Saturday, 18 June 2016

Do you know your fruit..?

Just a short post today but I just had to share this with you......
Anne and I were in Melksham this morning and we noticed this pub sign...

Pub sign in Melksham- The grapes or not..!!
Now I wouldn't say that I can recognise and name every fruit that exists on the planet..but until today I did think that I could tell the difference between grapes and a banana.... maybe I was wrong..

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Fuel not needed.....

The drive up from the Verwood site to our new one here near Melksham was nice and quick and straight forward...after all it was only about fifty miles....
After arriving on site we were allocated a very nice large corner pitch with a hedge on a couple of sides and with the benefit of the sun all day.....

Talking of the sun...since we have been here the weather has been great and very very warm, in fact I find it ideal cycling weather.....once on the bike and up to a nice steady speed it's amazing how cool you can remain as long as you don't stop. 
If you do stop that's when you realize how warm it actually is.....without the benefit of the breeze created by your forward momentum the heat starts to take over.... 

The cure? 
Get back on the bike and start moving again...a careful balance between effort used and speed of your forward movement..... then you start to feel cool again......


Fiona on today's ride.....Fuel not needed!!
I am still working my way around my favourite blogs following the three weeks that we were without a good broadband signal as explained in my last post.....

The weather forecast tells me that we could expect some heavy and thundery downfalls of rain over the Friday and the weekend but with a bit of luck and some forecast watching I should be able to get some more rides in around the downpours.....

Saturday, 4 June 2016

No I-Net.....No Posts.....

Yes I know....no posts on this blog since 18th May...... but I have got a good reason...
The site that we have been camping on has had a serious problem with their broadband connection. 
Some sort of argument with the supplier apparently.
They then changed internet provider and then that took time to arrange etc...etc.....

Anyway the upshot of it all was that I was unable to make any blog posts and even more importantly I have not been able to visit all my favourite blogs. 
I will try and catch up with you all over the next few weeks. If I haven't visited your blog recently I promise that I will catch up with you as soon as possible.....

I won't try and post all the posts that I missed.....But......
Although this site was nice and quiet when we arrived it was heaving over the recent bank holiday and also over this past week....
Kids everywhere (half term holidays)...Dogs everywhere woof woof woof..... Noise everywhere..... 
A decision made...the next and future bank holidays we will be on an adult only site....
I can live with a few dogs barking...most of those on sites seem to be pretty well behaved with only the odd one or two being a bit noisy anyway....
But unruly kids on mass and the parents who don't keep them in check........ I will take a swerve on that in future..... 

Busy...Busy...Heaving Campsite over the Bank Holiday.....
Since we have been here we have taken Eva the Eriba to the dealers for her annual service........ I have had four various catch-up medical appointments...... My mate Jason has visited a couple of times for a cycle ride...... Peter Calcutt has visited for a lazy day of chatting.... My Daughter and family have come out for a nice day in the sun and a picnic...
I also visited 'my shed' at my daughters and swapped my Tifosi over for my best bike..the Felt Z1 and even managed to get a puncture on it on only my second ride......

In short the 28 days that we have been here have flown by because we have had something going on everyday....

On Monday we head off again to our next site......hopefully their internet will be working ok and I will be able to resume normal blogging service.......


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A Good Job..

A couple of posts ago I mentioned the minor rear shunt I had whilst hitching up Eva to the tow ball on the car.
There was no damage to Eva but the cars rear bumper ended up with a nice dent.....
I wrote that I was taking the car to a PDR (paintless dent removal) workshop and I did this a couple of days ago....
The before and after images can be seen below......

Before PDR

After PDR
 I would say that is a pretty good job especially when you consider the car was only at the workshop for an hour and the repair only cost a fraction of a new lower bumper which is the route the Honda main dealer wanted to take.....
My lesson learned is that I need to be more careful in the future when I hitch up....... 
As Anne said "You've got a motor mover so use it"

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Dropped..!!!

