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Hawaii and home

Hi All.

Well a disappointing end to this travel blog as I have been unable to upload any more photo's. 

I meet with Amanda and the family on the way home and had a week in Hawaii.  

Had a great time and now back in NZ and back to work. 

Thanks for keeping up with the trip, 

Till next time

Cheers Pete  

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Party time

It's been 3 long years since the McNeils where Married. Also Pete turned 30 so a wee gathering was arraigned at Trevs place in Matlock. 

 

 Pete lighting the Brazzier that cost about 2.5K IN NZD. Bloody best thing around.  Mind you it does consume a little bit of wood lol. 

Pete lighting the Brazzier that cost about 2.5K IN NZD. Bloody best thing around.

Mind you it does consume a little bit of wood lol. 

 This is the place to hang out. Pete can sell you a ticket, very cheap.

This is the place to hang out. Pete can sell you a ticket, very cheap.

 30 for 30. A nice lady brought Pete a present for each year on this planet. Nice hat and wind mill Mr Pete.

30 for 30. A nice lady brought Pete a present for each year on this planet. Nice hat and wind mill Mr Pete.

 Poms love their dogs. This we Lady about 6 years was a stray. New owner took her in 2 months ago. Lovely dog.

Poms love their dogs. This we Lady about 6 years was a stray. New owner took her in 2 months ago. Lovely dog.

 This is Dodds. Lakeland terrier pup

This is Dodds. Lakeland terrier pup

 The brains trust. Trev in the foreground.

The brains trust. Trev in the foreground.

 Proper Job. Pulling a pint of Jaipur.  According to my internal scale, I had at least 3 to many of these on the night!!!

Proper Job. Pulling a pint of Jaipur.  According to my internal scale, I had at least 3 to many of these on the night!!!

Well, I would add some more photos if only the poxy blog would let me.

Will try again tomorrow  

Cheers Pete  

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The Dam Busters

 the top lake. Looks like they need a bit more rain.

the top lake. Looks like they need a bit more rain.

 The towers that Guy Gibson used to sort the distance out to drop the bombs.

The towers that Guy Gibson used to sort the distance out to drop the bombs.

 Should think there are a few practice bombs sitting at the base of this dam.

Should think there are a few practice bombs sitting at the base of this dam.

 Down stream from the lower dam.  Shite load of water to come out if it bust.

Down stream from the lower dam.  Shite load of water to come out if it bust.

 Down stream on Lady bower dam

Down stream on Lady bower dam

All good.

I will try these.  

Cheers Pete  

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A few days missed

Bugger. It's been 6 days since I had a WiFi feed good enough to get some photos up. 

Currently in Hawaii now after Peter and Alice drove me from Trevs place Monday morning down to Heathrow.  

It was a 22 hour run from the time I left Matlock till I arrived in Hawaii to meet with Amanda and the kids.

 

 Pete and his friend Christina and Keela the dog about to start a lap of the trail park in Whinlatter.

Pete and his friend Christina and Keela the dog about to start a lap of the trail park in Whinlatter.

Whinlatter is in the north lakes and is a intermediate level park with 2 x red loops and one blue one. Aprox 1.5 hours of riding.

 

 Typical trail, with lots of very wet puddles. 

Typical trail, with lots of very wet puddles. 

 A sweet afternoons riding. Soaked thru from the puddles and mud in the bits where you don't want mud.

A sweet afternoons riding. Soaked thru from the puddles and mud in the bits where you don't want mud.

After our 3rd day in the lakes we headed off back to Glossop to get ready to head of to Matlock on the Saturday morning for the big party.

I took the Friday off and headed into Manchester to go and visit the science and industrial muesum.  

 

 After talking to this guy I have a better understanding of the English chanel system. This guy brought his boat for 20k pounds in london and it took him 3 weeks to motor to Manchester.    

After talking to this guy I have a better understanding of the English chanel system. This guy brought his boat for 20k pounds in london and it took him 3 weeks to motor to Manchester. 

 

 Very nice dock location,  with a few nice pubs overlooking the area.   

Very nice dock location,  with a few nice pubs overlooking the area.

