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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfella View Post
    Reports suggest it was a McLaren-Mercedes SLR but happy to be corrected.
    So am I! I think we are talking about the same car only I have Mercedes before McLaren.

    Either way it was far too quick for him.
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    Too icy for a bike ride yesterday so a lovely 4 mile walk with son and dogs to the TP on Bradwell Moor which is just off the Limestone Way. Lots of snow underfoot and only 3 people seen.

    Back on the Arkose today on a dry and sunny day but with a bitterly cold NW wind. Down to Youlgreave and up to Friden before a chilly downhill section into Hartington and finally up to Wetton and todays TP at Wetton Low. All tarmac apart from a couple of hundred yards across fields to the TP. A return to Hartington and my usual route home via Flagg and Monyash.

    The gritted roads were fine but a couple of the very minor roads had a little snow and ice on them where they were shaded from the sun. The biggest danger was the strong gusty wind which nearly caught me out as I passed a couple of gateways, even though I was waiting for it!

    A total of 35 miles and 3'107 feet in 2hrs 40 min. Only one other cyclist seen but 4 Buzzards, which was nice.
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    When you have visited all the trig points you could add these companion stones to your list.

    http://www.companionstones.org.uk/home/home1.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfella View Post
    When you have visited all the trig points you could add these companion stones to your list.

    http://www.companionstones.org.uk/home/home1.htm
    HaHa. I have no intention of visiting "all the trig points". At the start of the year it seemed like a good idea to visit a different Triangulation Pillar every day in January either by walk, run, bike or a combination of those. I must admit the enthusiasm is wearing a bit thin having been out in some cold weather, especially on the bike. Having said that it has served its purpose in keeping me motivated and reasonably fit so that when I catch Covid I'll have a reasonable chance of fighting it.

    Only 5 more to do so nearly there.

    With regards to the companion stones I have not seen that list but have visited the ones on White Edge and Hob Hurst's House. There are loads of similar engravings, sculptures, stones etc all over the Peak District as you will know bigfella, its just that most people just seem to wander around with their eyes shut!
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    I set of a bit earlier today to beat the rain and snow forceast by the BBC as 100% by 10.00am. Down to Youlgreave and then onto the A6 at Pickory Corner and on to Darley Dale. A right to Darley Bridge and over the still swollen Derwent and up to the hamlet of Crossgreen.

    I don't like wearing a rucsack when cycling but today was an exception as I took a pair of Mizuno Wave Harriers which I changed into to run up the the steep bank, only a couple of hundred feet, to todays TP at Oker Hill. Along the ridge I could see Will Shores Tree which Wordsworth wrote a sonnet about, of the same name.

    Back down to the road, and I was so glad that I had taken some running shoes as the hill was so frozen and slippery I would have struggled in my cycling boots! Aboard the Arkose and up the hill to Winster and then a 3 mile very cold descent back down to Pickory Corner where I turned left this time up the A6 to Bakewell and finally up the hill to home.

    Only 20 miles, 1,667 feet in 1hr 31 mins which includes the run up Oker Hill. Only one other cyclist seen. Got home well before the rain/snow started at 12.30.

    1000am 100% My arse!
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    Twenty eight miles and 2100 feet. Because of the forecast sleet I set off on a tour of the bypasses: Addingham, Skipton, Keighley but then in the absence of any arriving sleet I decided to do Simon Warren's Ilkley Moor climb (4880 m, 278m climb)from Riddlesden up over the ridge of Ilkley Moor at Keighley Gate (380m - the higher TP is 402m) which then gives me a continuous descent to my home at 110 metres in a couple of miles.

    ADV on my bike stands for adventure so FOO must stand for foolhardiness because when I crossed the watershed by the BT transmitter dishes the track was covered in sheet ice. Fortunately no one was around to see me dismount and do some tip toe-ing.

    In fact nobody was around much anywhere and I saw just one cyclist - in regulation head to toe black - in the 28 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Twenty eight miles and 2100 feet. Because of the forecast sleet I set off on a tour of the bypasses: Addingham, Skipton, Keighley but then in the absence of any arriving sleet I decided to do Simon Warren's Ilkley Moor climb (4880 m, 278m climb)from Riddlesden up over the ridge of Ilkley Moor at Keighley Gate (380m - the higher TP is 402m) which then gives me a continuous descent to my home at 110 metres in a couple of miles.

    ADV on my bike stands for adventure so FOO must stand for foolhardiness because when I crossed the watershed by the BT transmitter dishes the track was covered in sheet ice. Fortunately no one was around to see me dismount and do some tip toe-ing.

    In fact nobody was around much anywhere and I saw just one cyclist - in regulation head to toe black - in the 28 miles.
    It might have been worse Graham. You could have been tip toeing alongside your Bianchi!
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    Due to a knacked knee, and being off running for a while, Iíve now taken the huge step of getting on my bike (well my daughterís very old bike to be exact). Only two peddle outs thus far but Iím getting the hang of things, starting to enjoy it and I can see it becoming a regular thing, even when I get back running.

    The bike though is a ten year old mountain bike that has spent the last eight years quietly rusting in our, partially open to the elements, slightly decrepit greenhouse and has definitely seen better days. My daughter went to Australia in 2012 and is now a full blown Ozzy so it hasnít been used even once since that time. Fortunately the brakes work and it responded well to an all over WD40 spray. Iíve retained a scraggy old smurf fhat has always dangled from the handle bars but, aside from that, I have to admit I look a bit of a knob on what is now a very sad old bike.

    So just thinking out loud at the minute but, were I to buy a brand new bike, would an adventure/gravel bike make sense for me? I want to cycle quiet lanes and bridle ways and dirt tracks and all things off road and it looks a good fit. To me at least, not having the first clue what Iím on about!

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    A cloudy but milder day for todays outing on the Arkose. Youlgreave and Friden again before a change of direction to Pike Hall and then Aldwark. Under the HPT at Longcliffe and down towards Ashbourne but turning right up to Ballidonmoor Farm. I had to climb and carry my bike over a tractor that was blocking access to Open Access land. Reminded me of the Milk Race and Welsh farmers many years ago!

    Once I'd cleared the farm a tough 500 yard ride over fields up to todays TP at Blackstones Low. Back down, over the tractor, and then on to Parwich where I had a nice chat to a resident who was a founder member of Matlock AC and still doing a bit of running in his eighties.

    Up and over to Biggin, the length of Long Dale to Earl Sterndale and then Flagg, Monyash and home.

    A total of 40 miles, 3,432 feet in 2hrs 58 min. For the first time this year, whilst out on my bike, it was warm enough for me to eat my Marathon without the fear of a visit to the dentist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post

    So just thinking out loud at the minute but, were I to buy a brand new bike, would an adventure/gravel bike make sense for me? I want to cycle quiet lanes and bridle ways and dirt tracks and all things off road and it looks a good fit. To me at least, not having the first clue what I’m on about!
    Yes, I think you're right. A road bike probably wouldn't take the width of tyre you're likely to need. It's worth saying that if you bought an adventure/gravel bike you could always put road tyres on it if circumstances changed, but if you bought a road bike you'd struggle to do the reverse

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