Let’s go to Carrick via Bracknell

In Longford the South Esk river was over the boat ramp and coming up the access road

It’s still raining quite a lot. Wednesday though promised a sunny and warmish day and was not to be wasted.

So I readied Bluey and off we went, heading to Carrick.

Initially without a set plan I ended up cycling along Armstrong Lane to Bracknell first, then along Oaks Road to Carrick. This added a few ks to the ride and we ended up travelling 68 kilometers.

Here’s the video :

Destination Carrick – then back

The lunch action section of the video stopped short as I set the sequence to cover 10 minutes. It wasn’t long enough for the Trangia to boil !! Reasons :

1. I had diluted the Metho with water – perhaps too much?

2. The wind. The flame was blown out a couple of times early on. I have never used a Trangia in so much wind ! I suspect the flame didn’t get warm enough initially due to the watering down (to stop sooty deposits) and the wind could just snuff it.

Eventually, when the water had boiled, I made an Aeropress coffee which was much better than recent purchases at the Carrick Servo.

You will have seen / will see me ogling peoples sheds at one point in the vid. There were lots of them along Charlies Lane and I was reminded of an ancient British TV comedy sketch around a musician called “Two-Sheds Jackson”. It stuck in my mind and I just couldn’t recall who created the sketch. I had to look when I got back.

It was by Monty Python. I checked the extract on YouTube and it wasn’t very funny. So I haven’t link to it.


The rain came back towards the end of the week. By Saturday it was not possible to cycle to Woolmers.

Woolmers Bridge is way up there over the water

So I didn’t.

’til next time – and hoping for a drier November ……………………..

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. It is good!

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