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  1. The sun was shining and the cold wind from the last few days had gone, so I decided that a little bimble was in order. I topped the tank at our local supermarket and headed up to Coursan. Then across to the Narbonne northern bypass and peeled off north towards Ginestas. The traffic was pretty light, so it was easy going. A guy on a T100 Bonneville caught up with me just before Saint- Marcel - sur- Aude. We tried having a conversation at a set of lights, but engine noise and language barrier put paid to that! He turned off shortly after anyway. I carried on North and eventually crossed the Argeliers - Trebes road. This is where the ride starts getting a bit more interesting, as the road was then heading into the Corbieres hills. After a bit, I turned off this road to head towards the medieval town of Minerve. This road follows the hillside on one side of the valley of the river Cesse, so it twists and turns around rocky outcrops. French drivers have the mindset that nothing should be coming the other way on blind bends, so extra care is needed to not meet one of them on your side of the road when coming around these bends. I stopped just before the town to get some photos. The town is perched on a rocky point where two rivers meet and have carved two valleys/canyons through the rocky landscape. I rode through the town and headed up to the carpark that overlooks it. There's not much of a view of the town from there, so I decided to carry on up the single track road into the hills for a bit. There didn't seem to be too much more up in that direction, but there were some nice views towards the Pyrénées. It was a bit hazy, so the snow on the peaks was barely visible. I headed back down to the town and set sail for home. I stopped once more to take some pictures of a village, sitting between a low cliff and the river, which has no water in it at the moment. I took a slightly different route back. Going through Argeliers and Capestang, before peeling off towards the south again, through Montels and Nissan- les-Enserune and back to home. Not a huge ride, probably around 100-110km, but nice to get out on the bike for a while.
    12 points
  2. You’ve got no idea @Marcel, it’s insane! They also wait and everyone gives people space and right of way while people patiently drive about. Makes no sense!
    10 points
  3. Stopped at the garage first thing this morning to grab a baguette to have for breakfast. Stood behind some young woman who had picked up a couple of croissants and wanted to pay for them using her smartphone. Despite repeated attempts to pay resulting in more aggressive tapping of the phone on the machine it didn’t work. I’m hungry and wishing she’d just fuck off but no, now she decides to try every fucking bank card in her purse. None of them worked and I’m proper grumpy now but still managing to resist the temptation to grab her croissants and eat them in front of her. Only when there was no other option she gets some REAL FUCKING MONEY OUT OF HER PURSE TO PAY.….. Still resisting the urge to assault her for her two croissants I had to laugh when the bloke behind me pointed out that my baguette was probably stale by now.
    10 points
  4. Went to Saundersfoot for a dump today. Was thinking of curling one out over the harbour wall and cut out the middleman LOL. Then i headed home to the dentist for a filling my mouth is just starting to feel normal again
    9 points
  5. It was quite a pleasant morning, if a bit windy, so it seemed a shame not to get out on the bike. I packed a sandwich and a flask of coffee and decided to head for Pic de Nore, in the Black Mountains. Looking across at them there was a bit of cloud hovering over them, but it didn't look like it would be a problem. I stuck my winter jacket and gloves on.....just in case! Manoeuvring my bike out of the garage I managed to drop it against Mandy's bike! Fortunately there was no damage to either of them, but I was a bit annoyed, which isn't normally a good mindset to get into before going out on the bike! Anyway, I set off and stopped at our local supermarket to top up the tank. I went around the Narbonne northern ring road and came off it at the Carcassonne road. Traffic was fairly light, so it wasn't too bad. I carried on that road until La Redourte and turned northbound through the town and up towards Villeneuve Minervois. From there I headed up through Cabrespine, climbing into the mountains. There was a lot of low cloud covering the top of some of the peaks there, but I pressed on in the hopes that the wind would break up the cloud cover. It was a vain hope, as I started running into banks of mist. The road was getting pretty wet and the temperature was really starting to drop. I stopped for a minute, considering whether it was worth pressing on, but I was only 8km from the peak, so I decided to keep going. It was getting pretty foggy and wet, with a hint that some of the wet was slightly more solid than I would have liked. Regular signposts warning of road ice didn't help my confidence! Bear in mind that the road was climbing into the mountains, so it was pretty twisty with regular hairpin bends (switchbacks) and some pretty impressive drops from the unguarded roadside. I was now riding with my visor up, because I couldn't see a thing through it, not that I could see much even so. Eventually I reached the summit and the radio communication station, not that I could see much of it! I'm sure that the views from up there are great, but today it was difficult to see my hand in front of my face! It was blowing a hoolie up there too! Thoughts of having a coffee from my flask soon evaporated when I took my gloves off and my hands nearly froze! If certainly felt like it was around freezing, which, at 1200m, is probably not surprising. Time to find my way back down! I found a sheltered picnic spot just above Cabrespine and stopped for a coffee and my sandwich. It still wasn't fantastically warm there, but it was a damned sight warmer and drier than at the peak! Dropping down the mountain the temperature was rising nicely and, without the cloud cover at the lower altitude, the sun was drying my jeans and gloves quite nicely. I followed the same route back, but then carried on through Argeliers and to Capestang, where I then headed back down through the lanes to Coursan and back home. 190km in about 3.5hrs. And I've nearly thawed out again now!