Yesterday my mate Jason rode over to the Touring site from his home in Totton near Southampton.....
The plan was that he would ride over to me....we would than go for a thirty mile ride out from here and then following that he would ride back home......

He arrived here slightly ahead of his schedule having covered the 24 miles from home quicker than he had anticipated...

I have been bike riding with Jason since about 2008...in fact he was the first on the scene after I crashed at the end of our Atlantic Coast Challenge Ride down the French Coast to Spain back in 2009....

This past year he has been putting in some serious distance riding/training and it really does show in his current performance....
During our ride he dropped me everywhere... highlighting the effort he has been putting in and the lack of effort that I have managed to achieve over the winter.....

I can't remember any time during our riding together over the years when Jason has managed to drop me with such ease... so all credit to him for the leap forward in his cycling performance level.....
It just goes to show what can be achieved if you are prepared to put the mileage in.....

It was great riding out with him again and I look forward to our next ride together....
By the time he had returned home his total mileage was north of eighty miles.....
I also know that he added another fifty three miles to that again today....

Below are some pictures that Jason took during our ride....


Coffee and Cake Stop at the Chettle Village Stores

The Old and the New.... Jason wanted to swap his Felt for this Advertising Cargo Bike

Jason's Felt in the Foreground and my Tifosi against the Signpost



Tuesday, 10 May 2016

It Had To Happen One Day.....

Well the journey up from Devon went well and was without incident...... We had expected heavy rain all day but as it turned out we just had the odd light shower.... The trip only took just under three hours...we left the Okehampton site at about 1015hrs and we arrived here at Verwood New Forest at 1300hrs...

As I said the journey was without incident.... but maybe that was because the incident occurred before we left....
I was reversing towards Eva the Eriba in order to hitch up and for some reason I went too fast and failed to stop until after my car had made contact (with a bang) with the tow hitch....

All I can say is that I must have disengaged my brain before starting the manoeuvre....
 I usually ease the car back slowly to within a foot or two of the hitch and then use the motor mover on the caravan to complete the coupling of the ball and hitch.... 
I have no idea why I changed my normal procedure on Monday morning.... As Anne said "That was so unlike you as you are normally so careful- almost painfully so...I don't know what came over you ."

Anyway nobody was hurt..Eva the Eriba wasn't damaged and the only damage incurred was to the lower area of the cars plastic bumper. See Below:-

Bumper Damage is on the left

Close-up of the impact damage.
In the past whenever my cars have sustained parking dents etc on the metal panels I have used PDR (paintless dent repair) companies and I must say I have been impressed with the invisible and high quality finish achieved.... I have always found it amazing to watch the PDR operative remove a dent using a couple of shaped metal rods and a mirror....

Anyway the dealer who supplied my Honda CRV has given me the details of a guy that does similar PDR work on plastic bumpers etc. 
Today I popped over to his workshop in the Bournemouth area and I booked the car in for next Monday morning......
It will be interesting to see what the results will be like using PDR systems on plastic......
I will obviously post the results here on the blog......
  

Friday, 6 May 2016

It's That Time Again.....

After our thirteen day stay at our touring site near Okehampton it's that time again....
Time again to move on to our next site......
We will miss looking out of our window at the small lake here and we will also miss watching the wildlife that live around the lakeside area....
The view from Eva the Eriba
We have seen Moorhen...Canada Geese....Ducks with ducklings...... Carp....Tadpoles...Buzzard.... House Martins and more.....
Watching their daily comings and goings has occupied a lot of our time here and I must say we have had a very interesting and restful stay.....

Our next location will be back in Dorset and will be a bit more hectic I think....
As well as meeting up with family and friends.....
I have three medical appointments.... The awning needs to go to the tent makers for a repair on the front window.... Eva the Eriba has to go to the dealers for her annual service and water ingress test..... I also intend getting out on the bike riding some of my favourite cycle routes in the area.....

Still we will be at our next location for 28 days so hopefully there will be enough time and good weather to fit everything in......