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.


11 hours for handful of seconds inches from cycling stardom. Plenty of fun in the crowd. Never dull. Didn't feel like day of waiting at all!


Beautiful hike up above Lac du Tech this morning. 7° in the shade there, but soon warmed up. Home now. Beer. TdF on Fr3. What's not to love?


Hautacam climb at 3 days to go. Sorry for bad picture, don't have my big lens & is from bedroom window of our gite grin


24 hour flight, couple of hours driving. Now at hotel sipping San Miguel & watching last 10km of today's stage. #PerfectTiming #TDF #Beer grin


I asked as thought it must be a mistake, but no: this airport EUR rate a rip-off 20% lower than the interbank 69.2c!


We're on holidaaaaaaay! grin


Pratiwi on my 13yo bag: "If you left it on the street no one would take it" Sounds like the perfect luggage to me! grin


Think most of the damage to this zip is from 9 weeks on a Fiji beach. Sydney air doesn't help though! #WhyTheyFitTwo


Just received copy of hospital bill (luckily already paid by insurance). Shows there's now $930 worth of titanium in my left arm. Ouch grin wink


Having an impromptu walking tour of Sydney for some visitors. Oops... I seem to have inadvertently lead them here 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.

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?

Luberon & Surrounds, Nov/Dec '12

Well... I'm not sure if this is all entirely the Luberon, but that's what we're calling this segment of the trip, so... wink

After what was probably the last of the summer down on the coast, the time had come to return inland and see if we could cope with the winter conditions and add to our experience of Provence by exploring this more Southern Part. The timing was also chosen to kill a few weeks before (hopefully) returning to the Alps for a spot of skiing.

The question seemed to be answered that early in the season, in this part of France, it's chilly, but not unbearably so. Nice!

A word of warning though: you'd think Something-les-Bains would be a top choice for a winter's break. Thermal spa to enjoy and all that? Hmmmm... not so. We were very disappointed that all these spas seemed to be for medical purposes only. No tourists allowed to come and poach themselves in the steaming waters. Doh! sad

We had wanted to visit the Gorge du Verdon in summer but this just didn't happen, so was very glad to drive thought there a few times in this stint. It has to be said that this really is the highlight of the region. Amazing even in the dim light of a winter's day - surely a walk in the gorge will be a 'must do' experience on a balmy summer's day? Or a bicycle ride along the rim of course! grin

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