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Twinkle
01-08-2014, 02:15 PM
Hi folks

John ( The Sandman ) and I were thinking of organising a weekend meet in June .( possible the second weekend ) I have found a local ( to us ) Caravan and Camping Site That could accommodate us in June , We were thinking of a long weekend get together at this Campsite that is within 300 yds of the sea in Seaford ,Sussex , all would be welcome , ( booking direct with them once we had sorted out the dates) , Its a fairly basic campsite with toilet block etc and a small clubhouse on site , Locally there are a few attractions , Newhaven Fort , The remains of the tidemills , a Martello tower and museum , and several cycle paths , Barbecues are allowed on site and on the beach , Brighton and Eastbourne are about 12 miles away and there are other attractions

Prices range from £7 for a cyclist and tent to £20 a night with electric hookup for a caravan pitch , there are no hire facilities there so it would be bring your own tent , caravan or camper . There is a railway station nearby ( Bishopstone ) and a Morrisons Supermarket in the town .

At present we were look to find if anyone would be interested before making any commitment .
I am happy to take PMs on providing more details if required .

With an organised ride to Newhaven Fort and a Barbecue

regards emma

DannyC
01-08-2014, 06:32 PM
Sounds good.
I would love to take part.
The other half might object, but I am sure it will be ok.

Talk soon.

Dan.

go1000go
01-09-2014, 02:11 AM
Sounds good.
I would love to take part.
The other half might object, but I am sure it will be ok.

Talk soon.

Dan.

Dan, a dilemma that you are unlikely to be unique in having, I enjoy the same. LOL

However if my better half is not wishing to participate then all is fine. Just need to look at logistics involved as the zombiefest south is a bit off the beaten track for us northern boys and girls, but still interested and if events happen then why not the south coast, good call Emma and Sandman.

Thinking about the rides being planned, I suspect some of use might have a couple of wheeled creations, some for speed and distance, some for cruising and possibly spin cycles, unicycles velocino etc - because we can. Just wondering if there is a distance ride and a cruise ride?

Twinkle
01-09-2014, 04:55 PM
Looking at it from the non zombie part of the family including the younger ones .

They have .... Brighton and Eastbourne within 15 miles and within that radius , A cider tasting farm , Drusilla Zoo and a sealife centre , The palace pier , the marina and the Brighton wheel to name just 3 of the attractions of Brighton
As well as the Ferry to France from Newhaven , and the beach with in walking distance of the site

regards emma

sandman
01-14-2014, 02:07 PM
Hi all,
At the moment we have 4 confirmed riders with trikes and one dog that rides shotgun,plans are still fluid so any input is welcome, hope we can tempt a few more into what will be a fun weekend, for those north of Watford, we will be offering translation services and possibly a supply of wrights pies :evilgrin: cant get better than that can it ???
John

Twinkle
06-25-2014, 07:12 PM
Hi Folks
John, Tula , Ken and I are still interested in a camping weekend in the area ( thats 4 trikes between us and a terrier riding shotgun ) , yesterday ( Wednesday ) I have been to see another campsite , this one in Lancing with nearby cycle paths into Worthing and Shoreham , If anyone is interested in a camping weekend about 5 miles west of Brighton ( OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOLS SUMMER HOLIDAYS ) please shout now , we need to book at least 3 weeks in advance , There could be a spare tent or 2 and some other items available for the weekend if you are lacking the items , This site is about £16 a night for 2 persons and tent ,minimum of 2 nights. Its called the barn in Old salts farm road lancing
There is a Asda local and other supermarkets , pubs with live music and fish and chips , the site is about 1/2 a mile from the beach and a mile from shoreham airport that does pleasure flights , local museums , couple of local bike shops and other attractions .
We hope to ride out to the Camp site and return using a trailer , but if there is a lot of support I can drive out there first , meet someone ,and dump off the tents etc and return with my trike later and collect the stuff after the weekend ,

regards emma

edspedalcars
06-26-2014, 07:55 PM
Hi Emma

Sounds like you're going to have a fun time, on your camping trip.

Reminds me a bit of the times I spent there, and the day trips to the sea.

Anyway, in case you get tired going to all those sites, you have listed, here is an idea for you.

The RV club I joined, has taught me a card game, that the whole group gets involved in.
You may have heard of it, or even played it before. We call it, 'Chasing Aces'

This is a fast paced, no scoring, cut throat, hilarious type game.
The version the club plays, is with quarters, (in place of poker chips), three of them.

Usually the most one can lose, would be whatever the group decides, will be the losing 'hand amount', times three.
It's great for those times when everyone, wants to just share the camping experience and companionship of friends.

I included the rules, as we play the game, in case it may be of interest.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2073937_play-chase-ace-card-game.html

A variation we play, is when a player holds a KING. A king is like a wild card, and when the person, to your right wants to trade you cards, you just show your, King. That person is, 'stuck' with the card in their hand. (The King never loses).

Our last trip, I won, one of the nightly games, winning, $11.50 USD
in quarters. For awhile now, I will get to play, on 'their money'.

Hope we see some, pics and commentary of your trip.

Have fun !

sandman
06-27-2014, 02:33 PM
hello
I am booking 4 pitches for tents and people , thats two spare pitches paid for that as yet unused , anyone interested in taking them up ? date for two nights from 11th july or 18th july
contact Emma or myself
John

DannyC
06-27-2014, 02:57 PM
Hi Emma,
Thanks for arranging this meeting opportunity.
I will need to get a "Weekend Furlough Pass" from the Governor (She's not into camping or cycling I'm sorry to say).
So let me "socialise" this weekend escape plan and get an OK from SWMBO.

