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Ride up to Devils bridge this Sunday, all welcome, blow off the winter cobweb's, .

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i'll be there! (i wish)

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And you would be very welcome............I'd even stand you a Bacon Barm.......pay for your own coffee, it's expensive,

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freezing cold single digits here, snow forecast for next week......just thinking, reading, daydreaming about
riding offers some escape. This is surely a tough time of year.


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Not to bad here Duc, ice and snow to the north, ice and snow showers to the south, here in the middle, a touch of overnight frost but dry with daytime temp's up to 8C.

This weather won't last,going to make the most of it.

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freezing cold single digits here, snow forecast for next week......just thinking, reading, daydreaming about
riding offers some escape. This is surely a tough time of year.

No kidding. I'm in Western MA, and so far have had over 2ft of snow in the past week, another 10 inches predicted Sunday/Monday. Two snow-days in the first two weeks of classes, looking to hit three for three next week =_=

This is the back deck of my place:


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freezing cold single digits here, snow forecast for next week......just thinking, reading, daydreaming about
riding offers some escape. This is surely a tough time of year.

No kidding. I'm in Western MA, and so far have had over 2ft of snow in the past week, another 10 inches predicted Sunday/Monday. Two snow-days in the first two weeks of classes, looking to hit three for three next week =_=
LOL, We had a whole 1 inch of snow last week...AND...the normal 20min commute took me almost 2hrs. You've only got to "mention" snow here and the country grind's to a halt,

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freezing cold single digits here, snow forecast for next week......just thinking, reading, daydreaming about
riding offers some escape. This is surely a tough time of year.

No kidding. I'm in Western MA, and so far have had over 2ft of snow in the past week, another 10 inches predicted Sunday/Monday. Two snow-days in the first two weeks of classes, looking to hit three for three next week =_=

This is the back deck of my place:
lol snake that pic makes me want to jump off the balcony ..
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freezing cold single digits here, snow forecast for next week......just thinking, reading, daydreaming about
riding offers some escape. This is surely a tough time of year.

No kidding. I'm in Western MA, and so far have had over 2ft of snow in the past week, another 10 inches predicted Sunday/Monday. Two snow-days in the first two weeks of classes, looking to hit three for three next week =_=
LOL, We had a whole 1 inch of snow last week...AND...the normal 20min commute took me almost 2hrs. You've only got to "mention" snow here and the country grind's to a halt,
lol john your lucky iv not seen any snow here ...
and on the way back from yours the M6 was littered with AA RAC trucks and broken cars/vans lost count after 17 they went past in a blur
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freezing cold single digits here, snow forecast for next week......just thinking, reading, daydreaming about
riding offers some escape. This is surely a tough time of year.

No kidding. I'm in Western MA, and so far have had over 2ft of snow in the past week, another 10 inches predicted Sunday/Monday. Two snow-days in the first two weeks of classes, looking to hit three for three next week =_=
LOL, We had a whole 1 inch of snow last week...AND...the normal 20min commute took me almost 2hrs. You've only got to "mention" snow here and the country grind's to a halt,
lol john your lucky iv not seen any snow here ...
and on the way back from yours the M6 was littered with AA RAC trucks and broken cars/vans lost count after 17 they went past in a blur
Not sure what it is with that stretch of the M6 between Barton Bridge up to the M55 jctn, but it has more than it's fair share of breakdown's.


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I hope the weather improves for you tomorrow john .. I only went to skelmersdale and back all the roads were like ICE rings ( M6 had a 15 meter visibility from FOG ) ..
I had 3 pairs of gloves and after 5 mins I couldn't feel my hands so be careful tomorrow mate
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Just looked out the window,,,,yep,,,,bloody foggy, .

To be on the safe side, I'll have the heated liners in tomorrow as well as the Riecha glove's on, I'll be nice and toasty,

Tried those led lights in the dark last night...hell's bell's they "are" bright,


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Not a bad day, even though it was still foggy, temp stayed a bit low, 6C, liners made up for that, . Ended up at Grange-over-sands then home down the coast road.

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jon......if i may, couple of questions?

I googled mapped the area, there's a large harbor leading in to Wharton and Grange Over Sands, very interesting topography....are those large sand bars off shore? Is there a great distance between the water line high and low tides?

You're on the west, Irish sea side. Must be quite interesting history there as well.

Is there a road that follows around and along the entire harbor?

As you know, i'm on Long Island and have always preferred coastal destinations for rides....usually scenic. Sounds as if you prefer the same?

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These pic's are taken on the sea front at Fleetwood. The building on the horizon is Heysham Power station. You can see the height of the sand bars and the second pic shows how narrow the channel is for the Fleetwood to I O M ferry. The Morecambe Bay area is well known for the speed of it's tidal flow, and also it's abundance of quick sand's...it's a lethal place for the unwary.

In 04 there was a major incident in Morecambe bay,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Mo...kling_disaster

This is the tidal flow, the average height is 5 to 8 mtr, but can go up to 10mtr + at certain times of the year,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HMCK6wPg8E

If you look for Southport and follow the coast north toward Blackpool you will see the Ribble estuary, follow the ribble up into Preston and you will see that what once was a busy inland small port is now an industrial estate and docking arear for pleasure craft.

There isnt a road that stick's to the coast as such, but it is possible to stay pretty close using a combination of small, single track lanes.

I'm lucky in that I can ride some roads with beautiful scenery, and never be more than hour away from the coast. I like to mix and match my rides depending on the time of year, the seasons dictate where will be busy and where won't, so I try and plan to suit.

One place I do like to visit a lot is the village of Cartmel, has the best ice cream on the planet, no point calling today though,they will be shut until easter,
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Wow, that tide is moving ....fast. i'd see where you better keep track of tides while shell harvesting, as you say (and I read) lethal for the unwary.

That tide is almost tsunami-like.

I see the marina at the end of the Ribble estuary....i take it its only accessible at high tide?

Very interesting area, thanks jonh.




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As Jonh says it's a dangerous area - the cockling has been going on for hundreds of years, and continues. But only people who really know what they are doing survive very long. Over the years a lot of people with more self confidence than intelligence have paid the ultimate price.

There are a few bike destinations around the Bay. Grange over Sands, Knott End, and Haverigg (not strictly on the Bay, I'm sure Jonh has visited all these at one time or another). I used to go up there a lot when I lived on the west side of the Pennines.

Baxters of Morecambe Bay do the best potted shrimps, in nutmeg butter - delicious on hot toast. I'm salivating like Pavlov's dog as I type this.

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Wow, that tide is moving ....fast. i'd see where you better keep track of tides while shell harvesting, as you say (and I read) lethal for the unwary.

That tide is almost tsunami-like.

I see the marina at the end of the Ribble estuary....i take it its only accessible at high tide?

Very interesting area, thanks jonh.





Yeah Duc, only accessible at high tide, the river level has to rise to the level of the lock gates at the entrance to the dock.

I come from Westhoughton originaly, a small town to the east of Preston. My grandfather...on my mothers side...was a miner all his working life. In December 1910 his father and 2 older brothers were killed in the Pretoria Pit disaster. Every year until I joined the army, and every year since leaving, I attend the memorial service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretoria_Pit_disaster

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