were still smouldering and didn’t pay a Euro in tolls this year.

More to follow.

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MotorHome Mods

In no particular order at the moment as I just wanted to get the images into the post. Nothing turned out to be simple and there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals

Replacing the manual thermostat for the heating proved to be a bit of a pain despite having the bits lying around for a year.

It’s a simple to read and set digital readout but with diagnostics built in if things go wrong.

Cost £70 from the NEC fiddly to fit as the wire colours don’t match 100%.

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One of the first things to be fitted was this access hatch to the garage. The thinking being the bikes could be stored inside.

Garage conversion
Garage Conversion (rear)

A neat job done by Horizon Motorhomes near Chirk, who also fitted the sattellite dish (Oyster Caro)

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For some reason Dometic winter fridge covers cost as much as a complete new vent.

Winter Covers

Where they get to I don’t know but they are not easy to source for the right price.

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Pollen Filter change
Pollen filter location

Pollen filter change was cheap but a bit of a struggle for a hour or so as you are quite deep into the center console to get to the above.

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This gas locker vent is fitted to a wide variety of motorhomes and looks terrible in a short space of time.

Gas Locker vent, less than 3 years old
New Vent

It was under £12 to replace if you can find one. I will put links up soon.

Lots of other stuff to post, you do need some carpentry and electrical skills to try a lot of this. The cost of most things these days being a lot less than the labour costs involved.

Chassis has now been Schutzed in side and out and also MOT’d with flying colours.

Also fitted a set of Tour de France air horns on a separate circuit

Post Blog Shutdown

Hi folks, it’s not the end of the blogging universe but just a test to see what functionality I have left after  ending the WordPress expansions that I purchased.

The relationship with WordPress has been mixed, it’s a great site and is free. Wordadds paid for the site upgrades  until the advert revenue fell 90% last year.

Another nail in the coffin was the exclusion of <> which in my case was just an Strava widget. Requests for this were brushed off, If Blogger can do it why not WordPress?

This is after WordPress sent me an 8 year birthday card. I is unlikely to see 10 given their dismissive attitude.

So we will have to see how it goes, times change. The bike is on the back burner at the moment, it may come back but it’s not a certainty .

Time to call it a Day

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.

Week ending 11May2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off the motorhome has been if for an upholstery upgrade at Regal Furnishings at Ilkeston.

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It involved a trip down on wednesday for measuring up with the job being completed on the Thursday. We were shown how the bed was made up and discovered we were missing a piece of foam.
It also meant an overnight stay in the carpark on the electric hookup.

A nice touch were the matching cushions that we wernt expecting.

It all went well the only downside was returning to the storage to find the road flooded.

Mayday ride to Ice Cream Farm

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Decided to ride out to the Ice Cream Farm on May bank holiday via Cheshire Oaks Cycles. As you can see the place was heaving so much so that I left for Old Ma,s Cafe.

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Seacombe Panorama from The Ferry
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Dee Marsh crossing panorama
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Southport Caravan Club site
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Southport Caravan club upgrade.
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Titanium at Old Ma’s Cafe
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Titanium at Old Ma’s Cafe
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Titanium at Old Ma’s Cafe
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Titanium at Old Ma’s Cafe
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Titanium at Old Ma’s Cafe
Disc front fork
Titanium at Old Ma’s Cafe
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Titanium at Blue Moon Cafe
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Chester Racecourse Panorama
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Dee Marsh Cycle crossing

 

Think there was an Audax calling in at Old Ma’s cafe as there were 6 titanium bikes propping the walls up.

I’ve been playing with the panorama feature of the Motorola Moto G which is a great smartphone for only £100. It cost less for the new phone than to repair my Galaxy S3.

I bumped in to Dan on the Dee Marsh crossing and ended up talking to him for a couple of hours. We started our apprenticeships  on the same day in August 1976. He has retired  now at 55 and it’s something I have been looking into seriously.

It has got to the stage were I have been for financial advice which proved fruitful the only spanner in the works being the recent pharmaceutical mergers means the site is being divested.

Week ending 20 Apr2014

It’s been a while since I posted so the following is in no particular order at the moment. I’m still getting out on the bike but not as much.  The receipt below was for 2 Subs and 2 coffees at the NEC  caravan and camping show. At first I thought it was for £11,000 no wonder I now need glasses.

A fair bit has been going on behind the scenes and I will fill in the blanks later.

I’ve been playing around with blog themes again and getting in a right knot at times as you can probably tell

2 Subs and 2 Coffees
Catastrophic Wheel Failure

If ever you get the chance to test ride a high end bike, take it. I took two of the Storck bike out for a test ride that was at Eureka Cyclesports and was really impressed by them.

With each pedal stroke you could feel the effort being transferred  to forward motion.

CTC ride to the Shire horse Centre

It’s been a while since I rode with the CTC and it turned out to be a lumpy one. The weather was fine and it was time to bring the bibshorts out. Led by Janet who has a Contador style when climbing , I was near the back with Roy and his Saggan descending style (sitting on the cross bar). The stop above is where the group had a double puncture. I departed at Queenferry to come back via the Dee cycle crossing, a great days cycling

Things have been moving on the motorhome front with a few trips to local Caravan club sites. It was at Cheshire Oaks on a ride to the Eureka Cafe that the Sabbath rear wheel collapsed.