 

 Old set of locks 

Old set of locks 

After this photo was taken I headed back to the train station. That is when I came across the Piccadilly pub craft brew house.

 

 A black board full of sweet tastings

A black board full of sweet tastings

After a train hm and a last night at Glossop we headed off towards Matlock early Saturday morning. Pete had strained a wrist riding a ridged bike and had organised for me to have a ride with his mate Phil and a couple of his mates in the Lady bower dam area.

 

 Me getting dropped of for the ride.

Me getting dropped of for the ride.

We were heading on an out and back 30k ride across the moors with a convenient cafe at the far end.

 

 Came across these 2 chaps riding electric German Haibike fat bikes. Yes I did scam a ride!! 50 lbs and fast!  And yes we need to talk about getting one. Apparently there is a new full susser due in 3 months with Yamaha electrics. Will be 10k nzd plus.   

Came across these 2 chaps riding electric German Haibike fat bikes. Yes I did scam a ride!! 50 lbs and fast!

And yes we need to talk about getting one. Apparently there is a new full susser due in 3 months with Yamaha electrics. Will be 10k nzd plus.

 

 This is the Hardest bit on the return leg. Stone steps down the last Ridge, This was the best bit on the ride. Others took the nana line.

This is the Hardest bit on the return leg. Stone steps down the last Ridge, This was the best bit on the ride. Others took the nana line.

Bloody shite.  Photos not coming up.

I will post and try again

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More Continued

After getting back to the bottom We had to go back and get the 110.

Pee rode off in front and picked it up and then came back to get me. I had missed a turn so waited on the road side till he found me. 

 

 This is part of the off road section that makes up the 76k loop

This is part of the off road section that makes up the 76k loop

 Not sure if Petes feeling ok about my Driving.

Not sure if Petes feeling ok about my Driving.

 Mr sheep holding up progress

Mr sheep holding up progress

 The drive was heaps of fun and the 110 doing it easy.

The drive was heaps of fun and the 110 doing it easy.

 I think this is the photo of the trip so far! Looking forward to seeing it on a full size monitor. 

I think this is the photo of the trip so far! Looking forward to seeing it on a full size monitor. 

 Our instructions has us passing this old stone circle.

Our instructions has us passing this old stone circle.

Now even though it was late we did manage to get to a pub for a beer

 Pete the model pulled this brochure from the stand in the pub to show me.  Look at the stars on the cover. Pete and Alice!! 

Pete the model pulled this brochure from the stand in the pub to show me.

Look at the stars on the cover. Pete and Alice!! 

Well as you can see it was a big day out.

I cannot thank, Nick and Kate enough for putting up with the 2 Petes and letting us roam about in the 110. 

Awesome  

More soon. 

Cheers Pete  

 

 

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Continued

After about 3 hours of climbing we got to the top of the 3rd Dodd with the mountain still to come. 

The wind was still howling and I was very cold. To get up to the top we had to contend with a narrow Ridge with a drop on both sides so thought it best to stop here and leave the top for another day. 

 

 The last bit of climbing up through this rock garden. We had made our decision to summit this bit and return back down this way as the decent from here on a side trail was the most technical run down.

The last bit of climbing up through this rock garden. We had made our decision to summit this bit and return back down this way as the decent from here on a side trail was the most technical run down.

 The Cain at the top of Raise Dodd. Taking shelter from the wind.

The Cain at the top of Raise Dodd. Taking shelter from the wind.

 Pete doing it easy in his favorite place, the Lakes.

Pete doing it easy in his favorite place, the Lakes.

 As some of you may know, I have a small quantity of my mother's ashes, I take Jean away with me on my big journeys and let her spirit join me in these amazing places. I bet She is loving this wild place!   

As some of you may know, I have a small quantity of my mother's ashes, I take Jean away with me on my big journeys and let her spirit join me in these amazing places. I bet She is loving this wild place!

 

 A long way up rewards you with a long way down. Riding this was so good, what Fat bikes Excell at. 

A long way up rewards you with a long way down. Riding this was so good, what Fat bikes Excell at. 

 More down

More down

 More rock Garden anyone?

More rock Garden anyone?

