THE FORTY NINERS

Thursday 11/19  and just crept into the 49 column with my 26.10 miles today giving the yearly a boost to 4903.08

Here we are at last, 5000 in sight, with only 97 nugget miles to go!

Latest Model I really like is this offering, well below market price but in B.R.G. or slightly darker making it look Black. Its a Vanden Plas but on the far side of the country over 1600 miles away! I think the  transportation costs will put it outside my reach, but you never know?

A very dark British Racing Green

Friday, 0750 and just made freezing with that easterly wind that I don’t much care for. Today I’m hoping for a two parter as I have to get the bag off at midday. A little shopping and some research on “Salvage Titles”.

A quick ride to start the day with another 10.54 before rushing in to the hospital to get that chemo bag off! The intention was for at least another 17 when I got back but “chemo tiredness” took me out and the ride was never on the cards! However the 10 was better than none and now I’m down to 87 to get to the top of the ladder.

10.54 more nuggets on the 49’niners trail!

Skiing back on TV! must be nearly time to put all those F1 cars to bed along with the Moto GP collection. The weather is departing from the forecast so I’m seeing a ride after a shower and shave.

The ride starts well but as I’m nearing 20 the wind picks up and its bloody cold and I have to stop at the house for a warm and some thermal gloves. Out again and by 28.38 my day is done! Ever closer to that Target and now 28 more steps up the ladder at 4942.00

Only 58 more nuggets/steps/miles to the summit.

Weather not too bad, a bit cool, and a Southerly wind, this morning but first be must take down the Gazebo or the inevitable snow will crush it flat.

Gazebo down, logs chopped, workshop cleaned, and now a Winter Storm warning for the next 2 days so better get on it and squeeze a few more miles/nuggets/steps out of the system. That was horrid ! Bloody cold and a savage Easterly which I didn’t enjoy at all. Only a 14.62 run, but less than 50 to go.

Another collection of hard earned nuggets/miles in crap conditions

Nasty and very cold

Monday even colder with yet more wind! temps look like they will be hovering around the 40F mark and the wind will be cold and strong from the East …… Yuk! and so close too! Only a dismal 7.68 this morning and then I was like this

Yes, it really was like that!

Snow on the ground this morning! Looks bloody miserable out side, just have to see what happens but the forecast is snow and windy which does nothing for the cyclist on a mission. I had even considered a second effort yesterday afternoon but common sense said “You can’t be Serious!” so nothing got done other than logs.

When I was out I passed the 39 mile to go and the mind flashed back to my childhood remembering the “39 Steps”, a Hitchcock film, starring Kenneth More as Kenneth More (he was always the same perfect English Gentleman in every film he ever did!) No acting required!”

Circa 1959 I believe, must have seen it with Mum and Dad

A romp round Scotland and more mysteries

So past 39 steps/nuggets/miles to go and here I am like an outsider looking in with the total at 4964.30 …..  I’m determined to get there but it might not be this week as the forecast is crap!

Just been outside to chop some more wood. Now that is a seriously cold wind and not to my liking at all. Currently not a cycling day! Better get on with listing some of my cycling kit which is WAY too big for me now.

Another 8 items all photographed, sized and downloaded ready for the ads. Other good news My ISDT Jacket has a bid on it!

Well that surprised me! but it is a very nice jacket

Wednesday, although bright and sunny, its still bloody cold and it seems that wind is here as well. It’s like being in Camp IV on Everest waiting just below the DEATH ZONE for a break in the conditions

I’m down here at the South Col, need to get up to The Balcony to have a fighting chance on the Hillary Step and the Summit

The morning run starts quite well but the speed creates more cold air and after about 15 miles I’m freezing bordering on hypothermic and really feeling as though I should be somewhere else , but I push on and make it back to the house at 23.10 which I can now say on reflection was too much. Warming up now and a hot chocolate will help as I foolishly want another 5 today.