I should be able to confirm my attendance next week.

My only other hurdle will be being able to get the bike in the car (major disassembly required).
Other than these obstacles, I should be OK to join y'all.

I have a 2 man pop-up tent an Original Tilly-Lamp & a Primus stove so I just need a sleeping bag a kettle and a frying-pan (all easily obtained).

Twinkle
06-27-2014, 03:46 PM
Thanks Danny

We can always all pitch in with camping bits and could organize a group breakfast , still thinking about taking the caravan but that involves getting out the back garden on my own , its easier to find the tent , airbed and a duvet .

John is making the financial commitment to the campsite and we hope to get at least 4 trikes and other bikes.

regards all emma

sandman
06-28-2014, 04:11 AM
Ok . confirmed date for meet is 18th july , pitches booked for friday and saturday night lets hope the weather holds:cheesy:

DannyC
06-28-2014, 04:24 AM
My Mummy says I can come out to play with the big boys & girls, so I shall be there. :-)

FrankCrank
06-28-2014, 05:38 AM
...looking forward to some more pics of the meet, last time they were great. At the beach right now in Phuket, on a work assignment. Looks like a centre for kite surfing, loads of them here. Wonder if I could use one to power my trike :evilgrin:.

sandman
06-28-2014, 06:03 AM
...looking forward to some more pics of the meet, last time they were great. At the beach right now in Phuket, on a work assignment. Looks like a centre for kite surfing, loads of them here. Wonder if I could use one to power my trike :evilgrin:.
Hi Frank,
I have seen people using little trike buggys ,foot steered on front wheel with kites so I think unless you have any octopus blood in you your going to run out of hands steering trike and kite:joker:

FrankCrank
06-28-2014, 08:22 AM
...think you're right bout that .....only one pair of hands:juggle2:......just seen another one and his board rises off the water a foot or so, sort of aquaplaning on a sail fin type thing....amazing to see....

Neil B
06-28-2014, 11:47 AM
Watch this Frank

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb69gcz1rSg

FrankCrank
06-29-2014, 06:59 AM
...cheers Neil, wonder what the seagulls make of all this :)

HHJJ
06-29-2014, 01:10 PM
Well, it's a bit far for me at the mo...especially since I haven't completed owt to ride as yet...maybe next time.
Hope you all have a great time and the weather is condusive.
H

Love the windsurfing vid Niel.

Twinkle
06-29-2014, 03:54 PM
Well, it's a bit far for me at the mo...especially since I haven't completed owt to ride as yet...maybe next time.
Hope you all have a great time and the weather is condusive.
H

Love the windsurfing vid Niel.

Tried to google Bolt on but coundnt find it, thats the problem with us down here, we have been told there is nothing above Watford

Regards all and Ken and I are looking forward to this mini meet in just over 2 and a bit weeks .

emma

sandman
06-29-2014, 04:06 PM
My Mummy says I can come out to play with the big boys & girls, so I shall be there. :-)

I shall look forwards to seeing you there Dan :cheesy: ,Emma has hinted that Ken might bring his guitar so with that and my fine Welsh baritone voice we should be able to have the campsite to ourselves in 5 minutes :jester:, this will be a nice warmup for Tuula as we off to Holland in august on the trikes.This camping and touring on trikes is getting quite addictive
regards
john

Twinkle
06-29-2014, 04:17 PM
I shall look forwards to seeing you there Dan :cheesy: ,Emma has hinted that Ken might bring his guitar so with that and my fine Welsh baritone voice we should be able to have the campsite to ourselves in 5 minutes :jester:, this will be a nice warmup for Tuula as we off to Holland in august on the trikes.This camping and touring on trikes is getting quite addictive
regards
john

Also I have just found out that the Sussex hotel ( the local ) has a gig on Friday night , Now all I have to do is finish spraying the 20/20 for Ken to use .

I hope to get there during the afternoon . As we have booked one electric pitch I hope to bring an electric kettle and toaster but I draw the line at taking the microwave with us again when camping .

regards emma

HHJJ
06-29-2014, 04:18 PM
Tried to google Bolt on but coundnt find it, thats the problem with us down here, we have been told there is nothing above Watford


Bolt on...ha ha ha...

Yes, we like to keep it to ourselves how good it is up here so we don't get invaded!

sandman
06-29-2014, 05:11 PM
Bolt on...ha ha ha...

Yes, we like to keep it to ourselves how good it is up here so we don't get invaded!
And the Pennines keep you sub divided too, now that is a ride I would like to do, maybe next year but my goal is to ride the camino but we shall see.

DannyC
06-29-2014, 05:44 PM
And the Pennines keep you sub divided too, now that is a ride I would like to do, maybe next year but my goal is to ride the camino but we shall see.

.....My goal is to get to the AZ UK Southern area meet and just keep up with the rest of the folks....and perhaps/maybe/***-willing to do the LTB next year....you never know till you try. :)

sandman
06-29-2014, 05:52 PM
.....My goal is to get to the AZ UK Southern area meet and just keep up with the rest of the folks....and perhaps/maybe/***-willing to do the LTB next year....you never know till you try. :)
I said never again to LTB when I finished it this year, cant think why am registered for next years ride, so see you there Dan

HHJJ
06-30-2014, 08:52 AM
And the Pennines keep you sub divided too, now that is a ride I would like to do, maybe next year but my goal is to ride the camino but we shall see.

So you'll be up for the Blackpool to Scarborough then!

