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...


Friday, 30 April 2021

Blackcastle Transmitter loop xc cycle...


We cycled a nice 22 mile loop up to Blackcastle Transmitter Mast today, We were doing a recce ride for a future MTB ride with the new Dunbar Cycling Club recently started that we both joined. 


It has been 6 months now since I moved in with G and love living here with everything I need on the doorstep, from car free shopping by bike, a local good bike shop, JMCP and Tyninghame for Fatbike rides, to the John Muir Way and river Tyne trails, then inland to the hillfoot trails, which lead up onto the Lammermuirs. 

There is a growing membership of the Club which already is catering for road and off-road cycling with bike rides from the town. A weekly MTB ride set at a social pace which we have both been helping get up and running by mapping and creating some off-road routes and also leading on to get the rides up and going and hopefully others will once they learn the routes take on leading them also. G`s `Dunbar On Yer Bike` Facebook` group will still be doing social bike rides and plenty of folk will float between either rides that suit them. Our plan to help organise the Club rides is so hopefully Club riders will volunteer to lead these pre planned routes once they learn them. If half a dozen riders do this then no one gets tied down to giving up their time every Sunday morning who also have other commitments.  

Todays ride that G marked up to recce will be the longest route yet combined with more climbing which when the weather is right - dry and not blowing  a gale makes for a lovely route. Risk assessment is  done before and after a planned route is ridden and changes then made where needed.  Routes try to mostly follow signed trails or Core Paths which are mapped by East Lothian Council which are clear to see on the ground in use and aspirational Core Paths which may be passable. Why we have been out doing recce rides as some that are Marked on Maps as Core and aspirational paths are not always passible as they are not being used by anyone. The idea is not to create some endurance test where folk are slogging over unused trails or carrying bikes etc, the less locked gates and styles the better as more riders are riding heavier to lift electric assist mountain bikes these days...


East out of town on the cycle route we rode to Dunglass  then onto a lovely Core Path to Oldhamstocks then the climbs towards the Mast that was slowly getting closer...








A tough climb up the service road to the mast, doable ok if you get into low gears and take your time, we chatted all the way up, that is what the pace of a social ride should be, and nearing the mast the reward is stunning views of the Shire...






Time to descend-mindful of fields are full of young lambs up here this now, so take it easy...












Lower down nearing the coast and back through Crop fields on open tracks we can increase the speed safely...




A fun route, though that east wind was a bit cold up on the hills!,

Wee film from today, Song is `Bitter Sweet Symphony` by The Verve



More soon...