Plane Pics! #AvGeek #JadedThunder

I’m more of a cycling geek rather than an aviation geek but living so close to RAF Leeming means I can see quite a lot of activity at the base, especially when they hold exercises such as Jaded Thunder.

From my study as I worked away hard I managed to snap a few pictures of aircraft that in the UK you don’t see on a daily basis.

First up – the A10 Thunderbolt II – or as you may know it – The Warthog.  I’ve loved these planes ever since I was a boy so to see them flying around your house on an exercise is amazing!


A-10 taxiing to the runway mid hailstorm


A-10 taking off from RAF Leeming

Next is a kind of helicopter / plane hybrid – the V-22 Osprey.  This is particularly impressive as it can take off and land vertically but once it’s airborne it’s very fast and rapid.


V-22 approaching RAF Leeming to land


The Osprey setting down

One thing we do see quite a lot of around here is a Chinook helicopter and I spotted one land today.  Not the greatest of photos but that plane it is landing behind might just be a C-32 which is a pretty big plane for Leeming.  There is a few tweets about it heading over from the US today but I’m not 100% sure if it is.  I will go and investigate later.


A Chinook landing behind what might be a C-32

I’ve been reliably told that today is the last day of flying but it’s been great while it lasted.

First foray into MTB

Saturday 7th November – my first proper go on a mountain bike.  I was bricking it as we were taking on the Dalby Forest Red Run which is meant for experienced riders.  I am not an experienced rider.

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Starting at Dixons Hollow, mainly to avoid a lot of climbing as we only had a few hours we cruised round and you know what?  It was brilliant.  I thought mountain biking would be dull but I really enjoyed it.  It will never take priority over my beloved road cycling but for a change it is most excellent.

Here is a video from the early parts of the trail:

Ride on!

No 57 The Stang (and No 51 Tan Hill) – 100 Greatest Climbs

I don’t normally do a blog post for every climb I do on the list but The Stang was a bit of an achievement.  It was the first one on the list that I have ridden from bottom to top without stopping.

Now you may not think this is that good but last year I was 2 stone heavier and would do anything to avoid hills and now I go actively looking for them.  I don’t know why but I do… I kind of enjoy the pain.


The first part of the climb was tough but then following a short downhill section it was just pretty steady, never really getting above 12% as I churned my way to the top.  But the best part about getting to the top is going down…

After that it was straight on to Tan Hill, a long 6 mile morning slog to the highest Inn in the British Isles.

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So that was two 100 Greatest Climbs, back to back, in a day.  No wonder I could barely make it up the little hills on the way back to Reeth.  Still, it was all worth it and now that’s 8 down, 92 to go.  Think I’ll try a few in West Yorkshire over the coming weeks, I’m keeping away from The Dales for a while!


Scotland & Northumberland

A few weeks ago we went to Scotland and Northumbria for the weekend – here are some of the better photos that I took:

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Eyemouth Beach


Eyemouth Pano


Berwick Pano


Bamburgh Castle

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Holy Island Causeway

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Another Holy Island Causeway

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Eyemouth Rocks

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Boat in Eyemouth Harbour

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Berwick Beach

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Berwick Beach and Cliffs

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Berwick from Pier Road

Cycling Screen Grabs – York Races 30/5/2015

It’s funny what you see when you are out and about cycling but sometimes you don’t manage to take it all in.

I didn’t have my camera on for long today but I did have it on as I passed York Racecourse as many a drunken punter was on their way to get even drunker.  This lovely bunch of women weren’t paying attention at all when crossing the road…

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As you can see they aren’t even looking up the road.  Before this screen grab was taken three taxis were tearing down the road – these women were oblivious.

Next up is a group of three lads and a lass walking with a shopping trolley (we aren’t near to any supermarkets) with what looked to be alcohol in it…

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As I passed I noticed the lass, at the back, only had one shoe on…

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Very strange.  I can only imagine they were going to the races to sit and drink all their beer in the sun, kind of a good idea haha.