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.

12:38

Meant to be hot today, but sat in shade & gentle breeze feel fine. Thermometer on shady porch nearby reads 34° Meh! #UsedToAussieSummers wink

10:47

Back in the Black Forest, one of my fave cycling spots from our 2012 trip. Just as awesome as I recall & took some PRs. Still got it! wink tongue

16:55

Short afternoon stroll around Diest. Chose to stay completely at random but turned out to be very pleasant. Lucky! smile

10:50

Eltz castle, hiding in the hills. Walking down to it has one pondering how many came before in it's 850 year history.

14:15

Short stroll up the hill above Cochem yields a great view smile

13:05

Currywurst for lunch. It's only sausage & chips covered in spicy (not by our standards, mind) ketchup but still yum!

12:45

Sightseeing in Cochem. Beautiful little village in the heart of the Mosel.

15:51

No pics of ride today. A couple of the aftermath then wink Think I broke distance & climbing records this week. Yay! grin

18:05

Messing about by the river wink Evening walk along the Mosel from a small weingut we are staying at in Ediger-Eller.

18:20

By evening we find ourselves by the banks of the Mosel. Suddenly vineyards & pretty little villages everywhere.


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

France, etc - Summer '15

Work in progress...

Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Luxembourg - Spring '15

Work in progress...

Thailand & Indonesia, March '15

This trip was billed as a few weeks of tropical relaxation before heading off on a longer adventure. However, it had a metamorphosis in the middle into couple weeks of adventure itself and at times things were anything but tropical!

Big thanks to our Indonesian family members for arranging basically all of that adventure through Java. What an amazing time!

The Thai part of this was pretty much as can be expected. Although I have to say - was not that impressed by Thailand from a tourist point of view. We visited Kamala, Karon, Phuket City & Thalang. Nice enough I guess, but not half as nice as Indonesia wink

Moving on then... after meeting family in Jakarta the fun (or is that madness?!) really started. Lots of catching up meant lots & lots of eating, and you'd be forgiven for thinking this was just a food safari at points!

Drive through Java to Bandung, fly to Surabaya, overland bus to Mt Bromo, Malang & Batu. Train Surabaya to Yogyakarta which was just stunning with it's selection of temples.

A few of us parted ways at this point and some headed to Bali for a well earned (yeah - right! wink) 10 days or so to unwind.

Phew!

Tour de France 2014 - Stage 18

It's not like we planned it this way, but one cannot visit France while Le Tour is on and not got and see a stage. Unlike 2012 this was a short trip though, so just the one stage this year.

However, the chosen stage was the final foray into the mountains for the race and we managed to position ourselves on the final HC climb. Usually one would take a bike and ride up the final climb before finding a spot to watch. Due to injury this wasn't an option, but we found a great spot on the first decent kick of the climb a couple kilometres from the left turn to Hautacam. And sat. And waited.

In previous years I've enjoyed taking 'serious' pictures at races but again, due to only the single stage this year, decided to stick to 'fun' pictures that tried to capture the atmosphere. Hopefully that comes over.

As the race came by I stuck a fisheye lens on the camera and held it in my uphill hand with one finger on the shutter. Yes, this produced a lot of rubbish, but it also got a few good shots and importantly it meant I could watch all the action up close without being stuck behind a viewfinder.

The most interesting thing about the whole day was that you'd think this would feel like hours of waiting - but not at all. So much happening, people to chat to and things to see. Even with the 2-4km walk up and back it's highly recommended... but next time we'll be on a bike for sure!

Europe Jul/Aug '14

We weren't really planning on having a European holiday this year, but circumstances conspired against us. So... erm... who were we to argue? smile

This was only three weeks, but we squeezed in some of our favourite places in the French Pyrenees (including a stage of Le Tour of course), before finding some new favourites to add!

Then over to the Ariege, on to England where we almost saw some blue skies (yes - in the 'summer' even!) before back to France, Andorra (a bit quiet but Vall d'Incles - wow!) and finally a couple of nights in Barcelona.

Phew!


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