    9 points
  6. @XTreme was taking photos of his groin @Buckster was delivering bibles to a Lesbian motobiker gang @busabeast was in a ditch @Sir Fallsalot was up to his neck in shit @Six30 was tucking up some old dear with a cut and shut Corsa @Marcel was burying himself in a snow drift @Pedro was cooking some road kill stew @Clive was fighting with the lesser know mould monster @Skippy was being arrested for punching his neighbour in the supermarket @zzzak was holding the annual Aussie convention for tin hat wearers @Saul was off on another 10 mile hike around the coast @MooN was trying to translate the words for 'shit Chinese metal' into English sorry if I've missed anyone out .
    9 points
  7. I searched for the thread where @XTremeasked what we’d be doing in 2024. Turns out I’ll be joining @Sofiaand our friend Barbara to a short trip to the North of Italy. They will be taking a ferry from Barcelona to Genoa and meeting me in Milan, while I’ll be riding from home through the south of France and over the Mediterranean Alps to Italy. I’m planning to take the short High Via del Sale road heading into Italy before heading to Milan, then a couple of nights there catching up with my friend Luca and showing the girls around, to then go to Moto Guzzi for a visit and over the “hills” to Lake Garda for a couple of days and another mountain pass when I get an afternoon by myself. Turning out to be an interesting trip on paper, if my business partners have the decency to keep to themselves in September. So this is the big trip in 2024, accompanying two women to Italy!
    9 points
  8. A couple of photos from a short trip today. North from Mazarron and across the Sierra Espuna towards Pliego and Mula. From there, east towards Archena and finally north along the Ricote Valley to Blanca. Fantastic scenery, great roads and no traffic. No dramas and home in time for tea and medals.
    9 points
  9. I really feel for all of you in England at the moment with al that cold wet freezing weather, here in Spain we have had some gorgeous weather lately I personally feel that temperatures in the low 20s are the perfect riding conditions LOL. So last Tuesday evening I got a message asking if I fancied a little ride the next day. I said yes of course. The following morning I set off for Castalla met up with a few friends and off we went around the mountains of Alicante and into the Valencia region. We stopped off for a coffee on the way and eventually we found ourselves not too far from where I live and we rode through the devastated landscape of what is left after the massive wild fire from last year. The fire that got so close to my village we were put on standby to evacuate the neighbouring village and already been emptied. I was amazed at how much land had gone up in flames we rode for miles and it was burnt trees all t he way. We eventually stopped for a lunch just outside Pego and headed for the coast and some sunny twisties.
    9 points
  10. You know you've got a weight problem when your feet stay dry in the rain & the back of your neck looks like a pack of hot dogs...
    9 points
  11. Thanks for all your good wishes Folks..Pat and i had 10 good years...we thought we were 18 again for a while....loads of holidays almost spent my fortune on them,,,good job i didn't, i now need every penny paying for care type help.. so if you lot have any dosh: spend it or when the time comes paying your taxes means sod all..they will take the lot. Who ever is in power.