Looking at the map above I’m about at the South Summit whereas to give myself a sporting chance for tomorrow I really want to be at the base of the  Hillary Step

Again too cold for me even for the 5 miles/nuggets/steps

So tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, in order to get that Champagne I need 12.61, better ask

Gp Capt Kenneth More from his film Battle Of Britain

With my Thanksgiving vegetable selection of leeks, potatoes, parsnips and swede all prepared I’m going to give it a try as Groupie Ken says “go for it”

My usual vegetable offerings ready for later. Better get on with the “Mission”

5 miles in and not feeling too cold I’m effectively at the base of the Hillary Step my crampons  on my Sidi Shoes are breaking away so new ones are applied for this the most dangerous portion of the trail

The crampons on the old yellow Sidi’s have said “enough!”

On with the NEW

Here we go then, the Hillary Step

From a bit lower down 

Over the Step and onward to the Summit, 12.77 miles in freezing conditions, power of speech lost passing 10 miles, press on with dripping nose and partially closed right eye. Pass the house, only 2 miles to go, I THINK I CAN, and finally 12.77 and I’m in the 5000’nds joy of joy! I’ve done it!!!!

Well done to me! 5000 for the first time

Let’s see what that looks like

5000 North /South

and 5000 from dear old Blighty

Or 

Whichever way you look at it IT’s a bloody long way on a bicycle!

Finally 5000 in the bag or exactly 5000.17

 

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONWARD AND UPWARD AGAIN!

Makes the Trump edifice look like a bit of a joke!

With 4800 in the bag its got to be onward and upward again! The Beemer battery is coming, listings on Craig’s List and E-Bay will be done today!    Maybe  even a little ride to start the mountain climb!

Temps already up to 56F from 21F, wind might be hard as its a headwind from the East!

While I wait to see what sells a lot of my choices have been suddenly sold which gives me a chance to review my upcoming wishes. Other cars are coming into perspective which had not been previously even considered. Do I want a high speed car?  In this day and age I’m thinking I just want something that gives me pleasure, and is a joy to drive and own.

 

I think I could live with this one?

Set off a bit late, not good when you get past 4 p.m. going westbound into a setting low sun! However the target I set of 20 miles was just achieved so the big total is now 4820.94 as the climb to 5000 is on its way. In these cold conditions I think 20 miles is about tops until the temps come back up……. bloody cold I tell You!

Managed to get all my initial run of 8 items on ebay and even had an offer on the Browning hunting suit, and now lots of idiot questions, but no scams today!

Saturday and 0900 and still only 37F but with a nasty 10 mph wind! The wind is building and now, a WEATHER ALERT for amazingly, strong winds, up 50 mph gusts, and the temp has stagnated at 41F !

First item on ebay looks like it sold, he paid me anyway and I have it all boxed up just waiting for a reply about a couple of tears in the pants.

The roving eye is settling on the 2008 XJ Vanden Plas which I have always viewed as an old couples car, but after further consideration I have to say I rather like it  ………… must be the aggressive styled grille and a “more” sporty look ….. opinions ?

Grrrrr!

Definitely a “Geriatric” car!      but with some aggro!

and they have what we used to call “legroom” in the back, with burr woodwork on the “granny tables” in the seat backs. Have to say I’m impressed and not often I say that about a car

and a nice cockpit too!

My inspiration for this cold and miserable day came from Henry Ford and I quote:

“CHOP YOUR OWN WOOD, IT WILL WARM YOU TWICE”

and how right he is! 3 basket day today and too bloody cold and windy to ride!

Sunday and a very cold start in the teens F but now 0900 and warming up a bit at 47F so, just maybe a ride later. Getting warmer as we come to 1000 at 55F and still no wind?   All of yesterday’s skiing photo shoot all transferred to the blog library and ready for listing on my old favorites. I believe there is also a haircut coming soon which will do a lot for my shadow companion as I ride the highways and byways.

About 20 a day is all I can expect on these cold and windy days!

Ok, so nothing happened going up mileage ladder but I did list all the items on their sales outlets and the next round will be cycling clothes that are now WAY TOO BIG for me as I cruise along at a ridiculously low weight of 165 lbs !!!!

DO NOT exceed 25 miles a day in these conditions!!!

Monday morning, in the low 20’s but now 0930 and it is saying 60f ? and no wind? Well must drop off the hunting suit at the Post Office then maybe try for 20 before changing the electric meter on slot 1.

Hunting suit cost an arm and a leg to post, thanks to De Joy you arsehole! The meter on 12 was wired by another clown! Better check with a proper electrician before going any further. Weather played ball and I had an enjoyable run for mid November knocking up 24.47 (didn’t fall off the cliff!)