Have cycled from Preston to Leeds (a decade or two ago).
The Pennines themselves are not so bad but between Huddersfield and Leeds the up and downs get rather wearing.
I'll start with the Bolton to Huddersfield when I get mi machine built. It's only 40 miles but that would be including the Pennines.
I have done it on the DF.
Have friends there and folks in Leeds.

what is the Camino?

HHJJ
06-30-2014, 08:57 AM
.....My goal is to get to the AZ UK Southern area meet and just keep up with the rest of the folks....and perhaps/maybe/***-willing to do the LTB next year....you never know till you try. :)

Go for it Dan!
It's a great feeling when you troll onto the promenade to a round of applause.
( I did the LTB in mi youth....and the London to Cambridge, and London to Oxford and London to Southend (on my 30th birthday. Friends husband took a bottle of fizz in his pannier for me and surprised me at the end.) And London to Barrow in furness.
Happy days!

DannyC
06-30-2014, 10:26 AM
This year I will be 60 (December 29th, so start planning all of the gifts early so as to avoid causing any disappointment or embarrassment) :jester:; so if I can do the LTB in my 61st year on the planet it would be a wonderful moment for me.

I still need to lose at least another 30 pounds :surprised: (already lost over 30 and feel a lot better for it). More biking will help, of course but I am so hooked on "making" there seems to be limited time.

HHJJ
06-30-2014, 11:03 AM
Well done on dropping the 30lbs! Can you drop a few for me while you're at it?
How many miles do you go at a time now?

The first time I did the LTB I'd only had new bike and been on it a couple of weeks and the most I had done was 20 miles.
Admittedly I was in my twenties then, but I did walk up Ditchling Beacon, and I reckon I could do it now (at 57) if I trained up a bit as I know what's needed now, there's plenty hills round here to practice on, and I do have lower gears these days. Think that was two front rings and a 10-24 freewheel.

DannyC
06-30-2014, 11:45 AM
I have found that a rigorous diet of Vodka-red bull and deep-fried Mars Bars works a treat! :jester: JK.

To be honest my weight went up to 16 Stone (101Kg) mainly because of the Heart-Meds and an enforced sedentary life because I could not walk more htan 200 yards or stand for more than 5 minutes at a time.

All I have done since the hip replacement last April is try NOT to "snack" between meals and only have one main meal a day.

The most I have ridden is about 12 miles at a leisurely average of 7MPH. So I have a long way to go before being ready for anything like the LTB.
The new hip is fully bedded in I think and unless I do a lot of standing ladder-work the leg does not seem to lock-up like it did earlier this year.

I just need to get some miles in to improve my stamina (and lose more weight) and I should be good to go.

Honest!!

HHJJ
06-30-2014, 12:28 PM
Ah, I see.
Hopefully all the stuff you are falling to bits with will continue to mend quickly Dan.
12 miles, why that's nearly a quarter of the way!
Keep it up. Regularity is the key.
You'll get to a point where you're flying along and don't want to stop!

There was a point after my back went that the docs said I shouldn't cycle again. Had to stay off it for a year, but I have done up to 50 miles in a day since.
Did 15 this very morn.
Hopefully when I gets mi a recumbent sorted I will be able to do plenty miles regularly.

sandman
06-30-2014, 02:38 PM
Well Dan and H, I did LTB last year for the first time at 64...................ohhhhhhhhh having not ridden a bike or trike in years and have to say actually riding all the way up the beacon was quite life changing for me, and this year was even better as I knew what I was capable of.
some of those rides H sound very tempting to me, I enjoy speeding downhill but equally love to bimble along and enjoy the scenery and one of the advantages of building your own machine is you can create any gear range you want :cheesy:.
The camino is an old pilgrims route to Santiago that people travel in all sorts of ways, most start in France at St Jean Pied de Port then cross the Pyrennes into Spain then head to Santiago..
If you google The Way of St James you will get a better picture of the whole thing,But I think I will keep that one for when I grow up HAHA. For now its the camp and another dutch trip in august then really must get back to building
John

HHJJ
06-30-2014, 02:45 PM
I know somebody that was walking El Camino, I reacall now.

Have you done Box Hill yet John?
Well done on the cycling up the Beacon.

sandman
06-30-2014, 03:17 PM
Have you done Box Hill yet John?.
Not done that one,too many Lycraty about :surprised:

HHJJ
06-30-2014, 03:23 PM
Not done that one,too many Lycraty about :surprised:

Has to be done though nonetheless....put it on yer list.

The Cat
07-02-2014, 04:58 AM
The Cat hopes for a Meow of a time to all at the Zombiefest. Good to read that Emma's idea of a Summer outing bore fruit. She spoke of this outing to me last year.

Regards to all and don't forget the tea.

sandman
07-06-2014, 12:36 PM
It has occurred to me that our meet location is a short ride away from the famous Sompting treacle mines, maybe a visit to the remains of them might be interesting?
I have a loose connection with them in so far as my great uncle Archimedes Thragwhistle invented the steam lubricated treacle shovel,which increased productivity by a large order of magnitude, but hastened the demise of treacle mining in the UK :(.
What do you think Emma and Dan ?
regards
John

Twinkle
07-06-2014, 01:25 PM
Hi John
That could be the early evening ride on Friday night :alien:

On the ride to Worthing on Saturday we will pass the Underground cold war lookout bunkers and shelter at Brooklands , it is noted for its lack of a loo .( who designed that ):( ...:confused:

There is also a Gokart track there , where we could swap 3 wheels for 4 for a few laps of a powered Kart :builder2: .. ( oops :taz: forgot mine is powered )
or
ride back to Shoreham for a pleasure flight in a light aircraft .
:wings:


regards emma

DannyC
07-06-2014, 05:38 PM
Sound like a lot of fun.
Although the way I heard it the Treacle Miners were in fact POW's press-ganged into a life of indentured servitude and your uncle Archimedes was a "Screw" in the prison colony John.