 Wow, finally made it to the bottom. This is an old slate quarry.

Wow, finally made it to the bottom. This is an old slate quarry.

 It felt a bit like the Alps to sea race, but alas it's only a lake. Lol

It felt a bit like the Alps to sea race, but alas it's only a lake. Lol

Well that's the 1/2 of this day done.

More to come. 

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Lakes 2

Hi All.

Just checked the blog on Petes laptop and a few pictures have not loaded. Not sure why or how to fix it sorry. 

I will just keep going with it and see how we go.  

Day 2 in the lakes had us waking to a very wet morning, with the weather supposed to improve after lunch. The plan was to set out to get to the top of the 2nd highest mountain in Britain. 

Helvellyn is 950m h starting at about 150m above sea level. 

Kate had us take the 110 with a yet untried adventure drive that had us completing a 76k drive with a 10 off road section. 

 Pete loading the bikes in the 110 ready for our departure. 

Pete loading the bikes in the 110 ready for our departure. 

 The start of the climb. Looks nice, but is absolutely running with water. Our first hill is the Great Dodds 2.5 miles of uphill wetness.

The start of the climb. Looks nice, but is absolutely running with water. Our first hill is the Great Dodds 2.5 miles of uphill wetness.

 Unloading the bikes, wind is up and moody clouds are wiping thru.

Unloading the bikes, wind is up and moody clouds are wiping thru.

 Very mossy ground that holds the water. A very slow slog.

Very mossy ground that holds the water. A very slow slog.

 Still a way to go to the top of the Dodd. 

Still a way to go to the top of the Dodd. 

 Looking back, it's a fair climb so far.

Looking back, it's a fair climb so far.

We need to go over 3 Dodds  (hills) before we get to the last climb to the top.

The wind is howling up here and nearly impossible to ride.  

 

 Like my new do? Pete sheltering in a rock Cain at the top of the hill while we have a bite to eat.

Like my new do? Pete sheltering in a rock Cain at the top of the hill while we have a bite to eat.

 One Dodd to the next.

One Dodd to the next.

 This is how to climb a Dodd.  Pete showing how it's done.

This is how to climb a Dodd.  Pete showing how it's done.

 The last Dodd in the distance before the mountain behind.

The last Dodd in the distance before the mountain behind.

 looking down at one of the lakes off the side of the trail.

looking down at one of the lakes off the side of the trail.

I will save this now to see if it helps with the amount of data it's uploading and then start another one.

Cheers Pete  

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The lakes

Pete and I set out in the little car with Keela for a 2 hour drive to Ambleside. 

Ambleside is in the south Lakes, Pete and Alice both completed there outdoor education course  here and its where they meet. 

Pete ended up working for Kankku off road driving adventures and it was here that we were heading.     Www.kankku.co.uk

 

The business owners Nick and Kate have about 20 4x4s that they hire our for both guided and self drive use.

 

 Kate showing Pete our Bed for the night. EX MOD 4x4 Bedford 

Kate showing Pete our Bed for the night. EX MOD 4x4 Bedford 

 This is one of the camping spots on the Farm.  Lucky for us the weather turned and we ended up inside In one of the luxurious lodges.

This is one of the camping spots on the Farm.  Lucky for us the weather turned and we ended up inside In one of the luxurious lodges.

 Nicks home away from home long drop.  Genius!

Nicks home away from home long drop.  Genius!

 Kate had Pete and I take out a newly purchased defender 110 on a 2 hour tour to see how it would go.

Kate had Pete and I take out a newly purchased defender 110 on a 2 hour tour to see how it would go.

 L/R 90 and a Pajero driving down a local narrow track. 

L/R 90 and a Pajero driving down a local narrow track. 

After our run in the 110 we headed of home and grabbed our bikes.

Pete also worked at a local bike shop, so we hooked up with Andy from Bike treks and went out for a late evening ride.

 Some of the crew.

Some of the crew.

 bugger. Haven't figured how to delete a selected photo!

bugger. Haven't figured how to delete a selected photo!

 Andy the Boss. Never wears a Helmet. 

Andy the Boss. Never wears a Helmet. 

It was at this point the Weather turned and it pissed down so no more photos from this day.