Worse was to come with the news that Dandy Storage and Truckstop was closing and we only had 3 weeks to move out.  It meant a trip back to Zone 1 Storage which was filling up fast, about 10 people had been down that afternoon. A few calls to other local storage sites were not answered or they were full too.

At least the road has been done and the topsoil mountain next door has been leveled.

 

Liverpool waterfront

Sabbath at Harrison Drive

Pubstop at The Ferry

Ridewise  I’ve been doing the Wirral Coastal trail a lot, which features a lot of traffic free cycle routes and paths. Anywhere midweek is a quiet ride if you stay off the A roads.  Liverpool looks good from the Seacombe side and you could get a good 60 miles in if you wanted to take in the Dee cyclepath to Chester.
Finding stuff like the Birkenhead Drill Memorial makes it an interesting ride.

CTC Spring 50

Panorama from Borras Head

Things didnt quiet go to plan on this ride as I arrived late after cleaning the chain with the Lidl chain cleaning tool.

The panorama picture above was the MotoG £100 smartphone working out I was taking a panoramic shot, stitching the pics together and uploading it to my Google Cloud with no intervention from myself.

Lunch stop

The Edge 800 got thoroughly confused by the figure of 8 Course that had the lunch stop at the start/finish. I should have just followed my nose as it’s not like I haven’t ridden it before.

I was getting false directions in Fardon about half a mile in. At Kinnerton it said I had finished and that was last years route! After lunch it proceeded to send me around Carden Park golf course, retracing to the gates where i met Chester Tri ladies doing the short route. It found itself back on course a mile or so after the Carden Arms.

Pub stop

Advert Free

Made a few changes to the Blog , it should now be advert free. For whatever reason there has been a marked reduction in site traffic and hence advert impressions.
I’ve paid for the premium upgrade so there should be no adverts on the site. I had no control over what type of  advert appeared , which was annoying me and I expect you.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Weekending 08 Dec 2013


Back to the old form of posting, hopefully it will be little and often.
Sunday 01 Dec 2013.  Picked the van up and collected the grandkids to take them to the ICF.  Past a group of the CTC near Newton Lane and parked up in the car park. We were met by a queue that seemed to stretch around the block. Santa,s grotto was open and they had baby reindeer to boot.

Managed to get into the playbarn at the right time and settled down to read the Sunday Times. At the food counter who should I meet but Brian and Roy from the CTC. I did mention it’s called Crazy Daisey,s for a reason, it can get pretty crazy in there.

Things settled down later and after an Ice Cream the kids got to stroke the baby reindeers nose. +1 to Cheshire Ice Cream Farm.
I’d bought some Christmas lights for the van from Maplin on the Friday so they got a try out to amuse the kids and me. Spent hours trying to get things sorted out on ChromeBook with mixed results. It was a long day.
Monday 02 Dec 2013  Had booked into Tex,s spin class at the Oval only to find it being taken by Angie.  Sweated a bucket, finished the class as headed for the showers only to find no change from 2011, a disgrace. Spotlights don’t work and are hanging out of the fibreboard.
A trip to Aldi for noodles for lunch and some fruit then home.
Washed the car and booked another spin class at the Oval.

It gets busy in the evening but this class was one spinning class too far, I promptly blew up about half way through it as a bowl of noodles isnt enough for two classes like these. Coasted to the end, headed home for  a shower where I wont pick up an infectous disease.

Netflix is the new Blockbusters in this household and ouce you have it you can see why BlockBusters had no chance. Work in the morning.

The Garmin needs an update so it’s back to Windows in the near future.
Tuesday 03 Dec 2013 First day back in work.
Wednesday 04 Dec 2013 Caravan Club site is now taking bookings for 2014. this means Crystal Palace Caravan club site will take bookings for the Tour de France dates.
The golden hour approached and nothing happened, repeatedly. When I finally got in to the booking site I was logged out so had to go through the whole process again. I’ve booked three nights as the logistics of getting down there in good time meant I wouldn’t see much of a stage on Saturday even if I could find somewhere to park the van.

The recent WRC round in Wales showed me just how narrow our roads are. Next thing is to book Eurotunel , It was a huge relief to get the London booking now to try and plan the rest of the route.

Saturday 07 Dec 2013

 

Rode out to see how the van coped with the tidal surge.  Called in at the Bike Factory and Cheshire Oaks Cycles on the way back and gave the MagicShines a decent trial after the repair.

 

 

 

 

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I gave the MagicShine 808 a trial run during the week and it got that hot I cooled it down under the tap. Unfortunatley the waterproofing wasnt 100% and the clicky switch failed with it stuck in whatever mode it felt like on powerup. Maplin supplied a new switch for £1.39, it meant cutting the legs down do size but the result was a working light again.
These lights are £18 on ebay these days and give enough light to actually see where you are going. 

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The Dee cycle crossing shows just how much the storm surge travelled up the river Dee.
I was surprised how much plastic it washed up along with large CalorGas bottles.

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