    9 points
  12. So my day today consisted of go in to work pick up a trailer and go to Catterick army camp to pick up a mastiff. 30.8ton vehicle weight and wide so I had an escort.... oohh er Took it to Wetherby for a trailer swap with its southbound driver. overall train weight was just over 53t First foray in to stgo cat 2
    9 points
  13. After a couple of wet days the sun got his hat on today. It was still slightly fresh and a bit windy first thing, but I couldn't resist getting out on the bike. I put Villerouge Termenes into the sat-nav and headed in that direction. The route took me on Narbonne's northern bypass and I turned off and headed up and across, past the Abbaye Fontfroide and towards Tournissan. I turned off that road and headed towards Villerouge-Termenès, which is a nice twisty road in the Corbieres. I got to Villerouge and stopped for a minute, but I was enjoying the ride, so I switched off the Sat-nav and decided that I'd just see where I ended up. I was in a village called Laroq-de-Fa and saw a road sign for the Château Quéribus, so I swung off onto that road. It wound through the hills and into Massac, where I swung a tricky right turn towards Soulatgé. There I picked up the road along the valley, towards Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, which took me under the Château Peyrepertuse that sits on a rocky ridge. I passed through Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse and past the Château de Quéribus. I then went through Padern and along its gorge, towards Tuchan, where I got caught out by the lack of road signs, but eventually found the right road. This road took me past the Château d'Aguilar and towards Villeneuve-les-Corbières. From there I went through Durban-Corbières and turned left onto the road to Thézan-des-Corbières. There I got back onto the road past Abbaye Fontfroide and back to Narbonne and home. I've no idea how far this loop was, but I was out for about 4hrs, so I'm guessing at around 200kms or thereabouts. The roads were pretty twisty and narrow, so it wasn't a fast ride!
    8 points
  14. BACKGROUND OF THE MONTH... any more pics just post and leave the rest to me
    8 points
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  16. Well my Mrs was 60 today so I got her the same as I did 20 years ago. Then took her out for lunch, actually bought her a pasty and took her down Par Beach to eat it in the van, it’s what she wanted I offered her a party or proper meal out or even a few days away but she didn’t want any of it. She asked for a Chinese takeaway meal with the whole family. So that’s what she is getting. Oh and the Gecko’s here. We had to go to Redruth to get the only one available in the whole of Cornwall Bloody thing has cost me a fortune. Oh and he is in the black hide apparently. Bitey little fucker
    8 points
  17. Sorry, meant to reply earlier but been a busy day. Condensation can be a bitch to resolve, I look at umpteen places a month with issues like this. There are various things you can try or ask the housing association about trying. The amount of moisture that air can hold changes with temp, the colder it is the less it can hold (so the relative humidity goes up) to the point where if it gets cold enough and the RH gets to 100% then condensation will occur. Its a bit like sitting outside with a cold beer, the air in contact with the cold glass cools until condensation occurs. The aim is therefore to keep the internal surfaces warm enough or the humidity low enough so that the dew point is not reached and condensation doesn't occur. Keeping the heating on low all the time rather than a spike of heating twice a day is good advice but obviously it costs money. When you have a shower keep the door closed and open the window, use the biggest possible extract fan- have it on over run for 15 mins after the light is turned off. You can also get them with humidistats in so they come on when the humidity reaches a certain level. Make sure the kitchen extract actually vents to the exterior, some cooker hoods just run the air through a carbon filter to remove the smell and then recirculate it back into the room. Do your windows have trickle vents, if not they can sometimes be retrofitted. You can also get air bricks which can be fitted to help promote ventilation, they need to be sleeved across the cavity and good ones have baffles in to prevent drafts and external noise. Using a dehumidifier can help but it needs to be left running and the tank emptied so it doesn't cut out. Let the air circulate around the house rather than keeping doors closed. Don't dry clothes on radiators, ensure tumble dryers vent to the exterior (or are of the condensing type) Avoid having furniture close to external walls where the condensation occurs as it reduces air circulation. Increasing insulation where possible, assume this is something the HA will need to do. Try to avoid using any paint other than basic emulsion, possibly with a fungicide in it. Paints containing latex (vinyl silk etc) stop the walls from breathing but if its already been decorated its too late. Some people have good success with positive input ventilation, again its something the HA would need to fit but a bungalow is an ideal property to fit these to. There are several firms making these units such as - https://www.nuaire.co.uk/residential-ventilation-systems-nuaire/positive-input-ventilation-systems-piv-nuaire Try opening the windows on opposite sides of the house for a few mins every couple of hrs to change the air. The germans have a word for this - its something they habitually do. Sorry for war and peace but I hope some of it might help. Sorry if you already know all this, don't mean to teach my grandma to suck eggs. Let me know if I can provide any further info or help.
