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Deja-Vu. Pressing lifes reset button for a second time!

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.

I’ll post some figures when I get around to it.

Regards

Frank.

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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.

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.