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The Spirit Of Adventure

Hi there!

Life currently seems determined to throw a spanner into my plans: I was planning on cycling the new version of my Brighton Bimble route on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but I also need to see the dentist, and the only appointment I could get was for Wednesday.

As for the reason why I need to cycle it, I changed the route a great deal. It now starts in Crawley, and also includes the new traffic-free path along the A27. Before I release a GoCycle multi-day route guide, I go personally ride it, to ensure I know what the route is like.

The last time I rode the (old version of) this route, I realised I made mistakes in some parts, which is why I never published it before. This is why my GoCycle multi-day route guides are so trustworthy: I personally test-ride them, and I won't publish a bad route guide.

Of course, autumn's slowly creeping up on us, and I already saw a V-formation of geese flying south. It's a gentle reminder that the earth is a dynamic system that's always changing, and we must adapt to the changes. It also means that my camping gear setup will start changing slowly, to cater for colder nights.

A few years ago now I (belatedly) realised that I don't have to limit the adventure season from late spring, through summer, and into early autumn. With the right gear, there's little reason not to go on adventures all year round, and I have several winter adventures planned. I hope we get quite thick snow on Dartmoor this coming winter, as I want to cycle out there and go snow-camping!

What about you - what autumn and winter adventures are you planning? Remember, you don't have to go camping - there's nothing wrong with booking into a warm B&B overnight.

May the air always remain inside your tyres!

The Blast From The Past button is quite straightforward: with every edition, I link a random old WillCycle post to it. If you click it, you will see what old WillCycle post it takes you to.
The button will only ever point at WillCycle.

The Good News

Wind turbines are great, and a huge part of the future, but they do have a limited lifespan. When older wind turbines are decommissioned, it's always been a challenge what to do with the massive blades.
Now, a company called REGEN Fiber has a great solution to that problem.

Did You Know...?

Peanuts are used for more than just making peanut butter. Peanut oil contains something called glycerol, and glycerol is from where nitroglycerine is obtained.
Yes, peanuts can be used to make dynamite!

What Did You Miss On WillCycle?

Darkmoor - the return

Darkmoor was an annual all-night bike ride that I used to organise. It never really took off, so I stopped it. After all, there's no point continuing a ride that attracted exactly 2 riders the last time it ran. Darkwhat? Darkmoor was an all-night ride that crossed Dartmoor - the last wilderness in England. The name is descriptive: a ride …
Darkmoor - the return

Kit review - Zefal T3 top tube bag

Kit review - Zefal T3 top tube bag
Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐ The Zefal T3 bag attaches to the top tube with Velcro-type fasteners, and has a clear pocket for your smartphone. It's generously-sized, but you need to decide for yourself if that's a benefit, or not. Road-tested I took the T3 bag along when I cycled (more or less) the bottom half of the Wild Atlantic Way in …

Showcased products

Roadie - women's cut T-shirt


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Roadie - women's cut T-shirt

Beer Ride cycling cap

£14.00 £12.00

I'm stopping sales of both caps and T-shirts. Remaining stock of cycling caps are reduced, and when the last stock is sold, I'll be closing the web shop.
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Random Internet Link

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