These were taken at about 8.00pm.

We ended the ride with lights about 10.00m soaked thru. To wet even to go to the Pub.

Right enough for now, as it's 11.15pm, more tomorrow. 

Cheers Pete  

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Monday

Hi All.

Pete and I have just got back to Glossop from the Lakes. 

No useful WiFi was available so I am a bit behind with the blog. 

We had a sweet time up there. I will  add what photos I can in a bit to catch up a bit. 

 There's a track in there somewhere. Lots of toaster size rocks lurking.

There's a track in there somewhere. Lots of toaster size rocks lurking.

 Loved these tech decents. Blizzard so good in these conditions.

Loved these tech decents. Blizzard so good in these conditions.

 Ben doing all the Hard work filling in Wyns new Herb garden.  Pete not sure what the brown stuff is on his hands

Ben doing all the Hard work filling in Wyns new Herb garden.

Pete not sure what the brown stuff is on his hands

Sweet. More to come.

Cheers Pete  

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Matlock 2

Our 2nd day at Matlock had us staying at Alices Dads place.

Trevors is a Top bloke, who has a number od business interests in the Arearly.  

One of these is a business building The Milner R5 off road racing truck. These trucks have had great success competing in the UK and Europe.  

 

 The house hiding in the trees

The house hiding in the trees

 Sitting in Trevs car he hand made starting from the age of 19.

Sitting in Trevs car he hand made starting from the age of 19.

 Milner R5. 1200kg 4.7l Luxus v8. Milner built rear gear box/transfer axle unit.

Milner R5. 1200kg 4.7l Luxus v8. Milner built rear gear box/transfer axle unit.

 Glass body, tube frame a work of art.

Glass body, tube frame a work of art.

 Milner sand cast intake with 8 individual throttle bodies.  AWESOME  

Milner sand cast intake with 8 individual throttle bodies.

AWESOME  

 Ben getting some mower time sorting out the paddock.

Ben getting some mower time sorting out the paddock.

 Cool as fire in the house. It pivots around so you can have the fire box towards you on either side of the room.

Cool as fire in the house. It pivots around so you can have the fire box towards you on either side of the room.

 Trevors has recently purchased an old bar in Matlock Bath and is renovating it.  A must visit as the fishpond is amazing  

Trevors has recently purchased an old bar in Matlock Bath and is renovating it.

A must visit as the fishpond is amazing  

 Miss Alice drinking from a beer mug that Peter got for his Birthday. 

Miss Alice drinking from a beer mug that Peter got for his Birthday. 

We dropped Ben and Christina off at the train station and then headed off back to Glossop. 

On the way home my guides drove me past Chatsworth House.

This is a massive 107 room was built around the 15th century. It is one of the UK biggest stately homes. 

 

 A major tourist attraction Chatsworth house

A major tourist attraction Chatsworth house

 BBQ at Petes for tea when we got home.

BBQ at Petes for tea when we got home.

Well, we are heading up to the Lake District today and I am not sure how we will go with WiFi when we are up there.

All the best for the next few days and fill you in as best as I can. 

Cheers Pete  

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High Tor

After our ride with Phil, we headed of to the train station to get Ben and Christina.

They had traveled up to Matlock on the train from London.  

We headed on up to Wyns place and then set of for a walk on the Giddy edge.. High Tor is the area on the top of a very steep cliff that overlooks Matlock Bath.

There is a natural warm spring in the area where Matlock Bath gets its name. It was very popular in the Victorian age. Currently the baths have very big gold fish in them and they are not used for bathing.

 

 Ben and Christina standing on the Giddy edge. 

Ben and Christina standing on the Giddy edge. 

 A view of the cable car that runs up the side of the valley 

A view of the cable car that runs up the side of the valley 

 This rock area has been carved out during the lead mining process.

This rock area has been carved out during the lead mining process.

 Alice, Wyn, Pete, Christina and Ben. This cut in the rock was well over 100m long and 10-15m deep in places.

Alice, Wyn, Pete, Christina and Ben. This cut in the rock was well over 100m long and 10-15m deep in places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A view down over Matlock

A view down over Matlock

After spending  a great afternoon with Wyn, we headed of out to Alices Dad Trevors house.