Chemo week again, so blood work tomorrow and full chemo on  Wednesday after a discussion re pills and treatments.

Seems to be warming up, might get a quickie in before the bloodwork, then finish that meter project and a few more miles to finish, morning went well, just over 14 in a strong easterly, blood all done now time for the other miles then a look at the wiring in the pedestal. Topped out at 31.57 which gives 4876.98 so an easy few to get in the “Forty Niners”

Almost on the “49’niners” trail

The more you look the more the more you find, the Trump theory on the Coronavirus! Seems to be true on the Vanden Plas model as well.

Love the grilles

Just in case you forget

Another contestant near the top!

Chemo round 4 of the second dosage done, now better chop some firewood ready for the evening. No more Trumpty Dumpty pills for me or the follow up ones to combat nausea and sleeplessness. Of course in his case being up all night tweeting garbage around the globe with other hoaxes and election fraud nonsense makes no difference to tiredness. About time he showed a little moral fiber and conceded.

Thursday and the new sleep pill was very slow taking effect or perhaps the chemo poison was too strong for it. So far no nausea to report so should be able to knock those 23 miles on the nose and get over into the 49’s

Bit windy but temps getting up there! Not so rosey next week with daily temps only getting up around mid 40’s ! Looks like I’ll be logging next week.

Oops! over the top today!

Quantinewhile the intrepid cyclist donned the garb and was on his way collecting 26.10 for the mission and the first rung on the Forty Niners ladder at 4903.08 so I feel I can make the last 97 before winter shuts me down!

TONY DOWN

TURNING THE PAGE

Well 4644.30 in my case

The 2018 (Pre Cancer) total of 4644.30 came and went on 10/30 and now we wait to see how “far” we go before the weather shuts me down.

November kicks off at 4672.79 with two 35 mile days but then its chemo time again and although another 40.64 adds on the total on Thursday another bout of nausea returns followed by dehydration which knocks me sideways again and the first half of Saturday is not much better, but I’m pulling through after another session and Stage 17 of the Veulta  which has been great to watch and very exciting and hard fought throughout.

Great finish for Roglic, to lose 2 Grand Tours on the penultimate stage would have been too much. Well done to my local rider Seth Cuss who could have won some stages himself!

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 08: Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS – Grenadiers / Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo – Visma Red Leader Jersey / Hugh Carthy of The United Kingdom and Team EF Pro Cycling

We are now forecast for a load of winter storms and snowfall, no surprises here! Currently siting on 4784.49 for the year with hopes of cracking the MAGIC 5000 ?

Basket after basket of logs comes upstairs as the temperature plunges and grim weather forecasts fill the mail box. Not quite as bad as they said but very cold with a sharp wind and two days of fires to keep life pleasant.

Monday morning, 2″ on the balcony rail and forecast for another 3″ temp down at 28F. Not seeing much in the way of cycling and still having trouble getting any sleep! Seems one set of medication stops the other one from working.

A little sleep last night, which is better than none, but some nasty dizzy spells every time I rolled over. About another inch overnight and forecast not to get above freezing today.

Seven lost days already this month as we arrive at 11/12/20 and not much nicer today. Schools reclosed as Covid numbers spike everywhere and still people refuse to comply with the simplest of safety measures and WEAR A MASK.

Need to get into town today and get another battery for the Beemer in the hope that someone might make a real offer. A lot of stuff on Craig’s list and more to come, and E-bay as well. Should be time for some “Christmas Presents” with new trials suits, hunting garb and another load of skiing items.

Going on ebay a gorgeous Yamaha team jacket

The 1975 RAF ISDT team jacket

NEW XC-Ting riding outfits

Fruitless search of all dealers and not a battery that fits and prices in some cases over $300. Eventually find the same one on Amazon at $122 with free shipping!

The internet goes down as soon as I get home but its slightly warmer, so into full thermals and out we go with the intention of getting at least 10 miles rather than have nothing! By the 10 mile marker the cold is setting in, toes first, then fingers and nose but I know if I can push on to 16 then I will be through 4800 so the hard part is finally achieved and I’m home, coffee in hand, and a cheery blaze in the grate!

