Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Apollo Moonlanding 50 years this week....

50 Years ago today the NASA Apollo 11 took off on coarse for the Moon, not for the first time had an Apollo mission took off, but this time 4 days later - 50 Years this Saturday On July 20th 1969 a human stepped out of a Lunar Module onto the moon...



The 3 astronauts; Neil Armstrong, Edwin `Buzz` Aldrin Jr and Michael Collins left earth on July 16th at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida USA in a Saturn V rocket...



Still to this day the  most powerful machine man has ever built, designed by German Wernher von Braun, an ex WW2 Rocket scientist. From designing rockets to kill he would design rockets to explore..
The rockets carried 3000 tons of Liquid Hydrogen fuel and burned  15 tons a second on take off, and produced 7,500,000 LBS of thrust from its first stage 5 engines which pushed the rocket to seven times the speed of sound,
At 38 miles high it was still accelerating,
It must have been mind blowing sitting on top of that thing...
After a 2nd seperation the Apollo 11 headed for the moon, as did Apollo 8 before it, except this mission was to descend to the surface.

With Collins in the Command Module Armstrong and Aldrin descend in the Luner Module (LM) to the Moon surface to touch down in The Sea of Tranquillity...


Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon, Millions of people all around the world watched in wonder...



History in the making...


There were  further Apollo missions to the Moon and a total of 12 different astronauts walked on the moon and 6 drove the lunar rover buggies...


They served a purpose but looked good fun too!..
There is so much info about the Moon Program to digest!, the Wikipedia Apollo program is a good read if interested..

It is amazing to think all the bases of the LMs,  flags, and rovers are all just sitting there as are Russian unmanned equipment from landings...
and all the footprints...

People believe man landed on the moon, some do not think so and it was forged. I`m not going into this and you have the freedom of choice to think what you want,

When they do return to the Moon, and they maybe will one day we will find out the truth,
Wonder who will get the first selfie on the Moon with the Earth behind?...



I`m glad i grew up to an amazing childhood of Lunar space stuff from Lego to Star Wars and there is definite proof of two wheeled lunar activity...


Hold on! that's a Surly fat tyre print on the moon!... so its true they do exist!  -:)

And here`s the proof....


SURLY Moonlander - Touchdown from coastkid71 on Vimeo.






Surly took the original first production Fatbike - the Pugsley. and created a bigger monster with 5" tyres on 100mm rims,  yet also with a good drive chain line and narrow rear hub, something devoid on all other 5" tyre fatbikes that use super wide 190mm wide hubs,  not what you want riding through rock gardens and ruts,

My Moonlander is still in attic lunar orbit docked, but will be brought down for a cycle across the sands to Holy Island along with another Surly Moonlander owned by friend Chris where we will toast the Moonlanding with some Lindesfarne Mead...


More soon...

Beep...


Monday, 15 July 2019

Cycle from the cafe...

As well as a good cycle, good food at a good cafe is always a bonus...




Alongside the river Tyne...




Chris washing out the front end-too much float!...




This is the John Muir Way, East Lothian`s premier trail, and look at the state of it all overgrown, this is shocking, imagine visitors expected to walk through this, esp after rain when it will be soaking?...


Smeaton Mill is always worth stopping for a look around...





And nearly home...


Wee film,  Song is `Cello Man` by Nick Drake


Cycle from the cafe... June 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...

Friday, 12 July 2019

Cycle to Tyninghame


Into Tyninghame woods and along the secret trail...


Chris making it look hard...








Wee film, Song is `Data Italia` by Legowalt


Cycle to Tyninghame; June 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



More soon...

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Cycle to Peffersands...



 Through the woods at Seacliff and along  to Peffersands....



Onto the coast...





Big shower mowing down the Forth and out into the North Sea....


Dodging the incoming tide...


Wee film, Song is `Forever` by Working For A Nuclear Free City


Cycle to Peffersands June 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

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Friday, 5 July 2019

Cycle to Seacliff...



Down to Seacliff...




And a reminder not to descend too fast when you cannot see far ahead as here with the trees blocking the view of two approaching horse riders...


The wee harbour was full with the incoming tide...


A couple of pics before returning to the estate road to continue...




Wee film, Song is `Rule 110` by Max Cooper


Cycle to Seacliff; June 2019 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...