    8 points
  18. Went exploring in the old Mazarron mines today on the mountain bike. Not that far but about 60% of the 30klms was off road so plenty of effort needed. Loads of gravel. Legs felt a bit wobbly when I got home. All the buildings have fallen into disrepair but plenty to snoop around. Quite spooky really. I bet @XTreme will wank himself into a stupor when he sees the deprivation and total devastation.
    8 points
  19. Normandy 1944 and now.... like these old there and know war photos
    8 points
  20. Sorry all, i have been away again...no not inside. Pat my long time lover has MND and i have to look after her 24/7 these days so not a lot of time to myself. So i tend to pop in and read a bit. Glad you lot are all still with us. It's shit getting old. Still have a bike or three but not a lot of time to ride.. I will get out this year thou. Best wishes to all you twats as Pete would say::: Lyn. One of these days i may turn up on Petes door step again
    8 points
  21. On Saturday Paolo and I walked another section of the old Midland Railway line . lovely weather for February and we even stopped for a sausage bap and a coffee in the old Warmley station
    8 points
  22. Sounds like you are busier than a cucumber in a women's prison
    8 points
  23. Fuck off Pete....I'm on holiday...
    8 points
  24. Kickin' off the weekend with the usual Friday night Tequila shooting with the missus... Definitely in prep for our 2nd Anniversary on Monday
    8 points
  25. Well that was a long trip mostly wasted but salvaged this panorama of Aberystwyth Started out driving up to Llyn Brianne at 3pm (45 miles) in the vain hopes of getting a Sunset there, no luck as it just clouded over, so then drove across to Aberystwyth (32 very dodgy miles and a hill climb in the dark), got bigger panorama than below but cocked up with focus, still managed to salvage this one, wasn't entirely happy so then drove to Ynys (across the estuary from Port Meirion 58 miles), but couldn't get the angle I wanted as it was too late to be driving down private roads and there was no damned snow on the mountains behind "The Village", b*ll*cks, not having much luck so headed on to Caernarfon Castle (24 miles) to get a classic reflection shot, but oh dear, the lights weren't on and the tide was out pffft, bloody tired now as it's early hours, thought I'd head back via Machynlleth and stop, wait for morning to see if any fighter jets were low flying, fell asleep in a layby, woke up at about 4am and decided to head for home (138 miles) arrived at 08:10am. 273 miles of dodgy, slow Welsh mountain roads in the pouring rain So remember when you see a great picture online from a photographer, give it a like as it's extremely unlikely they they simply happened to be in the right place at the right time, I guarantee they've done all this crap too and more, tried dozens of times before getting that one shot, the one below isn't a great shot, just what I could salvage from one of many failed trips.
    8 points
  26. Don’t be stupid, I’m a professional.
    8 points
  27. After a weekend of migrating sites I got out for an hour.
    8 points
  28. I got pulled and taken into a room in Greece once after my bag had been through the X-ray machine. They made me open a little tub that I had in my bag but were very disappointed when they discovered that it just talcum powder
    8 points
  29. @XTreme only had a little wank , he only has a mega wank if there are dead dogs as well
    7 points
  30. Another day of work.....but not as manic now I've got the server migrations done. And tomorrow it's back to Baza Hospital cos the wife is having tests done. While I'm waiting I might look into the Hernia Dept and frighten the shit out of them that I'm coming back!
    7 points
  31. I'll see your snow on the hills 100 miles away and raise you some dirt and water touching the tyres LOL
    7 points
  32. I hate steel sheds The assembly instruction that came with the shed made Ikeas assembly instructions seem like plain English.
    7 points
  33. You are correct sir.....I flipped the twist shifter over to the left side, so it shifts backwards, but wasn't hard to get used to. I also added a hydraulic front brake caliper...Best upgrade I've ever done....It'll put you on your head! Also added a MegaRange sprocket gear set to the rear along w/ oversized Michelin tires. Just got an email today informing me of my new eBike that has been shipped....me anxiously waiting.
    7 points
  34. that’s proper trucking!
    7 points
  35. Looking wet there Pete who did you send to the front line to take the photo
    7 points
  36. I've got to agree with the annoying cunt here.....though our reasons are different. I'm worried about wild animals on the road like deer and boar.........while he's worried about the Boogeyman!
    7 points
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