I do understand that he may have come to a somewhat sticky-end when his woggle got caught in the thrubble-nut masher.

But it is all hearsay, I wasn't there so I shouldn't really comment.

See you on Friday the 18th.....Will bring Gaymers Cider and 5 Park Drive.

Twinkle
07-07-2014, 08:13 AM
Other interesting rides might be

Fort Shoreham

http://www.shorehamfort.co.uk/about/history/

Shoreham Airport

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoreham_Airport

or of course

The Sompting Treacle Mines

And there is a gig on at the local hostelry the New Sussex Hotel

http://www.thenewsussexhotel.co.uk/gig-list/

regards emma

DannyC
07-15-2014, 09:24 AM
Eek!

Weather Service is predicting high temperatures & severe thunderstorms for the South Coast for the duration of our meet.
http://www.ukweatherforecast.co.uk/weather-watch-force-severe-thunderstorms-friday-18th-saturday-19th-july-2014/

If it gets too bad I shall sleep in the car. :-)

Twinkle
07-15-2014, 09:51 AM
Mum lives 4 miles away l will drive back and enjoy a Bed

ok only kidding

regards Emma

DannyC
07-15-2014, 12:57 PM
Well there is good news and ...not so good news.

The good news is that the tyres arrived and are on the trikes wheels.
The not so good news is that I had to leave all the wheels off the trike in order to get it into the car.
Even so, it is invading the front seating area which means that I could never ever have a companion with me on these jaunts, so it is just as well that 'her indoors' isn't coming.

Jjiminy-Christmas is that trike heavy or what? Even with all wheels removed my wife & I struggled to lift it into the car.
I broke the chain return tube fixing as I dragged it deeper into the car, so I'm not sure what to do about that other than try to fix it at the other end when the wheels are back on.

I shall need a hand when we break camp on the Sunday to get it back into the car again.

I sorted myself out with a sleeping bag, a 1-man tent a primus stove and a Tilley lamp.

Is it safe to assume we will be mainly "eating out" and not trying to camp-cook?
I am only anticipating boiling water for tea/coffee and frying the odd bit of bacon you see.

Is there any more of a plan to our get-together?

Twinkle
07-15-2014, 01:23 PM
Well there is good news and ...not so good news.

The good news is that the tyres arrived and are on the trikes wheels.
The not so good news is that I had to leave all the wheels off the trike in order to get it into the car.
Even so, it is invading the front seating area which means that I could never ever have a companion with me on these jaunts, so it is just as well that 'her indoors' isn't coming.


Chain Tube :- fix it at the other end when the wheels are back on. ? do you need anything ? or will you bring what you need ?

I shall need a hand when we break camp on the Sunday to get it back into the car again.

I sorted myself out with a sleeping bag, a 1-man tent a primus stove and a Tilley lamp.


Is there any more of a plan to our get-together?

No Problems with " The other end "

Do you want a length of 20mm plastic tube if so what length

Telehone call later to finalize , :- Friday evening will be Chinese Takeaway , I hope to get there 3 pm ish - I will bring enough tea /milk / cereals to start us off .

There is a barbeque coming with John and I have the Guitar so we might have sing along with Ken and a barbie on Saturday night .

We have one electric Pitch between us and I will bring a 300w floodlight , toaster and an electric kettle

Regards emma

sandman
07-15-2014, 01:41 PM
Ditto Dan,
The new marathon plus tires arrived yesterday for the front of Tuula,s Streetfox but one was the old style and the other was the electric ready version with a different tread pattern, in order to have a matched pair in time I have had to order a third tire then return whichever is the odd one later !!!!!
I have a spare airbed you can use if you wish and will be bringing two cookers and BBQ.
You will have to look at my trike transporter and see if we cant make one fit your tank :jester:.
I imagine friday will be putting trikes together and probably a takeaway and the odd bottle or 3 of some type of falling down fluid :surprised:
Emma and I have a ride planned which is all level ground along the coast on saturday passing through the town of geriatica , an easy ride for an old fart like me HAHA stopping for lunch somewhere, the rest we will play by ear,
I am hoping to get some video footage of the weekend to maybe inspire others to organise a meet, even in the land of Kier Hardy,s cap (oblique reference to the comedy " Brass")
regards
John
PS the Ducks are coming too

Twinkle
07-15-2014, 02:01 PM
Ditto Dan,
The new marathon plus tires arrived yesterday for the front of Tuula,s Streetfox but one was the old style and the other was the electric ready version with a different tread pattern, in order to have a matched pair in time I have had to order a third tire then return whichever is the odd one later !!!!!
I have a spare airbed you can use if you wish and will be bringing two cookers and BBQ.
You will have to look at my trike transporter and see if we cant make one fit your tank :jester:.
I imagine friday will be putting trikes together and probably a takeaway and the odd bottle or 3 of some type of falling down fluid :surprised:
Emma and I have a ride planned which is all level ground along the coast on saturday passing through the town of geriatica , an easy ride for an old fart like me HAHA stopping for lunch somewhere, the rest we will play by ear,
I am hoping to get some video footage of the weekend to maybe inspire others to organise a meet, even in the land of Kier Hardy,s cap (oblique reference to the comedy " Brass")
regards
John
PS the Ducks are coming too

Barbequed Duck for Saturday evening on the menu John. ? ...:jester:

