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|Friday, June 4th, 2010|
|Another screensaver day!
The third day of rolling screensavers - it's a bit like that, keep pedalling and the scenery slowly slides to a new view every mile!
Weather was very clammy today. Started off on Applecross road, - mat a gut coming back, and he estimated about a four hour run around the coast and over the top, and as I was unable to confirm any accomodation in the Torridon/Kinlochewe area, it would have been a bit of a risk - one to come back to one day!
Arrived at Torridon at 6pm, and found one spare place at the hostel ( Gairloch was an opton but another 30miles) - so stopping here after 60 miles for a relaxing evening and recharge ready for a longish haul to Ullapool tomorrow.
Don't think I can do pix on the SYHA Intersplanger!
|Thursday, June 3rd, 2010|
|Day of adventure!
What an amazing day! Ended up a real adventure.Spent a lot of time at Glen Ce, re-planning the route again, - now going up the West Coast again - weather is good and th opportunity is there, and I'm feeling stronger on the bike.
Spent a lot of time in library at Ft.William trying to upload photos, so didn't leave there until 2pm. Relaxed afternoon ride down through Glenfinnan for Coffee, and I rolled into Mallaig at 18:05. However the last ferry to Skye was at 18:00 - OOPS!
I started looking at B&B options but thought I'd see if I could blag my away across.
Found two lads with a motor launch but they didn't have enough fuel. Then I found a small transporter boat that was going up to Loch Nevis, and he said he would take me across for a moderate fee! Considering I would have had to get B&B anyway I went for it, and had a fun trip up Loch Nevis. I jumped off the boat here, and rode 8 miles across a fanatastic little deserted dead end road to Airmore, where Drew the skipper arranged to pick up in his fast boat.
It was a lumpy ride, but the scenery was stunning and as I descended to Airmore Drew was waiting in my exlusive motor launch, and soon we were powereing across to Skye at 26 knots.
Disembarking was fun, had to hang on to a rope to get the boat in, and as the tide was out, had to climb the harbour wall at Orendsie and then drag the bike out of the boat. All great fun, and then a 10 mile ride up to Broadford!
|Off to Skye!
good nights kip at Glen Coe.
Off to Skye - change of plan again!
|Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010|
|Marvellous Mountains and Glens
Fantastic Day - this is the point I knew I would miss if I packed in last week. felling stonger, and finding it easier, although 60 miles of headwind today didn't help.
Almost burnt the camera out at Rannoch Moor and GlenCoe, stunning lighting and NO MIDGES!!!
Got to YHA about half an hour ago, and there is a Beer Festival up the hill so a visit may be required!
Road surfaces were rubbish again today, although they are at last resurfacing bit's of the A82. Road was amazing quiet after lunchtime.
Couldn't get the Ferry across to Inverbeg to had to stick an extra ten miles in to get the the end of Loch Lomond at Balloch - exactly 80 miles to the hostel.
Fort William and Great Glen tomorrow.
|Tuesday, June 1st, 2010|
Had the first really good nights kip at Moffat last night.
A soggy morning, but nice tailwind and fast road to Lanark ( road surfaces absolute crap!)
Headed on through Carluke and Airdree- traffic not too bad on A73. Met John KM at Croy and road to Killearn along past Campsie Fell. Nice cup of tea and excellent bike-related natter at Wheelcraft - real bike shop! - at Clachen of Campsie.
|Sunday, May 30th, 2010|
|Legless in the Lakes
What a pig of a day!
Nice and sunny at Hebden Bridge to start off, wandered around the town. Headed of up though a beautifual village called Heptonstall and the had front wheel puncture.
Repaired it and carried on up hill that went on forever, eventually across to Widdup Reservoir, but there was a howling NW wind going, and I could barely make any headway. The severe gradients and headwind meant I took 2 hours to cover the 12 miles to Colne!
I battered on through Barnoldswick and Settle, but the wind was ferocious. I was at Kendal after the second puncture 9 Glass picked up at Hebden Bridge) with 60 miles done, and it was 6pm!!
Was going to look for B&B but had some food and felt better, so rattled the last 30 miles up to Keswick. Wind wasn't quite so bad there and beautiful scenery. Another 90 mile day - definitely not attemptng Lanark tomorrow, just going to head into Southern Scotland and see where I end up.
|Saturday, May 29th, 2010|
|Any Wich way.....
Phew - what a couple of days.
Yesterday was superb, a great day to be on the bike and the first day I felt quite good. The weather was perfect, broken sunshine and a cool breeze.
Went through Forest of Dean, Colebrooke, and on to Symonds Yat for a cup of coffee. Watched the Falcons zipping in and out of the nestholes, and left the RSPB boys very excited.
It was very heavy traffic arounf Hereford and very busy at Leominster, but Ludlow was quiet, and the lanes from there across to Bishops Castle were superb.Had a good meal and pint of Big Nev's at the Six Bells before heading off to Bridges hostel.
Today - left in light rain, superb lanes to Shrewsbury with fine views. Had coffee in Shrewsbury, and had a diabolical game trying to find the direct route through the town.
'A' roads to Whitchurch and Nantwich and Middlewich weren't bad, and managed to navigate through Wilmslow through to Cheadle, Stockport, Ashton Under Lyne, and on to Oldham and Todmoreden, where had a totally weird and freaky mechanical breakdown - something a bit 'Hebden' going on.