Trev Has a 36 acre bit of land about 10 mins drive from Matlock.  

Cheers  for now

Pete

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Matlock

Hi All. 

After our ride we headed of in the car to Matlock. This is about an hours drive across to the south side of the Peak District. 

Matlock and area is where the industrial revolution started in the late 1700s with the start of the textile industries.  Also there was a lot of Lead mining in the Peak District with one of the biggest mines with over 170 miles of underground tunnels located just out of Matlock.

 

 After arriving at Matlock and having Tea, Winner,  Alices Mum took us to the local for a drink.  Murtle and Keela the dog where also allowed in the pub!

After arriving at Matlock and having Tea, Winner,  Alices Mum took us to the local for a drink.

Murtle and Keela the dog where also allowed in the pub!

 First thing in the morning we headed out for a ride with Petes mate Phil.

First thing in the morning we headed out for a ride with Petes mate Phil.

 Riding in the local woods

Riding in the local woods

 Looking down into the Valley and this massive house.

Looking down into the Valley and this massive house.

 New local money allowed this modern rendition of a castle to be built on the hill behind Wins house in the 1800s. It is being renovated at the moment into flash apartments. 

New local money allowed this modern rendition of a castle to be built on the hill behind Wins house in the 1800s. It is being renovated at the moment into flash apartments. 

I have one stuck photo so I will update this and see what happens. 

Cheers Pete  

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A Ride with Dave

Hi All. 

I have been having issues with getting the photos to upload from the tablet so things are running a couple of days behind. 

Pete and I wend out for a ride with Petes mate Dave. Dave has been living in Glossop for the last 3 years and has a wider knowledge of the trails.

Dave has up up on another area of the moors so getting a better understanding of the area. 

Dave rides a 29er plus Crampas and a Transition 29er. Had the transition out for this ride, and Pete was out on his hardtail with front suspension.

 

 Dave and Pete with the purple flowers out on the Heather.  The heather only flowers for a couple of weeks a year.

Dave and Pete with the purple flowers out on the Heather.

The heather only flowers for a couple of weeks a year.

 Moreland trail.

Moreland trail.

 Getting used to seeing these signs about. If you are going exploring you still need to take a map, as it would be easy to get your self lost.

Getting used to seeing these signs about. If you are going exploring you still need to take a map, as it would be easy to get your self lost.

 Pete getting into direction mode lol.

Pete getting into direction mode lol.

 

 

 The Peaks is a large water catchment area. This is a local dam. Amazing stone house in the back ground .

The Peaks is a large water catchment area. This is a local dam. Amazing stone house in the back ground .

 Heading back home. Massive stone blocks coming away from the cliff.

Heading back home. Massive stone blocks coming away from the cliff.

 Whats this, a Pub! Might need to stop in for a taste!

Whats this, a Pub! Might need to stop in for a taste!

We, so far have kept up with a ride every day.

Heading of to stay with Alices Mum in Matlock tonight and her Dad on Saturday night.

Be and Christina are coming up from London for the weekend so it will be mint to see them again.

Cheers Pete  

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HOPE AND A PINION

Hi All.

Today we loaded the bikes into Petes little car and headed out over the Snake pass to the Hope valley.  

Hope is a very small Village in the Hope vally over the hill from Glossop. The Hope valley area is home to some of the oldest mountain bike trails in the uk

At Hope, there is a bike shop called 18 bikes. This shop is the UK agent for the Pinion internal gearbox. Pinion gearboxs are made in Germany and are available with 9, 12 or 18 speeds. 

18 bikes have a steel hardtail with a 18 speed gearbox that Pete and I where able to test ride. 

 

 18 bikes Hope valley 

18 bikes Hope valley 

 Pinion 18 speed gearbox

Pinion 18 speed gearbox

 Gearbox operated by a twist shift mech.

Gearbox operated by a twist shift mech.

 Twist shifter.

Twist shifter.

The bike rode very well, there is a 11% gap between each gear so 18 speeds is a few to many.

