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16 September 2016
On the Thankful Villages Run in 2013 it piddled with rain all day, all the way from Kent to London's Whitehall and the FT Aqua kept me dry. In fact, only my gloves got wet, sodden in fact. A guy from Triumph in one of their Explorer suits was soaked to the skin.
11 September 2016
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31 August 2016
30 August 2016
14 August 2016
To say I am a little nervous about having a hearing aid is putting it mildly.
When I ride the bike I wear ear plugs to cut down the noise around the helmet. Doubly annoying that after this precaution for many many years that I am 50% deaf in one ear.
I am hoping that the aid will be small enough not to impede my wearing a helmet and spectacle arms and that it can be turned off easily.
All this will be answered on Tuesday afternoon! I leave for my trip to Czech the morning after. Not much shakedown time.
I guess this is another trial and error system!!!
11 August 2016
6 August 2016
3 August 2016
2 August 2016
With Reggie's refusenik actions getting worse this week I have scrapped the extra night after the wedding and we will come home on Saturday rather than Sunday.
It saves quite a few pounds and will be less traumatic for him.
So we'll drive down on Thursday and check into the Ibis. We'll stop a few times along the way to let him have a walk and for comfort breaks
I searched for dog friendly pubs and found one in nearby Caerphilly where we can take him in the bar with us and where we can eat. There are a few in the area but this one, The Black Cock Inn, looks pretty good.
I've already had to invest in new trousers. The Farah not deemed good enough!!
Two days to go.
28 July 2016
27 July 2016
But before this happens we have to get over Neill's "Bank of Dad" for his daughter and naturally my niece's wedding at the beginning of August.
25 July 2016
Getting to see your Doctor is almost as difficult as getting to have tea with the Queen.
In the end I wrote a letter and posted it through the door. Monday that was.
That said, Tuesday, a phone call to the surgery, after 1030am, elicited a response that they hadn't heard from the hospitals about my echocardiogram nor about my hearing test and MRI. Nothing arrived here or the surgery.
As the latter was in May I was a bit pissed.
I called the hospital and eventually got though to audiology. They were closed all day but call back between 10 and 12 or 14 and 16 hours.
I did. Wednesday. The lady said that they had written to the surgery, cc me, on 17th May. Before the MRI.
I said I was still deaf in that ear and needed the device fitted.
Now booked in on August 16th. She'll write to me. Don't know if that will ever arrive but have it in my Google calendar.
As for MRI? Who knows. They didn't have the result two months after it was done.
12 July 2016
Rewind over three weeks.... (sound effect of tape rewinding)
The wound in my foot seemed to be getting worse. So tonight after work I headed back to Folkestone and the Royal Victoria minor injuries clinic.
A short wait and I was in. The nurse checked the x-ray and there was another piece in there.
Fifteen minutes later and a bit of scalpel to enlarge the hole and it's out.
The piece is actually bigger than the bit I pulled out. Hopefully now it will heal.
10 July 2016
The day to ride home. Once again it was Shuttle-One returning together.
The rest of the Meldrews were going to scatter. One group going to Oradour sur Glane (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane_massacre) and the U-boat pens at Lorient. Another going solo to Normandy and others to the east.
We had a leisurely breakfast and then said our goodbyes and set off. Firstly for petrol as we all needed some and then to Corbie.
There we had a quick stop to place a Somme 100 poppy cross on the grave of William Devall who was killed on July 16th a hundred years ago.
From there we had a cross country journey towards Arras. The rain came and we had to stop so I could get my waterproofs on and effectively they never came off until I was on the Shuttle.
We were in need of a break and it may not have been my greatest decision to take us into Arras on a Saturday afternoon.
We had enough time for a coffee and then away again as time seemed to disappear.
We headed for the A26 and headed north. Always chasing the clock and it seemed even with a petrol stop in Calais for David and Ken that we were in good time.... until we saw the queues at the check-in and beyond at the border controls.
In the end it was every man for himself. Once checked in we headed towards the front of the first queue to join some other bikes. Through French passport and then UK Border Agency.
In the end the train we caught with a group from the Goldwing club was about 30 minutes after scheduled. Ken was about half an hour later and similarly David.
Why? Who knows?
The trip was over when we quickly changed and Pepe went into the garage and we went to pick Reggie up from the kennel.
4 July 2016
|The Ulster Tower in sun|
|Pano of the battlefield between Thiepval Hill and the Schwaben Redoubt.|
29 June 2016
Two days to go until we start the commemorations for the Battle of the Somme.
The 1st July is in the history books as the worst day's casualties for the British Army.
We are lucky to have tickets to attend the commemoration at the Ulster Tower. Even luckier that there is a train to the Shuttle buses from Amiens where we stay in the same hotel each year.
This year Claire is coming. I write this as I head home after work. So far I have fitted the luggage on the bike, but it is all empty.
Packing. We have to be smartly dressed and so jeans and bike gear won't do. So we have to pack stuff that means we won't stand out too much from the crowd. Bikes are generally not good for this!
So let's see how it goes?
26 June 2016
Yesterday we made a picnic and packed the car and the three of us headed off for Sissinghurst. We got about half way and the heavens opened. Torrential rain where the wipers could hardly cope.
Once we turned around it started to hail. June and we have a hailstorm.
So today we got ready, another picnic and off we went.
Today the weather was much better. Mostly sunny but a few ominous looking clouds passed by.
The car parks were pretty full and whilst Claire went into the gardens Reggie and I went around the periphery
24 June 2016
I started this post on the train home on June 23rd but sadly didn't get to post it as the signal was lost.
So here is the original.
I am rushing home as today is probably the biggest day in modern political history. Certainly in my lifetime.
I'm not doing a disservice to all the elections I have voted in since I turned 18, but this is a one-off.
We vote to stay in the European Union or Leave.
Whatever the democratic decision is, tee's no second chance. In or Out.
I also have to walk the dog, go to fat club and go to a classic bike evening.
Guess which one will get dropped?
The bad weather has affected the trains and I am already nearly 45 minutes late. It's raining and thunder is forecast.
We'll that was last night. Tonight.
The vote was a narrow 52 to 48 victory for the Leave campaign. Shock waves through the country and Europe. Loads of vitriol from the losing side and threats of legal challenges.
What did lose? Of course I never got to the bike meet again! !
23 June 2016
So I leave work a little early so that the usual Thursday things are out of the way; fat club and walking the dog, plus one extraordinary thing, the EU Referendum voting, so that I can get Pepe out and ride to this annual event.
So yesterday, we had thunderstorms into the night. Flooding etc.
Today slightly better but unless there's a vast improvement it's another missed event.
20 June 2016
But I wanted something understated and then I saw a guy at the Dover show that had a Kevlar hoodie that he wore instead of a jacket on warm days.
I had a look and found Australian Bikers selling then at about half price. I bought one.
It should arrive in a few days and I can see about wearing it on my next couple of trips with a waterproof jacket to go over the top in case it rains!
19 June 2016
12 June 2016
With the aid of an OTG cable previously bought to use with the Hudl a few years back it is easy to display pictures from the camera or the SD card from the camera on the 7.
A far easier solution was to buy a Samsung camera with its own wifi connection. There is an app that will work on iOS and Android and uses a local wifi link to transfer photos.
12 May 2016
After all the build up. Next week. Booked tickets for Friday 22nd.