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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:09 pm 
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Right, let's work off some festive pies. Who fancies doing the Devon coast-to-coast sometime soon?

I'm motivated by seeing how straightforward it looks on OpenCycleMap - 60 miles or so of NCN routes 3 and 27 between Barny and Plymouth stations, with a lunch stop in Okehampton.

http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=9&lat ... ayers=B000

Even at Audax speed, we ought to be able to complete it in daylight.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:14 pm 
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Oh go on then. Penny, fixed or Brompton?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:23 pm 
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You may borrow any of them that your legs can reach. :)

We need a date and a train timetable...

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You can count me in as well as I currently need to perch my festive belly on the handlebars. 8-[


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:20 pm 
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Yes, I'd be up for that.

I reckon it's better to go south to north, though:
Finishing with 20 flat miles to Barnstaple is nicer than doing the hills last. Other thing is not knowing what time you'd actually finish to get the train home - they can be a bit arsey about bikes without reservations between Plymouth and Exeter whereas from Barstaple you'll always get on with bikes.

It's a bit longer than 60-odd miles - more like 75, I think. An alternative route given the lack of daylight might be to start from nearer to Exeter, follow the old A30 to Okehampton then pick up NCN 27 to Barnstaple. That's about 65 miles, and is actually not too bad to do fixed...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:58 pm 
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Bit of a tailwind going north, too, on average. Got to actually go from coast to coast though!

...I'm up in Wells next weekend and on-call the weekend after but it is my burfday and I fancy a burfday ride. With beer. So I may just be a naughty boy...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:04 pm 
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I reckon we go from Plymouth then and have an early start so as to get the train. Mind you, I'm game for riding back from Barny too. That would make a rough 200k.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:15 pm 
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Plymouth, then. Has to be a Saturday as Sundays won't have an early enough train. As for a date - I'm good for any weekend, except this one coming up.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:29 pm 
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Hokay. If Andy is Otherwise Engaged next weekend, that gives us the 17th. Does that sparkle with you Munky?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:23 pm 
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I'll check with the office, as I'm supposed to be on-call.

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So, Mr.Gates, are you allowed to come out and play next Saturday?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:26 pm 
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I declare yes, though I'll be carrying the work mobe! ](*,)

Right, we need trains at both ends.

There are trains from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth every half hour or so on Saturday morning, taking 1:40 to get there. Might I suggest the 7:20ish trains to get in around nine?

Barny trains back to Exeter are: 17:09, 18:13, 19:16, 20:23, 22:18. Plenty there in case we're late ("delayed due to pies" as I prefer to call it) and they all stop at Crediton to drop me off! Nice long delays to spend in pubs :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:49 pm 
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AndyGates wrote:
I declare yes, though I'll be carrying the work mobe! ](*,)

Right, we need trains at both ends.

There are trains from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth every half hour or so on Saturday morning, taking 1:40 to get there. Might I suggest the 7:20ish trains to get in around nine?

Barny trains back to Exeter are: 17:09, 18:13, 19:16, 20:23, 22:18. Plenty there in case we're late ("delayed due to pies" as I prefer to call it) and they all stop at Crediton to drop me off! Nice long delays to spend in pubs :)

I can just imagine Baggy's face when she reads this.... :shock: :yikes:
Um, possibly a slightly later train? After all, it am not a huge distance and we've got plenty of spare trains at the Barny end.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:57 pm 
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Ah.
The trains take 1:40 to get to Plymouth because they are, in fact, buses. Engineering work on the line until 2nd Feb. :? :doh:

Fancy an alternative birfday ride?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:55 pm 
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Cock biscuits.

Okaaay, replanning...

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