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Old January 22nd 06, 10:08 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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"Brian G" wrote in message
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There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of
foliage and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier
to spot.


Also makes all the discarded crap: bottles, fast food containers, cans etc
more visible on the verges, during summer only larger items like fridges and
bath tubs are visible :-(
But, not to be a miserable git, I took my shiney bike out for a 40 miler
yesterday looping through the quiet lanes of east Leicestershire to Eyebrook
reservoir and back, it felt quite springlike, very pleasant, nothing
remarkable to comment on, just nice.
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Old January 23rd 06, 09:21 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Simon Mason wrote:
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There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of foliage
and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier to spot.
Seen on today's 20 or so miler: Buzzard, heron, kestrel, mute swans, roe
deer, stoat ...


Seen on today's ride - burned out car, stolen moped, old supermarket
trolley...

Simon in east Hull's badlands.


The only interesting thing I saw in 100km was a dead cat at Sherburn in
Elmet.

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Old January 23rd 06, 10:12 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Simon Brooke wrote:
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I'd like to know what country animal pests they are that need to be
shot on the same Saturday every year.


Stockbrokers, I expect. Vermin.


I think they were probably the ones with guns

Who needs horses and hounds when the foxes are on the doorstep -
literally?

Where's the fun in that?

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Old January 23rd 06, 10:44 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Simon Brooke wrote:
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MartinM ') wrote:


I'd like to know what country animal pests they are that need to be
shot on the same Saturday every year.


Stockbrokers, I expect. Vermin.


I think they were probably the ones with guns


Who needs horses and hounds when the foxes are on the doorstep -
literally?


Where's the fun in that?


They are great fun to watch, are your urban foxes. I have watched them
at all hours of the day and night, I have watched a mother and 4 cubs
chasing and playing, all from the comfort of my own home...

--
Helen D. Vecht:
Edgware.
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Old January 23rd 06, 11:20 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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"Peter B" wrote in message
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"Brian G" wrote in message
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There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of
foliage and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier
to spot.


Also makes all the discarded crap: bottles, fast food containers, cans etc
more visible on the verges, during summer only larger items like fridges
and
bath tubs are visible :-(
But, not to be a miserable git, I took my shiney bike out for a 40 miler
yesterday looping through the quiet lanes of east Leicestershire to
Eyebrook
reservoir and back, it felt quite springlike, very pleasant, nothing
remarkable to comment on, just nice.
--
Pete



Yesterday,as I did a gentle 25 miles in afternoon sunshine, for some reason
I started counting the items of litter in the verge ( just my side of the
road) -- mainly plastic bottles, beer and coke cans and cigarette packets.
Now I obviously didn't make this anywhere near an accurate count but as it
went on, for about 2 1/2 miles, along a country B road I was more and more
disgusted. The count when I stopped it stood at 460 items.
I don't normally cycle along doing this sort of thing and I don't know why I
started doing it but it was such a nice afternoon and was, to a certain
extent, spoiled by all this litter which originated from motor vehicles.
On my tours in Europe I have found Germany and Austria to have the cleanest
roads and verges, France can be a bit scruffy at times but nowhere is a bad
as dirty old England.
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Trevor A Panther
In South Yorkshire,
England, United Kingdom.
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Old January 23rd 06, 02:33 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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In article . com,
MartinM ) wrote:

Brian G wrote:
There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of
foliage and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier
to spot. Seen on today's 20 or so miler: Buzzard, heron, kestrel, mute
swans, roe deer, stoat ...


I didn't see any wildlife of note on yesterday's 100km, which is just
as well as I did see about 50 shotgun wielding strategically placed
around a field, and a few with flags. It's always in the same part of
the ride every year. They call it sport. But what do I know, I'm from a
town.


I too came hurtling down the hill to encounter some raddled posho with a
white flag. Being a Heathen Townie, I had no idea what said raddled
posho was up to, and was in any case travelling too fast to accept her
surrender.

'twas only one rounding the corner at the bottom that I nearly ran over
some shotgun-wielding toff, who clearly felt that the middle of the road
was an entirely sensible place from which to shoot at peasants.

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Dave Larrington - http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/
Murdock's Gardening Law: If it's green, the paving isn't finished yet.
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Old January 23rd 06, 02:33 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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In article , Brian G ([email protected]
howe.co.uk) wrote:
There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of
foliage and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier
to spot. Seen on today's 20 or so miler: Buzzard, heron, kestrel, mute
swans, roe deer, stoat ...


Wot? No dead badger?

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Dave Larrington - http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/
Murdock's Gardening Law: If it's green, the paving isn't finished yet.
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Old January 23rd 06, 02:41 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Dave Larrington wrote:
In article . com,
MartinM ) wrote:

Brian G wrote:
There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of
foliage and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier
to spot. Seen on today's 20 or so miler: Buzzard, heron, kestrel, mute
swans, roe deer, stoat ...


I didn't see any wildlife of note on yesterday's 100km, which is just
as well as I did see about 50 shotgun wielding strategically placed
around a field, and a few with flags. It's always in the same part of
the ride every year. They call it sport. But what do I know, I'm from a
town.


I too came hurtling down the hill to encounter some raddled posho with a
white flag. Being a Heathen Townie, I had no idea what said raddled
posho was up to, and was in any case travelling too fast to accept her
surrender.

'twas only one rounding the corner at the bottom that I nearly ran over
some shotgun-wielding toff, who clearly felt that the middle of the road
was an entirely sensible place from which to shoot at peasants.


I think (from last time) that the peasants are merely there to jivvy
the feathered friends (who have probably been fed sleeping tablet-laced
grapes the day before as in the Roald Dahl story) out of cover at
exactly the right moment for the toffs who just happen by co-incidence
to be standing waiting with 12 bore cocked (but what would I know?).

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Old January 23rd 06, 03:03 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Dave Larrington wrote:
In article , Brian G ([email protected]
howe.co.uk) wrote:
There are downsides to cycling in January, but the general lack of
foliage and vegetation in the countryside makes the wildlife much easier
to spot. Seen on today's 20 or so miler: Buzzard, heron, kestrel, mute
swans, roe deer, stoat ...


Wot? No dead badger?

Strewth! Here am I trying to raise the tone a bit with a lyrical account
of my communing with nature and all you lot can report spotting is
fly-tipping and roadkill. I hereby claim this week's moral high ground.

--
Brian G
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Old January 23rd 06, 03:25 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Dave Larrington wrote:

'twas only one rounding the corner at the bottom that I nearly ran over
some shotgun-wielding toff, who clearly felt that the middle of the road
was an entirely sensible place from which to shoot at peasants.


They like to wait until they can see the whites of your eyes, so
Oakleys suddenly seem good value for money.

--
Dave...

 




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