Archive for the ‘driving’ Category

Summer Sun and Sunflowers

November 28, 2011

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As the weather descends into winter here in the UK my mind starts to wander to next year’s family holiday.

My children will be 14 and 11 and are keen to go surfing – Polzeath in Cornwall being their favourite spot so far.

Being a cyclist, I find the lanes of Cornwall a little hectic at times so whilst I can run on the coastal path or find quiet lanes to ride on my thoughts are leaning towards a holiday spent in Ste Catherine de Fierbois a few years ago where I spent many happy hours navigating the quiet roads amongst the sunflowers.

I’m sure Cornwall will win for August 2012, but I do have another thought – the 2012 Tour de France visits the North East coast and Boulogne, so perhaps I can squeeze in a Gallic trip to see how @markcavendish is warming up for the Olympic Road Race?

A shot in the arm for Tesla

May 19, 2009

Tesla Motors have received an investment from Daimler-Benz in exchange for 10% equity in the company.

A great vote of confidence for Tesla’s nascent technology and following my post about the Smart car trial, not too surprising.

Ford invests $550m in new Small Car Plant

May 6, 2009

Ford have announced today that they are investing $550m to transform their Michigan Truck Plant from one producing “traditional” American SUVs, to a flexible plant for manufacturing small cars.

The interesting part is that from 2011 the plant will churn out the battery electric Focus…..

Is 2011 the year electric goes mainstream?

Michigan Truck Plant

Autumn Colour (or Fall Color?)

October 20, 2008

One fine way to see the autumn leaves turn is from the saddle of a bicycle. Rolling for 469 miles through the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway would make for a great fall road riding route. Visit www.blueridgeparkway.org for maps and info.

Sometimes you just have to drive…..

October 18, 2008

I would love an electric car. Technology isn’t quite there yet, so they’re not practical for long journeys. My grand tourer of choice would be a Porsche 911, one of the most iconic cars in my view, although out of my league and a tad too thirsty to e driven without guilt.

However, there are electric cars that are starting to cut the mustard. Even some that are faster than a 911.

Have a look at the Treehugger post linked to above, and make up your own mind. They might be faster, but boy have they been hit with the ugly stick. The Shelby actually looks OK, but the much lauded Tesla and the Tango are fugly!

Trundl, but trundl in style I say. We need a balance, an equilibrium of technology and form (and economy!). When these arrive, I’ll be ready with my cheque book.

It may be time to head for the hills!

October 6, 2008

“Survivalism” isn’t something you hear about too much in the UK. The Americans have a vast expanse to lose yourself in. Where your stockpile of guns, tins and candles won’t be found.

When Capitalism fails and anarchy takes over (tomorrow maybe?), if you;re English you’d do better to hole up in Russia, or wildest British Columbia.

Why? Well, nowhere in the UK seems to be more than a brisk walk away from civilisation (used in the loosest possible sense for most provincial English towns!).

Not quite as remote as a Shetland Bod, but a good introduction to a remote area are the lodges at Cadair View (http://www.cadairviewlodge.co.uk/).

Family friendly, great for exploring, mountain biking, walking, or just being away from the rat race, “off grid”. Check out the photos on the website and give it a go!.

Cadair View Lodge

Cadair View Lodge

Trundlin town no.2 = Perpignan, France

October 1, 2008

Hot on the heels of Zurich as a good trundlin centre is Perpignan, minutes from the Mediterranean, a scant few miles from the Pyrenees.

The Languedoc-Roussillon area has unnumerable gems, all within¬† an hour’s drive, or a couple of hours’ cycle ride of Perpignan.

  • Colliourre, Castelnou for architectural history.
  • Argeles sur Mer or Saint Cyprien for gaudy Meditteranean resorts.
  • Canigou for a majestic entrance to the Pyrenees

Visti www.perpignan.fr, www.collioure.com or www.castelnou.com for more enticing glimpses of what the region has to offer.

The best city to live in, trundlin wise…..

September 19, 2008

Magazines frequently feature “list” articles, detailing “The 20 Best Towns for…..”.

I’m going to be no different, and will try to build a list of locations where it’s easy to live, within easy reach of some great leisure locations.

The easy option would be to list all the great holiday destinations! However my aim is to show how many great destinations are within easy reach of some major conurbations.

First up, and for no particulate reason, apart from the fact I spent some formative years there is Zurich, Switzerland.

Visit www.zuerich.com for a taster, and in a few days I’ll elaborate on what the area has to offer.

Update: Dec 2011 – This post has received thousands of hits over the last two years. Check back soon, for more detail on how to travel leisurely around Zurich and its environs.

Become a snail, carry your home with you.

August 20, 2008

The life of the open road, Route 66, Route 101, the A30.

A30? Yup. If you live in the UK, then hitting the A30 means you’re on a road trip, heading West. Cornwall.

What better way to do it than in a VW Camper.

You can buy a new/old one from about ¬£22,000 (Danbury) or if you’re not quite that committed then there are a number of rental agencies, from which you can hire a T2 Kombi for your surf trip.

Sevendegreeswest offer a comprehensive service and will have you trundlin on your way in no time. Visit their website for inspiration.