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Sierra del Peñón

My favourite ride of the holiday. It's a long slog out of Deveses, up through Orba, Murla and Benigembla. I started kinda early and there is still a lot of mist about before the sun has revved up and started to toast the countryside. By the time I reach the foot of the mountain and the wiggly track up it, I've climbed 1200 ft from the coast and sea level, actually ...

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DEVESES AGAIN…

We made it, we’re on holiday, we fucked up the booking and were en-route to Alicante with nowhere to stay, but after some messages and calls we have found ourselves in our favourite quiet spot in Les Deveses not far from the beach, in a casa that the new owners had no plans for renting, and we are very grateful that a bunch of unlikeliness fell together, perfectly. It’...

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FIRST RIDE FOR THE ORANGE 5

It’s a Mk1 frame from 2004, bought off Ebay. I built it up using parts from the Orange ST4, and this morning it went together perfectly nicely except for the internal routing for the back brake, which dunt work for fat Hope hoses. Cable ties instead. First impressions were that the suspension is really plush,the simple single-pivot design giving a very smooth ride. The forest was annoyingly muddy today, ...

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COURGETTE LEAF

Yes, I’m back on my courgette leaf fixation, the evening sun was kinda backlighting them, the pink bits are some kind of flowers behind. It’s a beautiful world. It feels like it’s under siege, but we haven’t killed it yet. Whether you have climbed to (let’s hope they don’t build that airport) Machu Pichu, are walking your dog through Epping Forest with its surprisingly ...

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Garden Snail…

The lazy arsed landscape of my garden #5 - geezer with eyes on stalks. Some folks travel the world to photograph it. I'll go half way to my shed. Yes I feel guilty and obviously I want to see Machu Pichu, and I will. Soonish. Meanwhile, snails...

TUBE NOTES #2

A tangle of hands hanging from the bar. One of those occasions when folks squeezing into the carriage have to find any available half-space to wrap their fingers, so, arms cross, fingers stretch and elbows find themselves in ears, in eyes. For Pete’s sake, sort yourselves out, just all let go, untangle, start again. I suspect that I am obsessed with hands. Well, some hands, perhaps. A slimmish, brownish ...

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This is Bob…

He’s a dog and he is a sweetie except for when he is being taken for a walk, when he is a pain in the arse because Bob hates other dogs and just wants to bark at them / chase them / bite them. The other thing that Bob really likes to bark at are trains, and by a happy coincidence there is a railway line that passes the end of ...

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