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Feb 10, 2012 09:00 PM Segway - trying something different
On one of the coldest days for this winter, I headed out of London from Waterloo Station to Bracknell. The journey took around an hour and once you leave London from the train it has wonderful views that really just builds the excitment of being in the countryside.
I used a company call goape which organised segway and treetop zip wire events in the Swinley Forest. The Segway is a self-balancing electric two wheel and it is kind of cool using it of road, in the beauty of the countryside. I've seen these vehicles many times, mostly on a city tour. But it really good fun and so worth the hour and kind of the money.
I have the say the that the routes (3) were very limited, and I think they missed an opportunity of going deeper into the forest.
Jan 11, 2012 09:00 PM Travel plans
After a last year, I will be so happy to start travelling again. My feet are really scratching and I can't wait to put some plans into motions.
Not sure if I will be jinxing myself but here are some of my thoughts. Malta, Jordan, Bermuda and Russia. Not too exciting but just what I need.
Sep 12, 2011 06:00 PM Europe's largest urban shopping mall
I spent my day shopping and enjoying the opening of the official Olympic shopping centre for 2012. Westfield has over 70 restuarants and numerous shops. I was pleased with the variety of brands and the inside outside feel.
I was amazed with the amount of people there, but to be fair the shops were giving away a lot of things even the Apple store got involved. My favourite part was there so many shops were giving out glasses of champagne - it would have been rude not to accept a glass or two.
Sep 10, 2011 06:00 PM Where was you when.....
I've been seeing all the news reports of that tragic day in 2001; who can beleive that it is already 10 years on.
I was at work when I got the news and went to my company's boardroom to watch CNN. I was so shocked when the first tower went down and then watching people jumping for tower two. I was so distraught I had to go home. For a week straight I had 24hr news on the TV.
I remember my first visit to NYC as a ten year old and standing in front of the towers taking pictures. I remember looking up and all I could say was wow. Oh how the world has changed.
But the thing is, today is also my best friend's birthday, so whilst I remember all who died, I still celebrate life.
Aug 28, 2011 06:00 PM Oh my it's early
I had to get to the station for my 6.53am train, so when checking out of my apartment, I told the landlord to arrive at 5.30 expecting him to turn up at 5.45. Instead he was bang on time and I wasn't really ready to leave but I had to. I got the train to Le Havre and was hoping to cycle to Etretat, but my muscles just didn't want to do the estimated 4 hour journey, just to take a few picture. So I just hung around the city, and a lovely lunch and then did some shopping.
It was really strange being back in a city that I though I know so well. A lot of the little shops I went into previously were still there. But the some of the restaurants had changed. There seems to be some major development happening, either a new tram systems or something was the roads were all dug up. It was pretty chaotic there.
Finally the sun came out as I boarded the ferry - just my luck, at 4pm in the afternoon. All in all this was a brilliant journey and now I'm thinking of cycling Spain.
Aug 28, 2011 06:00 PM Today, I'm not doing anything...
I'm just gonna lay in my bed. Don't feel like picking up the phone so leave a message after the tone, I swear today I'm not doing anything... Nothing at all...
After getting home around 2am this morning, I really just wanted to stay in my bed. But alas I had to go to the office as I have a few meetings.
But what a great weekend. I would recommend this to any fit person, either over two or three days. I meet a girl who said that she done it in 24hrs. Now that seems like madness. It really amazing how friendly people can be, when you share a common goal.
There was a team of 5 who cycled up the north coast and then a group of aussies who where going to complete some 200 odd miles visiting war memorials through Normandie and more. Then I met a lady who said that she cycled the Camino de Santiago and said that this is the new thing to do instead of walking it. I swear this is now food for thought....
Aug 27, 2011 06:00 PM Where's my medal
I had a really late morning; in fact I didn't even see the morning. I was a little exhausted. I was meant to celebrate my arival into Paris with a bottle of Champagne but it turned out to by champagne truffles - well there is always tomorrow.
I headed to a restaurant to get some lunch and then done some sightseeing, not that this was necessary and I've been here so many times before. The last time I was in Paris it was in 2008 with Frenchfrog.
