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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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........ Louis Pasteur

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........ Ernest Hemingway

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daz says:

You made it! :D


12th Aug 2006, 17:43

Gael says:

Hey! Well done!

12th Aug 2006, 17:52

Dhamaka says:

aw gee...

thanks guys!

OK, here's my route. Just in case some wonderful, fantastic, gorgeous and divinely good looking person wants to tell me how far I've come..

starting more or less at Green Man Roundabout Leytonstone (London E10 I think)
to Woodford on the A104
the B1393 to Epping
Left on the B181 to Epping Green
I got a bit lost here and probably added a couple of miles (had to double back at two points)
Got a bit lost here again
St Margarets
Stanstead Abbots
then B180 to Hunsdon
B1004 to Much Hadham (I think)
Got very lost on the next bit and think I added about 10 miles to the 3-5 I should have done
then a little wobble
B1368 to Braughing
Hare Street (tea shoop here)
then A 10 to Cambridge
end more or less at Fen Ditton

12th Aug 2006, 18:00

Twiglet says:

I've really enjoyed your trip and you look so fresh too! Enjoy your evening.

12th Aug 2006, 18:16

ookiine says:


12th Aug 2006, 18:24

Geodyne says:

Thanks Hotdog - wow, that's amazing. Even more amazing, is that she looks so relaxed and refreshed when she got here!!!

She's in the bath atm, and will almost certainly come out looking like a new woman. I simply don't know how she does it.

12th Aug 2006, 18:31

nige says:

i hail you, D. unbelievable.

12th Aug 2006, 18:32

EVILMINK269 says:


Hiya MissD~that's ambition for ya, you go girl!

12th Aug 2006, 18:51

swamprose says:

I once volunteered as a Dhamaka roadie. have to take it back. no way I could bike thru rain and sleet, 80 miles, and look like that...kudos.

12th Aug 2006, 19:01

Spiderbaby says:

Glad you mentioned the tea shop - I was getting concerned for you. Very well done!

12th Aug 2006, 19:01

ouch says:

well done, I assume this is the LOndon - Cambridge ride.

Mrs Ouch and I did it years ago, I was on a borrowed ladies shopping bike, I am sure we borrowed it from Emma Freud or is thgat just auto suggestive rhyming slang...

Well done!

Well worth sitting in the pub for a while while the masses clog the trains.... (probably too late)

12th Aug 2006, 19:08

silar31 says:

Amazing, and you look so happy!

True confession: I never learned to ride a bike, I was always too ill as a child. So if I ever go over there to visit you all, bike trip is off the menu :-)

12th Aug 2006, 19:14

bronxelf says:

(holy crap I have no idea how she did that...) WOO HOO!! YAY!!!!

12th Aug 2006, 20:00

Dhamaka says:

b'elf - you're not the only one. Against the wind was killing..

Silar - you should, it's enormous fun!

Thank you Ouch, Spiderbaby and EvilMink

Swamprose - you're not getting off that easily, we can do less mileage and have fun taking more photos..

Nige - oh ye of litte faith..

12th Aug 2006, 20:09

my god woman!! well done!!!!

12th Aug 2006, 20:23

Dhamaka says:



12th Aug 2006, 20:24

Caine says:

HURRAY! Incredible, just incredible. You're really a superhero, aren't you?

12th Aug 2006, 21:20

Dhamaka says:


oh no, that's Thunderbirds...

12th Aug 2006, 22:26

Dhamaka says:

thank you Hotdog for calculating that

13th Aug 2006, 00:27

hildegard says:

Silar - there are some decent trikes around & they can be hired. Perfect for a ride through somewhere like Thetford Forest or a between a few Suffolk wool churches... Instant cycling, no bruises...

13th Aug 2006, 01:04

Dhamaka says:

Hotdog - thanks anyway, and I'm still surprised!

Hildegard - strange that you mention Thetford forest, we were discussing the possibility of going there last night!

13th Aug 2006, 07:53

Dhamaka says:

omg indeed Boet!

13th Aug 2006, 08:03

JokerXL says:

Mad lady!
I worked it out at 98.7km, one way, without your little detours, so about 60miles.
(See my blog)

13th Aug 2006, 12:59

Dhamaka says:

thank you Joker - on the way..

so with the detours (believe me some weren't so little) it works out pretty much the same as Hotdog's estimate

13th Aug 2006, 17:42

afternoon says:

Hooray! Well done, you really look the part too! :-)

I was thinking of doing the London-Cambridge ride this yeah, but ended up flaking for some reason which now escapes me. I did the London-Southend a few weeks ago which was about the same length and also pretty windy. I have more planned too, Richmond-Windsor in September and I'm extremely tempted to do a London-Cambridge-Norwich ride in October some time. We should start a moblogUK cycle team!

What bike do you have BTW?

14th Aug 2006, 14:23

Dhamaka says:

*bows and blushes

London Cambridge Norwich sounds brilliant - if I'm around can I come too (or should I say Cam I come too...)

The one I used for this is my sister-in-laws hybrid... name escapes me... same as Nige blogged when he came down to London for the day.

Normally I have a *very* old muddy fox mtb but it would have taken too long to ride that..

May be getting another in a month or so though :D

I was wondering if it might be possible to cycle through the UK and even over to the Netherlands and Germany visiting friendly mobloggers all the way...

14th Aug 2006, 17:02