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Archives for May 2013

Woolsthorpe Manor

Discovered Isaac Newton’s birthplace is only 30 miles away. The sun is shining, therefore I have planned a 100km DIY-by-GPS audax ride to Woolsthorpe Manor today.

“Newton returned here when Cambridge University closed due to the plague, and here he performed many of his most famous experiments, most notably his work on light and optics. This is also believed to be the site where Newton observed an apple fall from a tree, inspiring him to formulate his law of universal gravitation.” [from Wikipedia] The manor is now a National Trust property.

Official stats for the ride:

Distance = 106km
Climbing = 978m
Duration = 5 hours 44 minutes 
Start Time = 27 May 2013 09:21:42
Finish Time = 27 May 2013 15:05:52
Minimum Altitude = 60m
Maximum Altitude = 201m
Average Speed – Overall = 18.4kph
Average Speed – Moving = 19.7kph
Time At Rest = 0 hours 23 minutes

Cycling in the New Territories, Hong Kong.

SONY DSCHaving managed to get a visa for mainland China from Forever Bright Trading Ltd, my Saturday trip to Guangzhou was cancelled so I had a free day in Hong Kong. Cycling in the New Territories seemed a good idea so onto the internet for some research…

I got the MTR to Sha Tin where I hired a bike from Shun Lee Bicycle Company for HK$160 (cheaper bikes were $80), and rode to Sham Chung, a village that can only be accessed by hiking, bike or ferry. The idea was to get ferry back to Ma Lui Shui on the other side of Three Fathoms Cove and then a shortish ride back to the cycle shop, but ferryman was not prepared to take a bike on so had to ride back the way I came. I missed my ferry trip but on the plus side, did more miles!


The track to Sham Chung


The Janis Durango Comp I hired. Surprisingly comfortable considering I didn’t have my own saddle or pedals.