The 12 speed one will be the ticket. The Gearbox shifted great and rode well. Pinion are working on a Fat bike specific box. It feels much like a normal drive rather that the spongy feel you get with an aline. 

After out test ride we headed of into the local hills. 

 

 Pete getting ready to climb up this old Roman road.

Pete getting ready to climb up this old Roman road.

 lumpy rocky track. Awesome for the Fat bikes.

lumpy rocky track. Awesome for the Fat bikes.

 Stone cross with directions chiseled in the top faces

Stone cross with directions chiseled in the top faces

 The Beast of Hope cross. Aptly named rocky down hill. Very slippery and loads of fun

The Beast of Hope cross. Aptly named rocky down hill. Very slippery and loads of fun

 Pete at speed

Pete at speed

 The result of Pete at Speed 

The result of Pete at Speed 

 Heading back down. An open grassy blast back to Hope valley. 

Heading back down. An open grassy blast back to Hope valley. 

 Ye Olde pub. Had to have a beer after the ride

Ye Olde pub. Had to have a beer after the ride

 Just so happens that there is a Brewery 5 mins walk from Petes 

Just so happens that there is a Brewery 5 mins walk from Petes 

 Small place but nice beer. Had to buy a few to taste 

Small place but nice beer. Had to buy a few to taste 

Well it was another great day out.

I think the Pinion was the star of the day though. 

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It was Petes 30th birthday as well and we headed out for a meal and a few beers.

The photos have not come thru for me to add so I will  see if they are available tomorrow. 

Off for a ride with Petes mate Dave this arvo and then off to Matlock tonight.

See ya then. 

Cheers Pete  

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A ride from Glossip

Time for another ride.

We set of from home and drop down thru town heading for another big climb up onto the moor. 

 

 Looking back at Glossip as we start out climb. Every thing is lovely and green.

Looking back at Glossip as we start out climb. Every thing is lovely and green.

 The way up is on a stoney farmers track. Miles and miles of stone fences built with out any mortar. 

The way up is on a stoney farmers track. Miles and miles of stone fences built with out any mortar. 

 We then turn of the track and make our way up through the peat and heather 

We then turn of the track and make our way up through the peat and heather 

 The trail is just a walking track that has worn through the heather exposing the peat.  Boggy in places. A nice steady gradient but slow due to the soft ground .

The trail is just a walking track that has worn through the heather exposing the peat.

Boggy in places. A nice steady gradient but slow due to the soft ground .

 Pete giving it some as we get close to the top. His fat bike running 4 inch tires and a ridged fork

Pete giving it some as we get close to the top. His fat bike running 4 inch tires and a ridged fork

 This is the Pennine way. It runs across the top of England from one side to the other.  There are 1000s of meters of these hand laid stone slabs that run across the tops.    

This is the Pennine way. It runs across the top of England from one side to the other.

There are 1000s of meters of these hand laid stone slabs that run across the tops. 

 

 A family having a snack amongst the wreckage of a WW2 US superfortress bomber that crashed on the moors.

A family having a snack amongst the wreckage of a WW2 US superfortress bomber that crashed on the moors.

 On our way back down. Pete snaking down though the heather.   

On our way back down. Pete snaking down though the heather.

 

  

 

 The remains of one of the engines. No one died at in this crash.   

The remains of one of the engines. No one died at in this crash.

 

 Rough and rocky

Rough and rocky

 It's rocky sand stone or peat! View back over Glossip on the way down

It's rocky sand stone or peat! View back over Glossip on the way down

 

 

 That's Manchester city in the background 

That's Manchester city in the background 

Well, Pete and I are of to test ride a new bike with a Pinion gearbox, so should have some neat photos tomorrow.

Cheers Pete  

 Missing engine photo

Missing engine photo

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The First ride out

Hi All.

After a morning of jobs and a visit to Petes workshop we set out for a run up the hill. 

 

It is a 5 min ride from Petes back door and we are into the climb. A farmers track heading of up into the hill. All ready you can feel the soft peat under the tires.

We make our way up on a very baron landscape. The tallest plant is about 1 foot tall.

