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Winter Riding

Been a bit slack with the updates on the blog to be fair. Apologies. It’s been tough to fit in blog updates around work, family, the festive chaos and riding like a BOSS around the New Forest’s lanes. I’m currently at a bit of an impasse due to a football injury – it seems, now at 31, I can’t play more than a couple of games without picking up some sort of body complaint!

Good news is the SKS Raceblade Longs I fitted in the autumn have been working a treat. Staying on solidly and not producing too much in the way of annoying rattley noises. One thing you do have to watch out for is gunk getting caught in and around the clips near the brake calipers- as the clearance is so tight in this area any build up just ends up scrubbing your tyre and my rear has been squared off slightly. I guess I need to just clean the thing regularly! I’m slack with that as well.

While I have been out riding I’ve managed to take some snaps here and there so I thought I’d share these to give the blog a bit of colour on this dreary January day.

Nice little spot overlooking the Solent Estuary, near Lepe.
A little trip past Saints training ground.
A trip out on the nobbly tyres! Fawley inclosure.
A moody winter sunset out on the forest.
Autumnal scenes in Beaulieu
A mild winter’s day at Eling Harbour.
Tides out. Another shot of the Solent Estuary.
Beaulieu. Before the winter started to take hold.
There are some hills in the forest you know!
A cold and icey but fast bend near Brock.

 

Premium Cheddar

I visited Cheddar Gorge earlier in the year on a moody late spring day and I’ve only just got round to posting up the photos. I didn’t realise that the South had scenery as dramatic as this. Makes you feel small looking up at the rock faces from the bottom of the gorge. There’s a great looking climb on the road that snakes through as well so I’ll have to go back with the bike next time!

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Ornamental Drive

Ornamental Drive, New Forest
Sequoias at Ornamental Drive. See, there are trees in the New Forest!

I’ve met a few visitors to this area that have said they find the fact it’s called ‘The New Forest‘ funny considering there’s not many trees. One fella even claimed there were no trees. He’d had a few of Ringwood’s finest though, so his claims had to be taken with a pinch of salt. I think  on the whole tourists don’t expect to see so much heath land – there is a fair bit of that throughout the forest, however there are tonnes of trees too. Generally if people haven’t found many trees then, they haven’t been looking too hard. Ornamental Drive is one of the prettiest of the wooded areas in the forest, and it has trees, tall ones. Big sequoias and redwoods can be found here as well as some great cycling routes – on and off road. If you’re visiting the forest it’s a definite spot for the checklist.

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