I know Geriatica well , I worked there for a couple of years , its been spoilt now as they charge for on street parking :taz:

regards emma

DannyC
07-15-2014, 02:07 PM
Hi Emma,

Great news about the electrification of the pitch.
It is only the tie that fixes the chain-tube to the swinging-arm that has snapped so it is readily fixed with replacement tie(s) (I think), I will stick a couple in my bag.
I am trusting to luck that no major disasters will occur and I am not intending to have any "spare" inner-tubes on board...just a puncture-repair kit.
None of my wheels are "slimed" as I have no experience of its effectiveness, and I have been fortunate in not having had a quality Schwalbe tyre fail (so far).
The big-apples are puncture resistance level 5 up front and the rear is level 3, so it should be OK (we shall see).
I am really looking forward to our get-together and I shall rehearse my party-piece with which I hope to entertain you all.

sandman
07-15-2014, 02:11 PM
YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS :taz:
Mind you I understand guitars burn well :jester:

sandman
07-15-2014, 02:15 PM
no probs Dan,
I carry 20 and 26 toobs on the trike
I wonder wha tyour party piece is ?

DannyC
07-15-2014, 03:31 PM
no probs Dan,
I carry 20 and 26 toobs on the trike
I wonder wha tyour party piece is ?

Hi John,

All will be revealed on the first occasion I have a little too-much to drink I am sure. ;-)

To set anyone's mind at rest, it is not illegal, does not frighten women, children or animals and is educational.

go1000go
07-17-2014, 02:00 AM
Fetch your factor 50 sunblock
http://s28.postimg.org/usp6q8pm5/image.jpg






And your tarp and earthing cables
http://s3.postimg.org/etwr0qwn7/image.jpg


Hope you manage to escape the worst of it all


PS sorry postimage still only allows these sideway images

FrankCrank
07-17-2014, 02:07 AM
....read on the BBC news this morning about the impending 'heat wave', government recommends you to stay indoors and drink lots of water - do hope you heed this well intentioned advice :evilgrin: ........

Twinkle
07-17-2014, 02:38 AM
.... government recommends you to stay drink - do hope you heed this well intentioned advice :evilgrin: ........


Yes Frank we will drink a lot.............:jester:...............:rolleyes4: ..:rolleyes4:.........:sleep1:

thanks for passing on the advice

regards emma

Tradetek
07-17-2014, 04:00 AM
You guys are being sarcastic right?

Seriously, I know you guys don't see the sun very often, but 27c is a heat wave?

Bill

FrankCrank
07-17-2014, 04:13 AM
......heh heh, you got it Bill, predicted heat wave, so nanny state kicks in automatic. Come autumn, train delays - wrong type of leaves on the track...........come winter - jeez, what's all that white fluffy stuff falling from the skies.........................etc........

Emma, good to hear you won't be dehydrated during the drought, and remember the hosepipe ban - no washing the the grime off your trike :) ........

Twinkle
07-17-2014, 04:14 AM
You guys are being sarcastic right?

Seriously, I know you guys don't see the sun very often, but 27c is a heat wave?

Bill

yeap a heatwave is here !!!!!!!!! Thunderstorms predicted as well

regards

Emma

Tradetek
07-17-2014, 04:18 AM
Phew, cause it sounds like perfect weather for a ride. Hope you guys all enjoy the trip.

Bill

DannyC
07-17-2014, 04:39 AM
I might (for once) heed the Sun Block advice (a glimpse of the Sun is so rare in the UK).
I just wonder whether to pack the Sou-Wester too to be on the safe side?

darnthedog
07-17-2014, 07:08 AM
Well I guess my night time temps are a heat wave to you guys. Although we are have a rather mild summer this year with highs of 41 C. Normally we see 46 and above this time of year. But the 39% humidity is rather daunting. Normally we are only 5% but what we call monsoon season (Rains daily towards evening) started early this year.

Have fun on your weekend trip.

DannyC
07-17-2014, 07:52 AM
It's not the heat but the humidity that gets us here in the UK (an Island)

http://s5.postimg.org/i5xk4qxcz/Friday_Sat.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/i5xk4qxcz/)

Looks a bit "muggy" for Friday night and therefore we have the storm warnings.
Saturday isn't looking too clever weather-wise. :-(

Twinkle
07-17-2014, 08:01 AM
O yea of little faith

lt will be OK ..... I hope

regards Emma

bambuko
07-17-2014, 08:13 AM
It is looking like it will be getting wee bit tropical for few days...
be careful and enjoy yourself :)

HHJJ
07-17-2014, 09:57 AM
Well I guess my night time temps are a heat wave to you guys. Although we are have a rather mild summer this year with highs of 41 C. Normally we see 46 and above this time of year. But the 39% humidity is rather daunting. Normally we are only 5% but what we call monsoon season (Rains daily towards evening) started early this year.

Have fun on your weekend trip.

??? 5% humidity. What is that?, today it is hot (23 quite hot enough for me) and sunny here in the North West and it says 51% humidity at the mo.......80% tomoz as rain is forecast.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2655237?day=1
It's too hot for me to sit out in, but I have been for a 30 miler on the DF.

I went to Spain year before last and it was 14 here when I set off and 41 at the other end and up to 45.....I did find it a bit warm.

88% Saturday Brighton and Hove with the rain.
Looks better for Sunday. Hopefully sheltering in the pub Saturday won't render you all unable to cycle on Sunday.

Tradetek
07-17-2014, 02:14 PM
Okay, 90+ % humidity pretty much stinks at any temperature when doing physical activity.

