Chaplog tries hard In which an ageing climber comes to terms with life closer to the ground.


Crosby Beach

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Kate and Lena at Crosby Beach

Meanwhile, Lynne, Lena and Kate went to Another Place at Crosby Beach and then on to Southport. A Victorian penny arcade on the pier, fish and chips and home. A good day out for February. Lena and Kate’s father was not with them but they found a substitute!

The Photographs


Oranges and Storks

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Clearing up the oranges in Serpa

Serpa – Alcoutin 106Km 5h 27 min Av Hr Rate 61% Av Speed 19.5

Weather forecasts have not worked for me in this area. It is cool with a perfect blue sky. The TV tells me it be cloudy with possible showers. I do not think so. I saw Hoopoes, Storks, Grouse, Lapwing and Azure winged Magpies. As I loaded up the bike I met the pavement crew knocking the oranges on to the street. I took their photograph.

The photographs if you did not see them on the last post.


Up the Guadiana without a freewheel

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Serpa – Pulo do Lobo – Serpa 40Km Av 59% Av 17.00 Km/Hr

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Praca da Rebublica – Serpa Portugal

I went out at first light to take some photographs and find breakfast. I found a Café with locals who were sat down and eating – a good sign!

The photographs



Alcoutin – Serpa

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Alcoutin – Serpa Tuesday 12th February 110Km Av HR 63% 17.8Km hr

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The end of the road at the Guadiana river

The plan was to have an easier day as yesterday had been hard work. Breakfast was 8:00 and I did start until 9:00am. Perfect weather. I started riding in shorts and short sleeved shirt with sun cream smeared in appropriate places.


Faro – Alcoutin – Portugal

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Guadiane hotel empty in February


A 16 degree Centigrade temperature rise

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Last week it was snowy and freezing, this week it was a lot warmer with no wind. As the Snake Pass was still closed we drove up to the land slip and cycled from there.

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View from Ladybower Reservoir



Little news

Filed under: General — Mike Chapman @ 8:56 pm

This week I got as wet as one get in a suit without jumping into a swimming pool. Thursday 31st January was an extreme day on the weather front, water fell out of the sky, there was lightning, thunder and gale force winds. A twenty minute walk in Manchester was an extreme experience. I taught in bare feet for most of the day with shoes and socks on the radiator. By the weekend it had turned to small.jpg

View from the Longendale cycle track


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