Weight and Stuff Report – 8 September 2014

Weight: 213.7 pounds (15 stone 3.7 pounds, 96.9 kg)
Steps taken: Not sure, but over five miles.

A slight weight increase today, but never mind. You’ll also note a slight degree of ambiguity in the old  step count, caused by me forgetting to put my Fitbit back on after charging it yesterday.

Anyway, today, being my first proper day off after my slightly weary weekend, I had a Plan. Anyone playing close attention to my posts[1] will recall that I cancelled a semi-plan last just over a week ago due to a slight gap in the train timetables, and I was determined to carry out that plan today. This involved leaving home at the outrageously early hour of 9:15[2] to make sure I got to the station in time for a train at 10:05. Naturally, the bus didn’t arrive until about 9:35, but thanks to my generous padding, I got there in time. Err, that’s padding in terms of leaving plenty of time, rather than my waistline, which had no influence on the matter.

So, I go the train to Darlington, then had a short wait for the train to Bishop Auckland, which I last visited in March. This time Auckland Castle was nicely open for business, so that’s where I went first. More on that in another post, I think.

I had a good wander, which led me to see this friendly face:

Stanley Jefferson

Stanley Jefferson

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/680s
Focal length 116.1mm
ISO 400
Taken 13:04, 8 September, 2014
Location 54° 39.9202′ 0″ N 1° 40.3971′ 0″ W

You might recall[3] that Stan Laurel, whose original name was Jefferson, was born in Bishop Auckland.

I also saw this less friendly face:

Face

Face

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/420s
Focal length 98.6mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:56, 8 September, 2014
Location 54° 39.9748′ 0″ N 1° 40.3643′ 0″ W

And this splendid old bridge:

Skirlaw Bridge

Skirlaw Bridge

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/100s
Focal length 36.6mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:23, 8 September, 2014
Location 54° 40.046′ 0″ N 1° 40.9254′ 0″ W

Which gave me an excellent view of this viaduct, which used to carry railway lines, but is now a road bridge replacing the lovely but narrow Skirlaw Bridge.

Viaduct

Viaduct

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/250s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Taken 13:38, 8 September, 2014
Location 54° 40.0217′ 0″ N 1° 41.0128′ 0″ W

And that viaduct in turn gave me a lovely view of the Wear Valley:

Viaduct View

Viaduct View

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/110s
Focal length 20.8mm
ISO 400
Taken 13:19, 8 September, 2014
Location 54° 40.0429′ 0″ N 1° 40.9115′ 0″ W

More photos as tuits allow…

Oh, and in case you’d like to see where I went, this is an attempt at embedding the map from Garmin Connect[5]. It seems to work, but may load a bit slowly[6].

[1] I find it difficult to believe that anyone does, as most people have lives…
[2] On some days off, I’m just about ready to contemplate my second espresso of the morning at that time
[3] Especially if you’re either a native of Bishop Auckland, or are one of those people who not only read my nonsense, but remember it[4]
[4] Which is more than I generally do
[5] Garmim site populated by taking the log file from my iPhone geotagging app, giving it a little tweak and uploading.
[6] For a “glacial” value of slowly, that is