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Rochester Castle – Wall Collapses

Saturday March 6, 2010

Took the Dahon into town this morning for what was its first outing this year.  This fact was pretty obvious when I unfolded the bike and found that the tyres were almost completely flat.  It was a nice ride but it was very cold out.

One thing I did notice on the ride into town was the building work going on around Rochester Castle.  A quick Google search this afternoon reveals that part of the bailey wall had collapsed during the week as a result of heavy rain.  Repair work is under way although it’s not affecting the castle itself nor entry to the castle grounds.

BBC News story (inc. video) is available via this link.


Parcel Run

Saturday December 12, 2009

Another post run this morning – into town to collect a parcel.  Wow, it’s cold out there today – winter is definitely here.  It’s sunny (at times) but it’s cold and the slight breeze takes it even colder, then jump on a bike and cycle and the wind really bites.

The Dahon whizzed me in and back and the back rack was, as always, fantastically useful for carrying the parcel.  It really is a great bike.

I’m a bit fed up that I haven’t really had time to use either bike over the past month or so.  Work has been pretty busy and there’s always things to do in the house (such as eating and sleeping!).  I’m planning on some decent rides over the Christmas break…


The Pampered Dahon

Sunday November 29, 2009

Pampered DahonI do like my Dahon but I don’t really go over the top with its care – honestly!

It’s not relaxing after a hard ride, it’s drying off in the bath after cycling home in the rain last Thursday night.  I suppose that’s one of the downsides for keeping the bike inside the house: if the bike gets dirty, what do you do with it?

A funny sight though for visitors to my house when they pop into the bathroom.


Rochester – Night And Day

Saturday November 28, 2009

I decided to head out on the Dahon on Thursday night with my tripod strapped to the back.  I wanted to test out my camera’s night capability and the Dahon was the best method of transport for the job.

I had the bike kitted out with all my lights including the NiteRider MiNewt and I headed off into the darkness.  I managed to cycle 5 miles during the few hours I was out and got home just as the weather turned.  The last mile of cycling was in the rain but I was happy that I had a good ride and should have captured some good images.

Saturday afternoon I headed out again, this time without the bike but the camera attached in its pouch on my belt.  I was heading to Rochester Castle again, but this time I was going to go inside!  I’ve lived in the area for around twelve years and have spent a lot of time relaxing in the castle’s grounds but I’ve never done the ‘tourist thing’ and gone inside.

There’s nothing much inside, it’s basically a shell but it was worth paying the £5 entrance fee for the view from the top.

It was a very windy day and standing on top of the ancient building was breathtaking in more ways than one.  The sun stayed out long enough for me to take a few photographs and to look down on where I usually sit.

There’s been a castle here since 1066 so it’s got a significant history.  The first stone castle was built around 1087 by the same person that was responsible for the cathedral next door and also the Tower Of London.  For more info, click here.

More photos from my Night and Day trips can be found here, on Flickr.

M2 Motorway At Night (2)

Dahon, Gate and Tripod

Rochester Castle In November


Saturday Shopping

Saturday November 7, 2009

exOn a Saturday morning, the bike is far superior to the car.

Needing to wash some clothes, I realised I was out of the required ‘fluids’ so needed to head to the shops.  The sun is out today so I had no hesitation in breaking out the Dahon.

The roads around Rochester Bridge always get gridlocked at busy periods due to poor traffic planning around Strood so I figured that if I took the car, by the time I got to the shop and found a parking space I’d have finished the shopping if I’d travelled by bike.

I was right, it was gridlocked.  No problem for the Dahon though and the convenient cycle lanes!

It’s a great utility bike.


Welcome CraigsList Visitors!

Saturday October 10, 2009

Craigslist, the US-based advertising/community site, is sending a fair few visitors my way recently.

There’s a Dahon D7HG for sale in the SF Bay area (although it’s advertised as a D3/D7HG…).  Take a look if you’re over that side of the world and you’re looking for a Dahon.


A New Dahon Challenge

Saturday September 19, 2009

exI’ve decided on my next Dahon challenge.  Not sure when I’ll start but here it is:

I am going to cycle every street in Rochester.

Okay, may not be an ‘around the world’ challenge but I’m going to try and fit this in to my life (around work, sleeping and other activities).  I don’t plan on doing it all in one day, but over the course of time I plan on cycling on every street/road in town – this means cycling the entire length of each street, not just nipping in or cycling half way.

I’m going to use my GPS receiver to track this so I won’t lose track of where I’ve been and it’ll also track the mileage.  I’ll plot progress on a map and see how things go.  If I complete the task quickly then I’ll expand the challenge to the surrounding areas.

I don’t know how many streets there are in Rochester, it’s not a huge town, but I’ll keep a count as I go.

The map below shows the area I’m going to target, bounded by the yellow line.  Rochester can be seen here on Google Maps.

Why do this?  Well I thought that there must be many streets in the area which I haven’t visited and some which I don’t even know exist.  So I decided that I’d spend some time and cycle the streets and see what’s around.

I haven’t started yet and the way things are going, I probably won’t get around to starting until October…

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