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Tewin to Edinburgh - Stage 4 - Sutton-on-Derwent to Northallerton - O que é que pode dar errado?

The title is approximately "What could possibly go wrong?" in Brazilian Portugese. The reasons will become apparent.

After a peaceful nights sleep at The Old Rectory we arose and breakfasted, collecting our now-dry gear from the hallway where it had been left. I checked my pain levels, swallowed a couple of ibuprofen and declared myself fit to ride.

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Tewin to Edinburgh - Stage 3 - Lincoln to Sutton-on-Derwent - Oh God It's Raining

We awoke to the doom-laden phrase "Dress warm and dry lads, it's nasty out there!" We put off looking out the window until we were fully dressed... Oh god it was nasty. Constant drizzle was pattering against the pane and large puddles had already formed all over the car park. Luckily our bikes were undercover but access to them was via one such puddle, also my waterproofs were in the saddlebags. Oh, well there was nothing for it but to eat a hearty breakfast and steel ourselves for the worst.

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Tewin to Edinburgh Stage 2 - Whittlesey to Lincoln - God save the Queen

For stage 2 we were headed to Lincoln. 64 miles north of Whittlesey where we had stayed the previous night. The weather was good sunny enough without being opressive. Feeling the sunburn I caught yesterday I remembered to cover myself liberally in SPF30 and after getting everything together wet set off. The party eventually split into three again. David, Jeff, Andrew and Malcom shooting ahead, myself and Ian following our own pace in the middle, Dad and William in the rear. Linconshire is an incredibly flat county allowing us to keep a good pace (15-18mph) along the way.

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Pause

Despite perfect conditions to update, today I'm skipping as I've just cycled 71 miles and done myself a bit of an injury. Hopefully nothing serious, so I need to rest if I'm to be good for tomorrow. Thankyou for all the support from all the various sources. I promise to be back soon.

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Last bit of training before the off

We're just about ready. I'll be updating here with as much as I can. Photos, ride records (see below), my thoughts, whatever I can.

 

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Beer Festivals 2012

Beer Festivals 2012
 
So beer festivals, eh? Hundreds of aging men in chunky jumpers with pipes, sipping half of mild and talking about trains? Not so much really, in fact CAMRA's (The Campaign For Real Ale) recent marketing campaigns have done much to dispel that image. Even with that in the nearly 10 years I've worked at festivals many of the customers and staff when I joined were my age or younger and since then I've seen a steady intake of new volunteers and Ale, Cider Wine and Mead devotees from drinking age and up.
 
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Holiday?

 

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A nice walk in the park?

I had planned to take a stroll in Hamstead heath with my friend S. for a while.

Our lives are both pretty busy so it had taken a week or two to settle on a day. We both had rather heavy nights the Saturday before but so it was that yesterday we managed to meet up albeit with sore heads and droopy eyes.

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