 

 Half way up

Half way up

 Keela the sheep dog

Keela the sheep dog

 The trig point on Cock hill

The trig point on Cock hill

 Crossing the tops the very boggy track has duct boards across the worst of it.  The fat bikes were mint, the ground very pliant under the wheels. 

Crossing the tops the very boggy track has duct boards across the worst of it.

The fat bikes were mint, the ground very pliant under the wheels. 

 You can see the little purple flowers coming out on the heater. 

You can see the little purple flowers coming out on the heater. 

 Not sure but this might be the top.   Weather was damp and windy. 

Not sure but this might be the top. 

Weather was damp and windy. 

 Lots of sections made of hand laid stone across the peat.

Lots of sections made of hand laid stone across the peat.

 The start of the down back to town.  It's a bummer but the track finishes at the door of Peters local pub.

The start of the down back to town.

It's a bummer but the track finishes at the door of Peters local pub.

 The tracks a bit rough in places

The tracks a bit rough in places

 Blaze the landlord and pint of Jaipur, 5.8 percent and a very nice drop

Blaze the landlord and pint of Jaipur, 5.8 percent and a very nice drop

Well, awesome first ride. Missed a couple of shots that show how tough  the track really was.

I will add them at a later date. 

Cheers Pete  

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Oop North

Up Monday morning and of to the train.

I took the train back into London and had a 1/2 hour ride from Liverpool station to Euston Station.

Look who I bumped into on the way. 

 

 Ginger out in his van. Whats the odds of bumping into him in London

Ginger out in his van. Whats the odds of bumping into him in London

After leaving Gary, I headed to my train. $35 quid to manchester. 

 

 My Virgin train getting ready to wizz me to the North.

My Virgin train getting ready to wizz me to the North.

 Miles and miles of wheat 

Miles and miles of wheat 

I arrived in Manchester and then took another train out to Glossip.

Glossip is about 20k from Manchester heading up to the Peak District  .

 

 My first view of Glossip.

My first view of Glossip.

I managed to get myself to Pete and Alices place OK.

 

 Out for a walk with Pete and Alice

Out for a walk with Pete and Alice

I was looking for some very big mountains that made up the Peak District, Turns out that the area is named after a tribe of people called Pecsatean that lived there in the 6th century.

The area is best described as Moreland so it will be cool to get up amongst it.

 

 Pete and his mum Paul with some local wildlife. I think these birds are imports!

Pete and his mum Paul with some local wildlife. I think these birds are imports!

I was welcomed with a few beers at the local pub and a wonderful cooked meal.

Good times to come.

 

 Alice in her lovely uniform. 

Alice in her lovely uniform. 

 Pete, Alice and Paula  overlooking a water reservoir 5 mins walk from their house.  The peaks away in the background  

Pete, Alice and Paula  overlooking a water reservoir 5 mins walk from their house.

The peaks away in the background  

Well the weather forcast is not looking the best for the next week so it will be out with the rain coat me thinks.

See ya all soon. 

Cheers Pete  

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The Track

I headed back over to the track on the Blizzard to complete a loop riding the Olympic severe lines.

There are about 8 man made rock sections around the 3k course that have a blue, red or black line. 

 

 The Olympic bike 

The Olympic bike 

the track has very good facilities, with a bike shop, cafe and shop all built in new buildings. 

 

 Track marking, managed all the blacks except the gap jump.

Track marking, managed all the blacks except the gap jump.

 shop and facilities. Bike shop round the back

shop and facilities. Bike shop round the back

I bumped into a couple of other riders, an Italian guy and a guy Louis from NZ.

We sifted around the track together. 

 

 This is the rock garden. One of the man made sections.

This is the rock garden. One of the man made sections.

 Wide open spaces 

Wide open spaces 

 This is the Hardest bit on track. Steeper than it looks .

This is the Hardest bit on track. Steeper than it looks .

 Louis the Kiwi

Louis the Kiwi

Turned out to be a sweet after noon.

I stopped off for a beer with Dennis on the way home. 

 

 Dennis, chatting about his NZ trip. Good times 

Dennis, chatting about his NZ trip. Good times 

Well off to the north tomorrow.  

A big thanks to Rob and Chris for the awesome weekend. 