Bill

Twinkle
07-17-2014, 02:32 PM
Okay, 90+ % humidity pretty much stinks at any temperature when doing physical activity.

Bill

60 - 70 % humidity is about normal over here with 20 - 25 deg C daytime temps in summer and a real hot ( and humid day ) is about 28 degrees

but during the winter coldest nights -5 C is about the coldest it gets and If it stays under 0 deg C for a week we get extra fuel allowance for us OAP's

regards emma

HHJJ
07-17-2014, 02:49 PM
Okay, 90+ % humidity pretty much stinks at any temperature when doing physical activity.

Bill
Well, hopefully I will be down the cellar cutting grinding and welding Saturday AM (followed by afternoon nap) when it reckons to be 90+ humidity.
It is cool down there if damp.
(Got waylaid with progress again the last couple of weeks as the old duffers hot water tank leaked an brought down their bedroom ceiling, so a rainy Saturday gets me to stay indoors and get on with it.)

sandman
07-17-2014, 02:55 PM
....read on the BBC news this morning about the impending 'heat wave', government recommends you to stay indoors and drink lots of water - do hope you heed this well intentioned advice :evilgrin: ........
Water is an excellent medium to be taken in the right spirit, thankfully no one has invented a spirit that is improved by adding water:jester:.
I rather imagine this weekend will see major pollution of the sea with rivers of lard dripping off the people roasting under the sun on the beach, I shall of course be suitably attired in my pith helmet(a la the Flanders and Swan song)
No prize but who is the first person to name that song ?
And Bill, if you see a Brit with a tan, its not sun its surface rust:surprised:
regards
John

DannyC
07-17-2014, 03:00 PM
I haven't a clue, but would guess at "The English are best".

Tradetek
07-17-2014, 05:04 PM
And Bill, if you see a Brit with a tan, its not sun its surface rust:surprised:

LOL


60 - 70 % humidity is about normal over here with 20 - 25 deg C daytime temps in summer and a real hot ( and humid day ) is about 28 degrees


I'm in the "Mid-West" in Indiana and here during the summer we typically see 50-95% humidity and temps vary wildly from around 22 - 35 degrees. With the humidity increasing in line with the temp. It's not uncommon for me to work in the garage in the middle of the night. I have an insulated garage door so it keeps the sound in well.



during the winter coldest nights -5 C is about the coldest it gets and If it stays under 0 deg C

We again vary wildly from around 10 down to around -23 with windchills sometimes taking all the way down to -40 (which interesting is the same in Fahrenheit, go figure) If we go outside every bit of skin has to be covered and you don't want to be outside for more than 5-10 minutes.



for a week we get extra fuel allowance for us OAP's

??? You guys have fuel rationing? I'm assuming that this is home heating fuel.

Boy this whole off-topic discussion is making me really envious of the ride you guys are planning because it sounds like it will be beautiful, even if it does get a bit wet. The fact that a lot of you can meet up and do events together is great.

Bill

DannyC
07-17-2014, 05:21 PM
Hi Bill,

We are all looking forwards to the weekend ride.
"Fuel Rationing" Noooooo.... but pensioners (>65) get a winter fuel "allowance" increase to their pension payments if there is a really hard winter.

This is basically because many pensioners face a stark choice between "Heating" or "Eating" in the colder winters as our state pensions are so rubbish (considering the amount the government takes from the working man and woman is >40%).
So, they try to bribe retired people not to lynch politicians, bankers and the like with a small uplift to their meagre incomes.

Other than that the UK is a lovely place to be with the best Social Medical Care system in the world. Ask all our "Health Tourists" who come here in their thousands from other countries for "free treatment" at the British taxpayers expense. :-)

HHJJ
07-17-2014, 05:26 PM
LOL

??? You guys have fuel rationing? I'm assuming that this is home heating fuel.

Boy this whole off-topic discussion is making me really envious of the ride you guys are planning because it sounds like it will be beautiful, even if it does get a bit wet. The fact that a lot of you can meet up and do events together is great.

Bill

Not fuel rationing. It's just an extra money benefit pensioners get so as they can pay their fuel bills when it gets extra cold.

Mmmm, it does sound like fun.

Twinkle
07-17-2014, 06:55 PM
Hi Bill,

We are all looking forwards to the weekend ride.
"Fuel Rationing" Noooooo.... but pensioners (>65) get a winter fuel "allowance" increase to their pension payments if there is a really hard winter.
-)

I got my fuel allowance when I was 61 ho ho

I have a wood burning stove and last year with burning pallets and scrap wood and paper bricks ( compressed paper mache) I actually kept under the fuel allowance .

I have also designed and built my own off grid solar system and My lighting and TV uses free electricity all year round.
(140 watts solar panel feeding 160ah of batteries ( 4x 40ah ) running 2 off 300 watt inverters ) and this is the 3rd year of operation
and with the savings I have made it should have paid for itself before the end of the year .. Even in winter The system does not run out of battery .

regards emma

Tradetek
07-17-2014, 07:34 PM
Interesting Info. Maybe we'll have to start an thread about living off-grid when you guys get back.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

Bill

Twinkle
07-18-2014, 03:12 AM
Interesting Info. Maybe we'll have to start an thread about living off-grid when you guys get back.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

Bill

:sleep1:Woken up by a dry Storm about 01-30 am ( 8 am here now ) brilliant flashes of Fork and Sheet lighting withot a break in the lightning for 4 hours with a constant low rumble of thunder ..
In a way it was a beautiful display of light but of course the destructive force of nature should it strike causes untold damage .

