Rarotonga, Cook Islands, central mountain
Rarotonga, Cook Islands, central mountain
  • Setting off tomorrow...
    • 18/05/2017
Placeholder to test mapping
  • Site Redesign
    • 01/01/2016
So i'm halfway through rebuilding the site!

This is a job i've been failing to get around to doing for ages, but my hand has been forced by two malicious code injections during December 2015.

So i'm starting from the ground up and trying to follow the latest best practice advice on design for mobile screen size compatability, and script security.

What's new?
Layout: the whole site follows one template and is now more modular.

The context menu underneath the main photo pane, providing greater flexibility in navigation.

Linking to flickr for high res images as i don't have enough server space or bandwidth.

Replacing googlemaps with Open Street Maps for interactive route maps and geotagged post browsing.

Remaining to do:
The maps. Which will involve geotagging every post and image in the database.

Context sensitive photos in the main photo pane, with a discreet next/prev control

Additional blog nav menu by month/year.
Making all references to trips/locations/month year clickable links.

additional blog menu by tag (sorted by frequency)
search function

Customize the flikr scripts to drill through into sets
Sort out the CSS for flikr
Add enlarged images on mouseover

Rewrite all of the upload and posting scripts. That's the big one.

Create mobile app (for uploads and geotagging) in android api.

user switchable CSS skins/themes
  • Coast to Coast #2: Walking
    • 04/10/2012
On Saturday i will be setting off to follow Wainright's 192 mile, 12 day coast to coast hiking trail, camping out each night and carrying all my equipment.

Fingers crossed!!!
  • Coast to Coast #1: Cycling
    • 03/10/2012
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So three days, 168 miles, many hills and sore body parts later, we (Tim and I) completed our coast to coast cycle ride.
On the whole it was enjoyable, absorbing the scenery, absorbing the rain, talking to various livestock, and no punctures!

So on day 1 we started at lunchtime from Walney on the west coast, with Tim rather confident and me slightly apprehensive. Walney and neighbouring Barrow in Furness aren't much to get excited about, but we were soon out into the countryside on some back lanes and rolling hills. We passed through a couple of scenic towns including Ulverston, home of the Laurel and Hardy museum and more importantly my first Gregg's pastry of the weekend. However as the afternoon dragged on, some steeper gradients interposed themselves as well as grey skies and drizzle, so it was with some relief that we rolled in to Kendal Youth Hostel in the gathering dusk. This hostel is no longer YHA affiliated, apparently they've been selling a load off. But it was still fine.

Day 2 started with buying some Kendal Mint Cake, which consists entirely of sugar and mint, great for energy, and desperately needed later in the day.
On Day 2 the hills started steep from the word go, and the rain started a heavy drizzle and continued until late in the afternoon. Thus after the first dozen miles i was soaked and progress had not been quick, since Tim kept getting off to push his bike up any hill with more than a 5% gradient. So in Sedburgh i demanded a pub stop for an all day fry up breakfast and a change of clothes. Also i bought a load of bin bags to improve waterproofing, if not fashionability.
The next section was a long, steady climb out of the Lake District and into the Yorkshire Dales watershed. Tim handled this pretty well though and a couple of hours later we were rewarded with a long, steady descent down into Hawes.
After a quick pasty stop we continued down to Leyburn, the gradient still in our favour but with more rolling ups and downs. However the sun finally broke through and gave us some wonderful vibrant rainbows to cheer us up.
After Leyburn we felt like we were on the home straight back towards Richmond for the night, but fatigue and complacency was setting in and we arrived at Tim's house pretty knackered. A gigantic curry was prepared to restore some energy.

Day 3 we awoke to a glorious sunny morning, and surprisingly few aches and pains, aside from being quite saddle sore. The first 30 miles across the vale were plain sailing, and we knocked them off in time for a relaxing lunch in Stokesly before tackling the North York Moors.

Here we decided to ignore the suggested W2W national cycle route which skirts the northern edge of the moors, and instead go straight through the middle, after all there aren't any huge peaks to climb once you get up there right?

Well yes and no, whilst the moors aren't mountainous, the plateau is crevassed with many valleys, involving frighteningly high speed descents (30mph+) followed by exhausting 25% gradient climbs up the other side.
This became very frustrating for Tim, who could see on the map that Whitby was only about a dozen miles away as the crow flies, but over average speed had dropped considerably - eventually only a few miles from the end i was forced to concede defeat and push up one 33% slope.
Furthermore, the long expected freewheel down into Whitby never seemed to materialise, so we arrived tired and relieved at the coast for triumphant photos on the beach and fish and chips.
Job done!


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