Saturday 22 September 2012

Thermarest Neoair

In the blog below on the gear I used on the Cycle tour through France I comment on my Neoair. The mat started to delaminate during the trip, although it didn't lose any air so remained comfortable for the rest of the tour. Last Sunday I finally got round to emailing First Ascent (the importers of Thermarest products), explaining the problem. After a couple of emails, confirming my suspicions of delamination I received a new Neoair X Lite on Thursday. Superb service, First Ascent should be commended on such prompt attention.

Sunday 2 September 2012

Day Ride to the Crake Valley

A beautiful sunny day today, ideal for my plan to ride over to the Crake Valley. I rode a rather roundabout route via Grange-over-Sands Cark and Greenodd, taking advantage of the Sustrans track across the Roudsea marsh. I then cycled up the Crake valley on B roads, eventually reaching the bottom of Coniston Water at Nibthwaite. The road on the east side of the lake undulates through the trees, there was some welcome shade. I had my butties looking across at the Coniston Fells, the hills were looking at their very best today. After lunch more undulations, followed by the steep climb over Hawkshead Hill, I was rewarded by the splendid downhill down into Hawkshead. I didnt stop, there were lots of folk, only to be expected really. y way onward was beside Esthwaite Water, then through Graythwaite estate to Newby Bridge. I then rode back via Newton and Lindale to cross the marshes at Meathop. The sun shone all day made a pleasent change from the rather "mixed" weather.