We were hit here 3 years ago and it took out the wiring as well as a large hole in the roof .

lets hope we have had our storm :surprised::rolleyes4:

going green :- my little solar panel system and other little cost cutting aids http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1702506

Now I must pack


regards emma

HHJJ
07-18-2014, 04:08 AM
Todays the day the teddy bears have their picnic....

have a great time guys.
Fingers crossed for the weather.

DannyC
07-18-2014, 04:14 AM
Morning Emma & all,

We had a similar Electric storm early this morning but ours was the "wet" kind with plenty of rain.
It all seems to have got ahead of itself because the weather forecast for the weekend has changed and is much improved. :)

http://s5.postimg.org/swps460df/new_weather.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/swps460df/)

HHJJ
07-18-2014, 07:58 AM
I shall of course be suitably attired in my pith helmet(a la the Flanders and Swan song)
No prize but who is the first person to name that song ?


Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
(Although I though that was a Noel Coward song, anyway that's all I can think of)

HHJJ
07-19-2014, 03:00 AM
oops!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28366535

Tradetek
07-19-2014, 12:47 PM
Spectacular photos. I really love to watch active lightning storms. Once spent a week in Mexico kicking back on the beach watching them out over the Gulf of Mexico with a party on the beach every night.

Hope they stay aware from the group though!

Bill

Twinkle
07-19-2014, 02:32 PM
Hi Guys

lnteresting storm last night we were all ok .
We have been out today for our ride and have settled down to our barbeque
Photos etc will follow
regards
from all of us

Emma

HHJJ
07-20-2014, 09:14 AM
Sounds good.
Weather up here has stayed ok for the UK Iron Man Triathlon.
They were cycling past my house when I got up this morning.

Hope the weather has been good down there for you too.
It did rain quite a lot in the night though. I didn't hear any thunder.

sandman
07-20-2014, 12:54 PM
http://s20.postimg.org/4ip1rpzj1/The_Riders.jpg

From left to right,
Ken, Barbie( oops) Emma,Me, Tuula , Lottie and Dan posing for the group pic before setting out on our ride to Ferring for lunch.
Friday evening the weather was kind enough to let us set up the tents in the dry but by supper time the rain arrived along with thunder and lightning shortly after, Saturday morning fist thing and still raining but cleared up in time for us to keep to the plan.
just a quick note to say it went well, will write more when I have the videos sorted.
regards
John

DannyC
07-20-2014, 12:59 PM
Well, the Southern Area Meet is over and I am back home.

We had some rainy weather, some overcast weather and a lot of blisteringly hot weather too, so it made it a really good weekend.

I have absolutely no complaints, it was a fabulous experience with really wonderful people.

Here is a picture of the bikes all lined up and ready to go out on our first ride on Saturday.

Sandman (John) has a picture with us all seated on our trike's that he will be posting later (allegedly along with video footage of our big ride out on Saturday).

Left to right the bikes are as follows.....

Emma's E-Trike, Ken's (Emma's other half) E-Trike, John's much-travelled "Marengo" mount, My StreetFox, Tulaa's [spelling???] (John's partner) Street Fox.

http://s5.postimg.org/5b3cn7m8z/P1030200.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/5b3cn7m8z/) http://s5.postimg.org/8xicrc7dv/P1030212.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/8xicrc7dv/)

There was also entertainment and catering fun and mother nature gave us a light show to remember and proved to me that if rain falls hard enough it can penetrate a single-skin tent as an atomised-mist.

I also discovered (on Saturday) that hangovers and triking in brilliant sunshine in hot & humid weather are not an ideal combination.

But, would I do it all again? YOU BET I WOULD!!

And there's more.......

To make my weekend absolutely complete John (Sandman) kindly took me to his place of work and gave me some "hands-on" help with my welding education and we think that we have isolated my problem area - Thanks again John!!

Tradetek
07-20-2014, 03:06 PM
I also discovered (on Saturday) that hangovers and triking in brilliant sunshine in hot & humid weather are not an ideal combination.

Ah... the classic signs of a successful trip ;)



To make my weekend absolutely complete John (Sandman) kindly took me to his place of work and gave me some "hands-on" help with my welding education and we think that we have isolated my problem area - Thanks again John!!
Oooh! Another guessing game!
Looks like I get the first one... I'm going for ground connection.

Also, after seeing a couple of pics of you now, and looking at your avatar... I have to ask... do you like bananas?

Bill

Twinkle
07-20-2014, 03:17 PM
Hi Folks


All in all the weekend was a success it started for me Friday Morning with Ken at work and me trying to load 2 trikes and the camping gear in the estate
After Lunch I set off and arrived first followed by Danny and John - I collected Ken about 6-30 with Tuula arriving later ,
The Trikes ( when you get 5 together ) attracted a lot of attention on the campsite and on the rides .
Friday evening we had a spectacular electric storm about 01:30 with a constant rumble of thunder and lightning for an hour .

Ovwr thw Weekend several campers came over to show an interest along with a lot of people on-route

Here are a few more photos while we wait for John to sort out the videos ,

The evenings were great with Ken providing the background music on an acoustic guitar, even the ducks flew in and brought a friend , John wouldn't let me mention Peking duck in front off the ducks in case they took offence.

regards emma

http://s28.postimg.org/4dtc2xzv1/attract.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/huqalta6h/full/)

http://s28.postimg.org/pd4ugpc5p/danandjohn.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/vqtxjyh1l/full/)

http://s28.postimg.org/84tpxryrx/ducks_came.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/rzfrjwdzd/full/)

http://s28.postimg.org/6m7ika6z1/trikes.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/5woq7x6fd/full/)


screenshot software (http://postimage.org/app.php)

HHJJ
07-20-2014, 03:26 PM
A good time was had by all!
I look forward to attending a Zombie event some time.
I bet it was fun.
Not sure I could keep pace with you guys these days though,,,,(I'm talking about the drinking here!)
I expect you did attract some attention with that pack of StreetFoxes roaming the neighbourhood.
Glad you didn't get zapped by the lightening.

