Saturday, 23 May 2020

"Lockdown" Exercise last weekend (with Katya)

We just took a short spin out along the Waddesdon Greenway and back.
We left a bit after 8 am in order to avoid most folks (who were still in bed at that time on a Sunday morning).
Anyway, I will let the pictures tell the story ...

Not many folks about - which is good

... Checking it Twice - Lockdown Cycle Camping Planning

Section 2 (the camping stuff) is starting to sound a bit like "taking everything except the kitchen sink".

Time for a quick check to see what that lot weighs!
I nipped out to the garage, and, using a scale designed for weighing holiday suitcases, started weighing stuff.

Tent (the small, single-skin "fishing shelter"), including carry bag - 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs)
Airbed - 2 kg (4.4 lbs)
Holdall (the strong bag I intend to put all the stuff in, and then strap it to my luggage rack) - 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs)
Lightweight groundsheet/poncho 400g (a bit under 1 lb)

So the "camping" stuff comes in at 5.2 kg (12.5 lbs) not including the chair.
The chair is 3.9 kg (8 1/2 lbs).

There is also LOADS of room in the holdall for other kit - cooking gear, clothes food, etc. etc.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Making a List, Checking it Twice - preparing for "Lockdown Cycle Camping"


A good plan, plus some improvisation, gives one a fair chance at success.
A bad plan (or no plan), and you are just making a rod for your own back.

So here is the first draft of my plan, specifically the equipment list.
(it will be revised as I think of things, but best to get down an outline first, rather than trying to get it perfect in one go).

There are several sections to the list:

  1. the bike
  2. camping gear (tent etc)
  3. eating gear (and food)
  4. water
  5. clothing
  6. entertainment/relaxation
  7. special items

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Lockdown Cycle Camping Trip Next Week (involving my Back Garden, because all the campsites are closed!)

Talk about "the title says it all"!

I have vacation time booked next week, and I was hoping to go cycle camping in the South Downs
(a hilly bit, in the South of England).


Well. you know, real-world stuff and all that.
All the campsites are shut by Government decree.

So I will just have to pretend:
  1. load up my bike with camping stuff 
  2. cycle about a bit
  3. pitch my tent at the "simulated" campsite
  4. cook up some food with the campstove I will have just cycled about with
  5. sleep overnight in the tent.
  6. repeat steps 1 - 5 as required.

Monday, 6 April 2020

His and Hers Vivoactive HR watches - how are we getting on?

Update 5 April 2020:
Anna's Vivoactive HR watch is still going strong, although the battery life is dropping off, and it needs charging perhaps twice a week now, rather than the once a week it was before.
My Vivoactive HR watch is still soldering on, cracked screen and all.
Yeah, it has lost some functionality, but it still does most of what I want.