Comment by Bob Moore on November 5, 2011 at 5:00pm
Heavy roller, eh? Would flatten out those irritating bumps but might take spin in the second innings.
Comment by Sir Garrwain de Ruisseau Vallée on November 5, 2011 at 9:59pm

 

Hi Bob. I should have taken the photo from a bit more to one side so the edge of the roll could be seen - it was a large roll of that recycled car tyre stuff they use for playground surfaces. It was at Taylor Square one day for reasons not explained, and was just begging for some kind of photo. It was amazing to ride on, sort of squishy and somehow silent, like being in an anechoic chamber.

Comment by Edward Re on November 6, 2011 at 6:44am
Nice photo Garry. It sounds wonderful to ride on, a nice change from skid inducing paint, and recycled too. Hope it all works well, seems like a fantastic idea.
Comment by Sir Garrwain de Ruisseau Vallée on November 6, 2011 at 10:51pm

 

Hi Edward. I was wondering where you'd got to and then suddenly, France!

Your blog is really great.

I'm reading (for the severalth time) a book called "The Man Who Loved Bicycles", written in the 70s by a self-confessed autophobe (Daniel Behrman). He relates stories of his urban bicycle adventures in Paris and New York, but I think he lived mostly in France. It might appeal to you. His main concern is in finding the remaining bits of hidden old-time urban nooks and crannies so his wife can photograph them before the cars and developers over-run everything. It might not sound like it but it is the kind of book you can live inside of, if you know what I mean.

Comment by Edward Re on November 7, 2011 at 5:52am

Hi Garry, glad someone's reading my blog!

That book sounds like a great read. In a new place, you really notice the traffic, the fly overs, the big car parks resulting from big demolitions, or cars simply eating public squares. Maybe the book would be depressing. I hope to get to Copenhagen, Holland and places where cars lost out a little bit.

Comment by Sir Garrwain de Ruisseau Vallée on November 7, 2011 at 8:49pm

 

Yes in a way the book is depressing, but there's a kind of sweet nostalgia for things past that is somehow addictive. Looking forward to your reports on Holland and Denmark.

Comment by Sir Neil d'Ardthelmon on November 7, 2011 at 9:00pm
Nah, b#gger Holls and Danemark. We all know there are lots of bikes there. More about la belle France, s'il vous plait.
Comment by Sir Garrwain de Ruisseau Vallée on November 7, 2011 at 9:34pm
Well given that he's living there I'm sure we'll get enough.
Comment by Edward Re on November 7, 2011 at 9:37pm
Oui, oui! Toute suite monsieur!
Comment by Sir Garrwain de Ruisseau Vallée on November 7, 2011 at 9:44pm

 

Actually that's not bad idea - write it in French, Neil will be extremely impressed.

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