Some of the things I've learnt along the way.
Don't under/over pack -it is essential to have the right amount of clothes etc, especially planing for all types of weather.
Always have weather proof maps - it is amazing how quickly a map can become saturated.
Plan cycle timing - ensure you allocate enought time to take pictures, eat lunch and chill while cycles.
Ensure I have bright lights for country roads.
Take a phrase book - as the further outside major towns the less English is spoken.
And the key learning is to wear a yellow jersey when entering the city - you just might get a cheer.
Aug 26, 2011 06:00 PM Paris here I come...
I stayed in a lovely B&B at the side of the road on D321, in a perfect little village just over 70 miles from Le Havre.
I had a lovely little continental breakfast and headed back on the road by 10am. I wanted it to be earlier, but to be fair I was surprised how tired I was, and the muscles were aching.
The morning started off so great with brilliant sunshine but after about 10 minutes of cycling the rains came again; although not as hard as yesterday - with the storm, thunder, lightning and hail; it was light but intermittent. So one minute I had my waterproofs on then I had to take it off. This continued all day.
I suppose the road starts to merge as the aim is to just keep those peddles turning but I remember four distinct experiences.
1. climbing a steep hill for 1.6 miles; great that I had good gears, but my, it hurt all over.
2. desending a short pathway which was even steeper, that I had to have my break pressed all the way down; without the benefit of going down fast as it was on a T junction with oncoming traffic in both directions.
3. Cycling down a motorway (which I'm not meant to do), realising this and then cycling but up on the wrong side. Now that was scary.
4. The greatest experience was decending into Paris and then finally seeing the Eiffel Tower - knowing that I had acheived by goad. Vie La France!
Aug 25, 2011 06:00 PM Are you having a laugh
I arrived abound 8am, and rolled of the ferry feeling so confident, wide eyes and raring to go. But as soon as I got of the ferry the heavens opened and it just continued raining all day.
Everyone's comments were right - it truly is a bugger getting out of Le Havre. I ended up taking the industrial route, which I just admit I had to double and triple check as I just didn't want to cycle along a road that had so many juggernauts passing me; the drag and spray was awful - when that section was over it was so very welcomed. I then moved into the next phase and it go so much better.
I ended up on a D road (D roads are equivalent to the B road in the UK) and the amount of traffic reduced significantly, it also stopped raining for a little while which was nice.
I didn't pass too many village but I came to one on the banks of La Seine and had lunch. Also stopped in a bakery to get some cakes for the journey. It really is amazing how much you can eat when cycling those distances.
I think I was cycling too slowly, kind of taking time to take pictures which mean that whilst I was meant to cycle 70 miles in a day, the evening was approaching and I was still twenty miles out.
I think things got from bad to worse when the night came, and I was on a cold, dark country road, with fields on both sides unable to see two feet in front of me. I had to ask what next Lord!
Aug 24, 2011 06:00 PM Cycling London to Paris
After trying and failing, the aim this bank holiday weekend is to cycle from Le Havre to Paris. It is quite a daunting journey as it should take about two days. The the wonderful farm country of France.
The first time when I attempted this feat I didn't do any real prepartation, just expected to see the route to Paris and just cycle it.
But this time I had to take all things into consideration, like getting a map, planning a route, booking a b&b along the way, hotel accommodation, train tickets, ferry tickets, what clothes to wear and take, what food to eat along the way, etc.
I chose this weekend as it was a bank holiday in the UK so I would only have to take one day annual leave. Why Le Havre, well it just wasn't going to beat me.
But the route isn't meant to be one of the most scenic routes and it is said that it is a bugger to get out of the city.
My journey started after work, with a short cycle to Waterloo station. It was amazing as the station was heaving with people. This was definitely not what I expected, so much so that I had to stand on the train most of the way. But I had to leave after 6.30pm to ensure that my bike was allowed on.
From Portsmouth the over night ferry takes about 8 hours, which is quite long but, really, you don't need to turn up in the city before 8pm and have nothing to do. But it also booking early is essential, as the cabin sell out quite quickly.
But it really is a exciting prospect!
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