Now at Mama Weirdigans!
Probably Keswick tomorrow or a B&B somewhere if I don't get that far!
|Thursday, May 27th, 2010|
|Over the bridge...
A few milestones out of the way today. Slow progress against the wind through to Taunton.
At Axbridge I picked the "Strawberry Line" - beautiful through to Clevedon, but phenomenal side wind!
Eventually made it over the Avonmouth Bridge and Severn Bridge to Chepstow, and staying at friends Nik & Jennifer. Tucked in to Chinese takeaway - naughty but nice!
|Wednesday, May 26th, 2010|
Not a good day to day. Woke up rally early again, and struggled to get going. Still haven't fully cleared the cold and was feeling quit weak all the way to Camelford.
By Okehampton I was going to pack it in and cycle home to newton to reconsider what to do, but I stopped and had Fish'n'Chips, and decided to hack on to Crediton, and over Cadbury Hill to Bickleigh.
Now holed up in B&B at Tiverton. Euan rode with me until just past Bodmin. Definitely a wierd days cycling, but with 84 miles on the clock today fully laden I feel physically OK, - just wish I could get a good nights sleep!
Going to head straight up the A38 tomorrrow to the old Severn Bridge, - there's a chance I could get this ride back on schedule the day after tomorrow!
|Tuesday, May 25th, 2010|
Back at Ladock after a hot sticky day thumping down to Lands End without panniers ( joy! ).
94 miles and feeling shattered! Not sure what's happening tomorrow, just ride back into Devon and see how far I get - Street is definitely off the menu! :-(
|Day 2 dawns.
legs not too bad today after yesterdays hammering. Feel quite tired after waking really early!
Heading off for Helston via Truro shortly - slow ahead both engines.
|Monday, May 24th, 2010|
Hmmmm.....maybe 100+ miles in Kernow was a bit ambitious for day 1.
32 degrees didn't help. it all went a bit wonky around Looe!
Now comfortable at Ladock near Truro, Helston tomorrow, and a bit of route revision to do.
Only a few hours to set off time. Thanks to all who supported me already. We already have enough to get the first ShelterBox. Here's hoping the sun fades a bit tomorrow.
|Sunday, May 23rd, 2010|
|Saturday, May 22nd, 2010|
|Two days to go.
Two days to go - still trying to clear this head cold. Think it's going at last, just hope the heat from the weekend doesn't carry on into next week.
About to fit new gear cables.
|Thursday, May 20th, 2010|
4 days to go to the start of Brodie's Big British Bicycle Bash!
|Saturday, May 30th, 2009|
|The Fast Boys at Lands End, Day 9
The Fast Team have arrived, well done guys, excellent result.
They left Liskeard 9 ish, using the 390 to St. Austell, stopping for lunch at Truro, then using the back lanes to coffee stop opposite St Michaels Mount, then Penzance ( to be met by Anna, Lee,s girlfriend ) and on to Lands End; around 940 miles the trip.
Official photos were duly taken at the sign post with the ride motto " How Hard Can It Be ? ",.
They also met some club members who were camping in the area.
Weather today was cracking hot with quite a bit of wind, after Lands End the wind swung round to blow from the side which made a hard ride back to Penzance.
" How Hard Can It Be. "
This ride was designed and organised by John Cooper, which was deliberately set at the outer limits of his ability and the other members of the team were invited to join if they thought they could keep up !
A ride to the new forest was supposed to be a training ride but I think was a secret test.
How did it go ?
John Cooper was definitely the weakest rider as he somewhat expected, finding the last 2 days extremely hard, I asked how close this was to his limits of ability and he gave it 9.5 out of 10, but never close to giving up. ( I hate to think what kind of mess he would be in to force him to give up ! ).
Hopefully I can add the thoughts of the others later but for the moment;
John Beesley was rock solid, setting a fast steady pace for the whole event and great to sit behind.
Lee ( now to be known as "Sprinter Lee" ) was full of energy the whole time.
Malcom the punture king maintained a steadier pace and put in some solid navigational work.
John Cooper had done a lot of organising before the event and as always the organiser is in a difficult position and he is grateful to the rest of the team for their patience and good humour on the trip.
All in all, well done and a good result. Personal challenges set and met, what more could you ask for.
They ride back Sat and Sunday hopefully meeting some club members at Mortonhampstead on Sunday.
|Friday, May 29th, 2009|
|The Fast Boys at Liskeard, Day 8.
Leaving Bridgewater today and John Cooper was down for an early puncture, route was Taunton, Wellington, Cullumpton, lunch at Crediton, Oakhampton, Launceston and then B roads across to Liskeard. 100 miles today. Much to my surprise John Cooper was absolutely shattered on arriving at the hotel in Liskeard, when I queried this he explained that today was the hardest day they have had ; it is well known that end to enders have given up on entering Devon and Cornwall which I find inconceivable having come all that way and put in so much effort , still if the fast team have run up against their hardest day in their home territory it must be completely devastating for riders used to the flat, John says the route was littered with arrows ( those arrows on the map for hills ) .
Sergeant John was left behind on the hills again, a position I am well used to and seems to be exhausting in itself. John Beesley, Lee and Malcolm are going well although at the time of calling Malcolm was laid out flat waiting for his dinner.
Lands End tomorrow.