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Swanage to Jersey

Swanage to Jersey

Monday, Jun 18, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 29.20 Trip total ?? Odometer 1077.1 Six weeks until I see Jo, and I’ve got a broken tooth. Feeling just a little depressed today, the grey English weather isn’t helping. On re-checking the calendar I found that it’s seven weeks, not six. A lazy day, I rode the 12km or so through Studland and the coastal park to the ferry then paid my 80p to cross to Poole.
Portland to Swanage

Portland to Swanage

Sunday, Jun 17, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 89.45 Trip total ?? Odometer 1039.7 Worst part of the day — stopping to grab some fish and chips in Swanage from The Fish Plaice and breaking a tooth on a piece of grit in the second chip I ate. Staff in the shop couldn’t care less, grabbed another chip out of the fryer, poked it with their fingers and declared “nuffin wrong with em”. I’m staying in a B&B because the YHA is shut!
Torquay to Portland

Torquay to Portland

Saturday, Jun 16, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 145.31 Trip total ?? Odometer 950.2 The hostel last night was far less crowded, our eight-bed room only held me and the two Swedish girls, and neither of them snored. Woke up to yet more drizzle though, a theme that continued through the day. I dodged the rain; I got caught in the rain. I made it to Starcross just on 10.15 am, and since the ferry runs on the hour, I either had a forty five minute wait or I could ride up to Exeter and back along the other side of the river.
Torquay

Torquay

Friday, Jun 15, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 0.00 Trip total ?? Odometer 804.0 Drizzle in the morning, fine in the afternoon, then pouring with rain in the evening. Not the best day to spend wandering around through the shops, although I did manage to go for a walk up along the beach path quite a way. Visited Torre Abbey, but I didn’t feel like paying the £3 entry fee, so I just walked around the outside and looked in.
Plymouth to Torquay

Plymouth to Torquay

Thursday, Jun 14, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 67.02 Trip total ?? Odometer 804.0 A grey day, a grey mood, a cold south-easterly head wind and about 10 km extra due to my inability to read road signs. Somewhere along the way I detoured off the A370 and ended up at Underwood, then had to retrace my steps as I was determined to not ride on the A38. Felt rotten all morning, that the riding was just a chore to be finished.
Falmouth to Plymouth

Falmouth to Plymouth

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 112.24 Trip total ?? Odometer 736.9 A few minor misreadings of the map and my estimated 80km trip turned into 112km! Three ferry crossing during the day; three very different styles of ferry. There was a very touristy pedestrian one from Falmouth to St. Mawes, at Fowey a creaking little car ferry drawn along on chains, then another pedestrian ferry right at the end of the day into Plymouth(50.
Sennen to Falmouth

Sennen to Falmouth

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 77.51 Trip total ?? Odometer 624.5 No breakfast at the backpackers so I cruised out at 8:30 and rode down to Lands End. It’s the sort of place that everyone knows is tacky, but everyone visits all the same. At nine in the morning before it all opens up everything looks even sadder and more depressing than normal. It was dead still, no wind, no people, just flat sea and gulls calling.
Newquay to Sennen

Newquay to Sennen

Monday, Jun 11, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 94.66 Trip total 687.66 Odometer 547.0 Jo’s email yesterday and my thoughts of her were heavy on my mind all day, a melancholy day, and it’s only one week into the nine so far. Right now its 7 pm, the sun is miles up above the horizon out over the Atlantic. I’m sitting on the headland up above Sennen Bay. It is incredibly peaceful here, the only sound is the waves on the shore, the sea is quite flat.
Boscastle to Newquay

Boscastle to Newquay

Sunday, Jun 10, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 64.97 Trip total 592.7 Odometer 451.9 Woke at 5.30 am as usual, but managed to sleep for another two hours with my mask on and ear-plugs in. When I finally did get up it was to see a gray dismal sky and listen to the howling of the wind. At breakfast an old man celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary observed, “In my day, you was a sissy if you ‘ad gears.
Lynbridge to Boscastle

Lynbridge to Boscastle

Saturday, Jun 9, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 125.?? Trip total 527.7 Odometer 386.8 I discovered today that my panniers are falling apart! The right one has lost one of the bolts that holds a hook on, and the left one has come half-undone. The threads on the left hand side are stripped and the aluminium bar is bent where the hole weakens it. Will they last seven more weeks? I got lost in Barnstaple in the Saturday morning market crowds, then it took ages to get out of town onto the Tarka Trail, and as soon as I found the trail I punctured the rear!
Glastonbury to Lynbridge

Glastonbury to Lynbridge

Friday, Jun 8, 2001

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dst. (km) Today 115.4 Trip total 402.7 Odometer 261.7 A long ride, with some amazing hills. I discovered that gradients of 1:4 are scary downhill, and nearly impossible to ride uphill. Leaving Glastonbury I got a little bit lost, heading north-west instead of west I’d turned off the A39 somewhere near Northove, desperate to get off the A road, and added a few more miles onto the route. Part of the problem was getting breakfast.
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902-122_25

Thursday, Jun 7, 2001

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Aerial view of an obnoxious busker and his cacophonic drumkit

About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried PHP, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on Emacs Org mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is Org mode and hugo.

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