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~ => Freewheeling => Topic started by: sam on June 15, 2012

Title: Independence Day
Post by: sam on June 15, 2012
What: Hastings Hustle II: Independence Day. Click here for prequel. (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/index.php?topic=52447.0)

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/HH/aliens.jpg)

Where: London to Hastings

When: Not the 4th of July: the 14th. (The Queen doesn't officially celebrate her birthday (http://www.royal.gov.uk/HMTheQueen/TheQueensbirthdays.aspx) on her birthday, either.) If the weather is poor, we'll try the 21st.

Why: To commemorate independence (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/HH/AG2.jpg) and the striving of people everywhere for freedom.

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No really, why?: I like hills and it's a good excuse for a cruise through history and some splendid countryside.

Meeting place: Somerset House, across the river from where Critical Mass meets, because I like irony, too.
Appropriately enough this also used to be HQ for the tax office.

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/HH/SomersetHouse.jpg)
one I made earlier (http://www.lfgss.com/thread81269.html)

Itinerary: See prequel thread. In addition, this time we will be passing Down House, home of Charles Darwin, misguided (http://creationmuseum.org/) eminent Victorian and inventor of the Darwin Award. (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/HH/darwinaward.jpg) Here we'll pause for a moment's silence to mourn Texas, (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jun/21/how-texas-inflicts-bad-textbooks-on-us/?pagination=false) the missing link between church and state.

Which bike: Bring something with a granny gear, unless you want a challenge.

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Playlist:
Living In America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHqUipinDyw)
Sail Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwwhHI_IMog)
The Star Spangled Banner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMhq1L0cJf0)
Born in the USA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIekamBDiAw)
Pink Houses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53OV4E9Ol3w)
America (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCbOEZ8c8dM)
American Pie
(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/HH/americanpie.jpg) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr-BYVeCv6U)
Title: Survival of the flattest
Post by: sam on June 26, 2012
Recon mission. At Crystal Palace Park I run into a guy (not literally) on a mobility scooter who raced in the 50s pushing a big fixed wheel. Codename Sisyphus tells me his back and knees are wrecked. He then admires the welds on my bike, which isn't something I can take credit for.

Pass a small herd of Megaloceros. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Palace_Dinosaurs) They shouldn't be a problem as long as they aren't startled.

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My main area of interest this day is Down House, further south. I explore the possible routes incorporating it.

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Confirm the impossibility of cranking my singlespeed velocipede up one of the short but deadly hills on offer.

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Visit James Wolfe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wolfe) in Westerham. We discuss the capture of Quebec, which he insists was worth the three musket balls he might have avoided if evolution hadn't favoured him with the uprighteous blessings of bipedalism. I remind him of his declaration to his officers: "Gentlemen, I would rather have written that poem [Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard] than take Quebec tomorrow," which ends with the narrator mourning a cyclist who took on too great an incline:

One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill,
Along the heath and near his fav'rite tree;
Another came; nor yet beside the rill,
Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he;
The next with dirges due in sad array
Slow thro' the church-way path we saw him borne.
Approach and read (for thou canst read) the lay,
Grav'd on the stone beneath yon aged thorn.


(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/wolfe.jpg)

Also inform him that, speaking as an American, the French were later helpful to us.

Carry on home to contemplate history poetry the refrigerator.
Title: Independence Day
Post by: sam on July 04, 2012
As the nation of my birth celebrates its birthday, I thought it appropriate to highlight key moments of some of the men at the helm.

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President Obama signing a bill honoring one gear

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President Cheney outlaws spokey dokes

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Clinton was hoping for an Il Pompino

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Bush: "Read my lips: No new bike lanes"

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Future president Ronald Reagan putting on a brave face after Virginia Mayo takes Bonzo's place as stoker

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/presidents/carter.jpg)
Jimmy Carter tackles the important issues in a seminal 1976 Playboy interview

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Gerald Ford causes a diplomatic incident by telling the Queen he'd like to give her a ride
Title: twinned hills
Post by: sam on July 08, 2012
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Some hills along the way, with their honorary twins in the States:

Denmark Hill
We don't go very far up this. If we carried on we'd end up on Herne Hill with its famed velodrome; instead we'll be scaling the sleeping policemen on Champion Hill.
twinned with Capitol Hill

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/capitol.jpg)

Hogtrough Hill
Westerham Hill would be more direct, but Hogtrough offers a much more peaceful decent, to better enjoy the view. Also worthwhile is the spin along Pilgrims' Way (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrims%27_Way), "the historic route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent" which closely follows "a pre-existing ancient trackway dated by archaeological finds to 500–450 BC, but probably in existence since the stone age."
twinned with Nob Hill, a neighborhood in San Francisco

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Hosey Hill
Proof that what goes down (Hogtrough) must come back up. Leads to Churchill's Chartwell.
twinned with Bunker Hill

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/bunkerhill.jpg)

Rogues Hill
After passing the medieval Penshurst Place (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penshurst_Place), the climb to Bidborough, with its front row seat to the North Downs, begins here.
twinned with George Roy Hill, director of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Bartley Hill Road
Actually it's Bartley Mill Road. Two hills in quick succession because one is never enough.
twinned with Hill Street Blues (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/lets-be-careful-out-there.jpg).

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King's Hill Road
The only thing that stands between Burwash and that pyramid. The elevation is up there with Ditchling Beacon; fortunately you get an extra mile to enjoy the climb.
twinned with the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/rushmore.jpg)

Cackle Street
This goes gloriously down from Brightling, but a reminder that the hills aren't quite over swiftly follows, so,
twinned with Heartbreak Hill, infamous incline near the end (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/grimreaper.jpg) of the Boston Marathon

(http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/pics/heartbreakarmstrong.jpg)