Welcome to Rob's World, the (cheesily titled) homepage of Robin Rainton.

Given I'm mainly too lazy/busy (take your pick) to write a full 'blog very often there's now a Microblog which you'll also find on Facebook and Twitter, and maybe a few other places too.

Microblog... everyday ramblings interspersed with posts from trips and other activities.


First decent 'net connection on holiday so catching up with #TDF highlights from @CyclingCentral Tour Tracker. Great for after the race too!


Messing about at Col d'Aubisque. Pratiwi so excited to be back in France couldn't help herself around the bike! wink


Spanish breakfast. Lots of beautiful prosciutto & other meats, & some sweet cakes. Yum! Lucky we had that walk first!


Pre-breakfast walk around grounds of monastery (pictured) we're staying in. Don't get to say that very often!


Dinner at Monestir de Les Avellanes. Excuse my confused look. Long flight & bit of a drive. Plus the red was chilled! wink Welcome to Spain smile


Hike to Col/Lacs d'Ayous today. Stunningly beautiful 17km. Drove back to Laruns, ran into closest bar. Caught last 3.5km of TdF #PerfectDay


Tried to order small meal last night. Sounded like veggie soup. Giant bowl came. Like veggie stew... but ½ roast duck in there too! Oops wink


Don't you love how you can step into just about any bar in France around 5pm, order une pression & catch the end of a bike race. Cheers! wink


Were just in Hubert Arbes Cycles chatting to the owner. He rode TdF with Phil Anderson & The Badger in the 80s. Super nice guy & top store.


TdF moments you won't see on TV #3: Pro riders smiling directly at you to acknowledge your cheers & support... & your inflatable kangaroo wink

The below are collections of posts/images organised by trip or subject or other events. Click on the title or image to view each.

Europe Jul/Aug '14

Work in progress...

Kangaroo Valley, Easter '14

It's been so long since we got out of the 'city' (such as Sydney is) an Easter break was on the cards.

Pratiwi was missing the rolling green hills of Europe and Kangaroo Valley in Autumn is probably one of the closest places to Sydney to find that. Who was I to complain, as it's also one of the closer places with some half decent road climbs would be nice to test the legs and see if they still work on 500m+ climbs. Luckily all good in that department!

And also lucky: perfect weather all weekend and beautiful views from the cottage accommodation.

Smiles all round smile

England, Jan '13

This was the final leg of our European adventure. Winter in the UK can be fun, especially when you only have to endure a couple of weeks of it before flying off to a Sydney summer. Oh, and being dragged around various cosy city and country pubs by various long lost friends also helped wink

Good times... now... back to reality!

Final weeks in France, Dec '12/Jan '13

It's someone's birthday mid-January, so after the Christmas festivities our plan was to meander back up to the UK and be in London for that date.

But... what route to take? We really wanted to head back over to the Pyrenees and see what winter there was like so I guess that made the choice easy. A big 'L' shape across the bottom of France and then up the West coast-ish.

Even though we'd been lucky with snow in the Alps, seems like winter was late to Europe this year as the outdoors was still very enjoyable. We had some great, sunny, encounters with bird life, seeing large flocks of Flamingo in the Camargue then almost stumbling across a flock of vultures near Lescun - wonderful!

We also learned you can't go past a spot of hiking through the snow to a frozen waterfall, or, further North, lunch in an old village famed for it's wine. Lots of variety in this leg and as usual, it's all good! grin

Ski Three Valleys, Dec '12

Second winter of our European trip and things worked out pretty well on the skiing front.

It is a gamble booking a ski trip around xmas these days, but it's a special time for some and Pratiwi asked for a white Christmas, sooo... we ended up in Les Menuires. Who was I to argue? wink

After a thankfully very uneventful drive into the mountains (aside from getting slightly lost in the village at the very end) we found ourselves in a very nice catered chalet right on the piste. A few days of sunshine, a few of more perhaps not the best conditions, but hey... I got to practice my technique using 'the force' wink Yes, in some parts the white out was truly white, but days like those makes one appreciate the glorious sunshine all the more.

Long story short - another fantastic week in the snow, what more could you want?

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