Look forward to the vids.

Cheers
H

DannyC
07-20-2014, 03:34 PM
Hi bill,

I blame John for the hangover.....he plied me with Salmiaki.

The problem I have been having with my welding appears to be mostly to do with vision & visibility.
So, today we dropped the helmet shade level down as low as mine will go, and also John showed me the use of a chalk-line to follow with your weld-pool.

http://s5.postimg.org/bnrooj42r/P1030215.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/bnrooj42r/)
He also took me through "stitch-welding".

The following pics are where I followed Jon's direction and welded a test piece where 2 pipes intersect @ 90-Degrees.


http://s5.postimg.org/492cw5i77/P1030216.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/492cw5i77/)


http://s5.postimg.org/lfyy7x4df/P1030217.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/lfyy7x4df/)


http://s5.postimg.org/to0vsww9v/P1030218.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/to0vsww9v/)


http://s5.postimg.org/568s50tpf/P1030219.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/568s50tpf/)


http://s5.postimg.org/vtv6nezqb/P1030220.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/vtv6nezqb/)

So, I successfully welded "ROUND TUBES" with both normal & stitch welding.

John then went on to clean up my poor looking welds on my cross-boom with a TIG torch (and filler where required). :-)

Very pleased for the help and hands-on guidance.

HHJJ
07-20-2014, 03:39 PM
Luxury! Dan.
They're looking good.

stormbird
07-20-2014, 04:53 PM
Hi all

Glad you all had a great time , just sad I could not make it.

Emma

Sorry to see where you live is over run by large animals ?

http://s20.postimg.org/n5ombgatp/trikes_1a.jpg

I hope they can catch them all and it is safe to go outside again........

FrankCrank
07-20-2014, 09:39 PM
....heh heh, bet it caused quite a stir when you lot rolled up at that campsite! Must have thought a bunch of 'eco hell's angels' were in town, and how many more are gonna turn up? :surprised:

Always an element of risk with camping in UK regards the weather. Way back in the early eighties, had just got a new tent and decided to give it a test at Easter weekend in the New Forrest area. Three nights camping, and we had huge gales first night, then torrential downpours, and on the last night sleet/snow. Tent withstood it all, but only just - was glad to get back home.

Anyhow, you guys look like you sure had a blast, and the southern UK chapter of AZ is well & truly established........

sandman
07-21-2014, 01:41 PM
....heh heh, bet it caused quite a stir when you lot rolled up at that campsite! Must have thought a bunch of 'eco hell's angels' were in town, and how many more are gonna turn up? :surprised:

Always an element of risk with camping in UK regards the weather. Way back in the early eighties, had just got a new tent and decided to give it a test at Easter weekend in the New Forrest area. Three nights camping, and we had huge gales first night, then torrential downpours, and on the last night sleet/snow. Tent withstood it all, but only just - was glad to get back home.

Anyhow, you guys look like you sure had a blast, and the southern UK chapter of AZ is well & truly established........

We really did have a FANTASTIC time but it was interesting to see a beach patrol guard on short bit of "no cycing path" stationed just by a turnoff to a road, being me ,I cant help feel he was
forwarned of a group of non conformist mature threats to the delicate dispositions of the inhabitants of Geriatrica rather than patrolling the shore looking for swimmers in danger.
We are going to arrange another meet soon it was that good
regards
John

DannyC
07-21-2014, 03:18 PM
The signs said "NO CYCLING" and we were not cycling (as far as I know) because the definition of cycling is:
cycling
ˈsʌɪklɪŋ/
noun



the sport or activity of riding a bicycle. Cycle racing has three main forms: road racing (typically over long distances), pursuit (on an oval track), and cyclo-cross (over rough, open country).


Now, a bicycle has 2 wheels (hence the "bi" part before the "cycle" part), the sign did not say "No Triking" ;-)

HHJJ
07-21-2014, 04:03 PM
tri-cycle

So you were terrorising the South Coast....hells trikers ;-)

Twinkle
07-29-2014, 05:00 PM
Hi Folks

John's having problems with his internet provider so he is quiet at the moment , ( and annoyed ) ..:taz:

He is trying to sift thought the video footage of the ride we had on the Saturday of the first zombie fest .

After the zombie fest ( how those two weeks have flown by ) we have been toying with the idea of another one in September ) second weekend looks promising at the moment . The venue is yet to be chosen but we were looking at Bunn leisure in Selsey as another choice , As well as a huge swimming pool , Sauna and steam room , there is a choice of evening entertainment and September its 3 nights for the price of 2 , this offer make the break good value for money...:) , again somewhere different to cycle and explore . There has been several good cabaret acts there including Billy Ocean , Vanity Fair , Baron knights and the Searcher to name a few .

Otherwise we might go back to the Barn again as the site despite the lack of amenities on site has a good cycle network along the south coast .

If anyone is interested then either leave a post or PM me

regards

Twinkle
07-29-2014, 05:59 PM
P 13

http://booking.bunn-leisure.co.uk/images/entertainment/Meet-The-Flanagans.jpgJust checked the whats on and both weekends 13 th and 20 th have some interesting line ups

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Viking


Embassy



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