Monthly Archives: March 2012

A dire warning and a small diversion

“Some serious advice. Stop. Get a bike with some decent gears. It’s a BAD idea!!” A few encouraging words from ‘Gearoldmuar’, November 17th 2011 on the Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) discussion board, in response to reading about my plans. When … Continue reading

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On our way

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux. I started writing this from the little Internet cubicle of the Ibis Hotel in Chateauroux, a small town between Orleans and Limoges. I was typing very … Continue reading

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The plan

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” John Steinbeck. As I mentioned in my first post, my goal is that my 60 year-old legs propel my 61 year-old Thanet Silverlight … Continue reading

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One more day to get ready

“As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes and I can’t remember the other two…” Norman Wisdom I’ve only one more full day to prepare before traveling to Spain. That’s because I’m going over to … Continue reading

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Preparing the bike

“Old age is always 15 years older than I am.” Bernard M. Baruch Six days to go. My excitement is only matched by the feeling of being unprepared, despite nearly a year of preparation. There have been a few minor … Continue reading

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The challenge

 “Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened.” Cora Harvey Armstrong Seven days from now, at 7:30am on April 1st, 2012, I’ll set out from the centre of Barcelona, Spain. I’ll start my journey … Continue reading

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About the bicycle

 “It’s sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.” Brigitte Bardot For most of what I know about Thanet bicycles, I have to thank Hilary Stone. Hilary, who lives in Bristol, and was a cycling journalist. I don’t know if … Continue reading

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