Get well soon as Chris, and get back on that bike. 

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Leigh on Sea

Today we set out from Rob and Chris,s by bike heading out to the coast.

Essex is flat rolling land with lots of small woods I and farmers fields.

There are trails between all the woods and tracks all through them.

R&C have a good knowledge of their area so we were able to cover of about 15k of trails with out any major roads. 

 

 Typical path across the fields    

Typical path across the fields 

 

 Chris tackling some of the downed trees that litter the woods

Chris tackling some of the downed trees that litter the woods

The trails are good fun with lots of little bits and pieces to ride on and over.

Looks like they would get muddy in the winter. We then made our way to Leigh on Sea looking for a advertised beer festival. 

What we found was a small gathering in a local hall. 

 

 

 Beer by the keg

Beer by the keg

We did not stay as there was no where to keep the bikes so we made our way doe to old Leigh.

 

 Rob, Chris and Den Den and the view across the estuary 

Rob, Chris and Den Den and the view across the estuary 

 We collared a guy riding past on a On One fatty and dragged it into shot.  We lucked in as the pub sold Brew Dog punk by the glass

We collared a guy riding past on a On One fatty and dragged it into shot.

We lucked in as the pub sold Brew Dog punk by the glass

 Whats that green sticker doing on my monitor?

Whats that green sticker doing on my monitor?

 A man made beach just like Wellington 

A man made beach just like Wellington 

We then made our way home back through the woods heading for home.

 

 Bugger. Chris had one of those not even riding little tumbles that resulted in 2 broken bones in her left ankle. A trip to A&E and a leg in plaster the result.

Bugger. Chris had one of those not even riding little tumbles that resulted in 2 broken bones in her left ankle. A trip to A&E and a leg in plaster the result.

Well, that was a poor end to an awesome day. All the best Chris for a speady recovery 

 

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Well, I get to go back to the mountain bike track today so I will show you all tomorrow. 

Cheers Pete  

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ESSEX

Hi All.

Friday was the day I left London and headed out to Essex to catch up with Rod and Chris. 

I meet Rob and Chris in Afan south wales in 2013 on my way to India.

We have kept in touch since then and they have kindly invited me out to theirs to stay and ride with them. 

 

 Bike on the train. Just put it anywhere they said.

Bike on the train. Just put it anywhere they said.

it was a 40 min journey from Liverpool st station to get out to Rayleigh. 

 

 Rob getting the bikes ready for a ride over to meet Michael Travers at the 2012 Olympic course.

Rob getting the bikes ready for a ride over to meet Michael Travers at the 2012 Olympic course.

Chris meet me at the station ans we headed home to drop of my luggage.

Rob came home early and we bikes over to the track, about 40 min away. 

I had arranged to meet with Michael to view and test out his bikes. 

Mike had a fatty, tandem and a 29er plus range of Ti bikes for me to look over.

 

 29er plus tandem   

29er plus tandem

 

 Fat bike and 29er plus

Fat bike and 29er plus

Mike is the designer of the bikes and they are made in China. Mike has worked with 3 manufacturers to find the right one. The quality of the welding was top notch. He also has a carbon fork made to his design and the whole package was awesome.

The fat bike with the next carbon rims is 10.1kg ready to roll. 

The track is very smooth with man made rock features so nothing to really tax the bike, but it climbed like a rocket and had a awesome trail based geometry.

Current frame price is 1400 ukp. Good value I think, better if our dollar was not out the ass.

Check them out at www.traversbikes.com

 

  We then headed from the track round to Hadleigh castle 

 

This site overlooks the Thames estuary and out to sea.

 

 Looking down towards South end on Sea

Looking down towards South end on Sea

When then headed back home and stopped into the local for a pint. As you do!

 

 Rob displaying the Brew Dog punk IPA we found.  Best beer in the UK to date.    

Rob displaying the Brew Dog punk IPA we found.

Best beer in the UK to date. 

 

 Next best. Both these beers re out in front by a long way

Next best. Both these beers re out in front by a long way

Well, a very good start to the holiday, thanks to Rob and Chris. 

Cheers Pete  

 Wicked views. 

Wicked views. 

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