Through 4800 for the year

Fighting weather to get to the 5000!

TONY DOWN

 

REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIRST, THIRD & FIFTH OF NOV

As the rhyme tells us “remember, remember, the 5th of November etc” or Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night if you are a Brit. Well this year we have a few more memorable moments!!!

Today in the Mountains of Spain the Vuelta takes on Stage 12 which is a monstrous climb of the Angliru …… not something most people would choose to walk up!

Looks a bit like this if you are a cyclist with all its switchback turns

The last climb is the dreaded Angliru

ALTO-DE-L’ANGLIRU, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 01:

Everybody got their masks ?

Then we have our own USA “Gunpowder Treason and Plot” with the Election Saga where the Ego in Chief has pulled every shitty trick in the book leading up to the election and maybe some we don’t yet know about!

Yes, I’m referring to this Clown!

Remember, Book Early, Vote Early and please put an end to this power crazed loon! November 3rd

Let’s not forget to FALL BACK and it will be pitch black by 6 p.m.

Did you remember?

Almost there

Not sure how the UK will be dealing with “Guy Fawkes Night” with all the fireworks and bonfires amid a lockdown and pandemic?

Well at least it’s outside and 2 days after the US election 11/5

Today 11/3 we are hoping for a result which if nothing else will be the victory of truth over lies which are becoming impossible to deal with but the pathetic souls still believe him, but of course they are “very good people” even if they can’t spell or hold a gun correctly!

More incompleted crap from 2016

Of course he is Jeb

For your sake it better be a “left handed” model!!!

More “Very fine people”

I rest my case! education at an all time high! 

Perhaps the worst is yet to come with the Dictator demanding a result by nightfall. With all the crap over voter fraud and post in ballots, all created in his own mind, we know he will NOT GO QUIETLY!

While the Debacle continues, maybe for several days I will continue with the Chemo again this week.

Now on more pleasant tasks for me I’m still trying to mass together enough funds to acquire this one

It didn’t start out as No1 choice but I’ve somehow grown to like it more than some of its more colorful friends

But I really like it

With the Giant MTB sold that was a good start but then we had the “Cup Cake Bakery” Scam and the rub your nose in it very tempting check

If only it had been valid!

Well as I await news on the dear old Beemer which is still on Craig’s List and now on Auto Trader its time to sell off my last 2 shotguns which breaks my heart knowing that I will never be going pheasant shooting again which was always one of my chosen countryside sports. I’m sending them both down to Phoenix to South West Guns who sold off my last batch without too much hassle.

Top of the shop is my Beretta 627 EELL and perhaps the best fitting gun I have ever had. I bought it at a gun show in Phoenix about 2000 or 2001 and then sent it off to be multi-choked, cost at the time was around $5500 and I suppose if I can get $4000 I’ll be happy.

The perfect shotgun for me

Its actually a boxlock made to look like a sidelock

A very good looking gun

My No2 gun is a limited edition Heckler Koch Benelli Model 94, which is a pretty 5 shot automatic and I bought as a duck gun to go hunting  the same down in Argentina

Another good looker

Pretty, functional, and well built, but I think I might be in $1500-2000 bracket here even though it cost me around $3200

They both leave for Phoenix today so after yesterday’s bloodwork down to a local shop and buy a double gun case for the shipping, and they give me a cash deal which I think is worth it in view of the transit.

All packed up and ready to go

Having cleaned up my double bicycle rack which I subsequently discovered is made by Thule it was time to check it out, take all the required pictures and get that on Craig’s List

Neat and functional in the fold up position

Unobtrusive

Good design as you would expect from Thule

On the near side

On the back rack …… $220

Chemo Wednesday and pick up a NEW battery for the Beemer, no luck with this, but now time to start listing clothes on Craig’s List and EBay while the election blunders on with pundits on both sides claiming victory.

Friday11/5/Covid and Guy Fawkes Day/Night in the UK, lets see how well lockdown works? Still no election results, but getting ever closer, despite the despicable Clown’s attempts for recounts, stop the counting, lawyers trying even more shitty tricks to overturn results ….. it never ends and one has to ask the question why? You can’t insult everybody on a daily basis, belittle doctors and science, and blame everybody else for your ignorance and stupidity.

TONY DOWN