Thursday, 13 May 2021

DCC Sunday MTB social cycle...

G and I joined the newly formed Dunbar Cycling Club. It has a growing membership of both Road cyclists and off-road cyclists. 


With G chairing the Mountainbike section for the first year to help get off road routes and rides rolling we have both been providing routes for Sunday social rides which others also take part in ushering the group having previously posted the routes prior to the weekend. With a no drop policy being a social cycle the speed is relaxed and cater for most folk who regularly cycle off-road,

Today was a foray into the Hillfoot trails on the edge of the Lammermuirs. It was nice to feel a bit warmer after 3 weeks of bitter onshore easterly winds, maybe, just maybe warmer weather is on the way!. It has been dry so a wet evening and days rain last week was needed for farm crops and gardens, not to mention wildlife....

Roll some pics from my handlebar mounted Go Pro...















The 23 mile loop started under a blue shy with patchy cloud but the cloud increased and we ended the ride cycling back to town in light showers, but it did not dampen the spirits of everyone who seemed to enjoy the route and were looking forward to more similar rides. I will post a ride this coming Sunday around my old haunts of a similar distance that is far enough for folk to enjoy...

Here is a wee film from the day, Song is `Fear Eile` by Peatbog Faeries, 


More soon...




 

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Cycling catch up...


Back to work last week after 5 months Furlough and back part time now working a 3 day week, Thursday finished and i parked up at Gullane and cycled out to the Reserve for a cycle around the WW2 Coastal defences, all the time watching a darkening cloud moving up into the wind across the Forth Estuary, it would pass over later delivering a cold heavy downpour for 10 minutes that would see me heading back to the van!, however it was good as it always is to get in a wee cycle however short it may be...

The lines of blocks here are well preserved and here is a good overhead film that good friend Phil made a few years ago...



On the ground they are still good to see and follow the paths around them...











I popped out here to uncover a Spigot Mortar mount I discovered around 10 years ago by accidentally tripping over it, I found another similar one at Ferny Ness at Gosford Bay, both I had never seen documented online before...



Grid reference NT 465 828,  I planned to do more filming after uncovering it but the heavens opened and I abandoned the ride and sped back to the van at the car park soaked!, warmer days are coming to to stuff like this!...


A small film, check out the threatening sky!, 
Song is `Farewell` by UNKLE


More soon...



























Friday, 7 May 2021

Hotchkiss Willys M201 Jeep; 6 month update; A walk around talk...


 

Thats nearly 6 months I have owned my Jeep, and clocked up around 1000km/600 miles, so thought time to do a walk around film of the Jeep and tell you some of this Jeeps history and what I have read up on the French made Jeeps which were rebuilt WW2 examples eventually with French made parts.

If you want to read more on Hotchkiss Jeeps you can start on the Wiki page here; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotchkiss_M201

Also have a look on M201.com;   http://www.m201.com


And lastly here are the key differences between the Willys/Ford/Hotchkiss Jeeps, small details; http://www.classicjeeps.co.uk/differences-between-jeeps/

And here; https://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/jeep/m201mb/m201mb1.htm

So you can see my Hotchkiss is indeed a French manufactured tub, chassis and axles etc...


Here is my walk around film...





Saturday, 1 May 2021

Hotchkiss Willys M201 Jeep Update;

 


Not done much in the last week Jeep wise, added a brew kit in the 50 Cal ammo box...

Alpkit Brew kit stove, two plastic cups, plastic spork, and bag of 2 in 1 instant coffees...


These bottles keep every thing tight and stop anything  rattling, I will keep them incase needed for the radiator and add cycling bottles in the dashboard holders if were going up the hills to park up for a picnic - that won't be until that freezing cold easterly disappears and the days warm up a bit!



I resprayed the silencer with matt black heat resistant paint and it looks a lot better...



And added a second Poppy to the rear bumper...


Another pack of 4 bottles of Redex Lead Additive arrived which will keep me going for a while...



I also got the spray cans out and an old Raleigh 1953 roadster got the army treatment having added a wartime black out headlamp I was recently given...




It needs an old rear rack so I can add some canvas bags I have...

While at it i resurrected an old bicycle pump refitting a new air tube and it too got the Olive drab treatment...



And a 1980 stamped Bulldog shovel I had previously fitted a new handle too, along with a pick axe...


All adds my collection of military and military themed items...

Today I sorted out the rear rails and hood and they are fitted properly now,




Parked down the harbour after a drive around town and I chatted with local residents who are fans of the Jeep and like seeing one being used instead of in a museum, it has a lot of friends a Jeep!,

And i was given some old items for my collection which I will need to research to find their age and country of origin,

An alloy water bottle and mess tin,



And an old glass water bottle in leather case, thought to be cavalry related,



before heading home I went a short drive this afternoon around the local back roads to do some film, Wee film, Song is `Exit` by Tangerine Dream



More soon...