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by matt2matt2002
17 Oct 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

Haha, love it...actually I agree with the guy, the women in Ethiopia are beautiful. Thorn Nomad with Rohloff my steed Raven Tour for me. Can't beat the Rohloff. And yes, they're not hard to look at. The ladies and the Thorns! Another experience I had was being invited to sit next to a young stunnin...
by matt2matt2002
17 Oct 2020, 7:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: UK to Cape Town is it viable?
Replies: 78
Views: 2535

Re: UK to Cape Town is it viable?

My 5/6 weeks in Ethiopia had 3 lockdowns/ state of emergencies. Fortunately matching my breaks. But it certainly made an interesting trip extra err... interesting. While I have a few mins.... I stopped at a roundabout to ask directions from a policeman. He confirmed the route and then asked me if I ...
by matt2matt2002
9 Oct 2020, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear light power supply.
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Rear light power supply.

I need a new rear light.
Looking at Cateye and they are either battery or USB
Never had USB before.
Pros and cons/ opinions please.

Yes, other brands available but question about power source.
Thanks
by matt2matt2002
3 Oct 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Van driver abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 1615

Re: Van driver abuse

I have a camera running the entire time I'm out, have done for about three years now. Considering the mindset of some drivers it gives me some comfort that I will have recourse if I do encounter a nutter. It always has about my last 4 hours riding. Out of curiosity was the driver old younger bigger...
by matt2matt2002
12 Sep 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA "post Covid"
Replies: 51
Views: 2022

Re: YHA "post Covid"

Have the YHA ever issued a statement describing their situation/policy/ future goals?
I know we are all in a terrible place and uncertainties surround us but....... If like to know their thoughts on their future. And not just a bland corporate statement.
by matt2matt2002
7 Sep 2020, 8:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Training for NC 500
Replies: 20
Views: 679

Re: Training for NC 500

I'm just back from doing a section of it, camping. I met prenty of folks going the whole way. Light set ups and B&Bs organized. Having accomodation arranged was an incentive to make the next section! Check out my blog. It covers Ullapool north to Lochiner. Stunning scenery. And some of the lesse...
by matt2matt2002
4 Sep 2020, 8:34am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsite Reviews (index)
Replies: 77
Views: 17966

Re: Campsite Reviews (index)

Just back from Clachtoll campsite.
North of Ullapool near Lochinvar.
Excellent facilities. Near the beach for midge beating breeze. Check out my blog for the tour.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Nort ... andAug2020
by matt2matt2002
3 Sep 2020, 11:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North East 250 Cycle route
Replies: 18
Views: 869

Re: North East 250 Cycle route

I'm just back from 6 days bike/ camping in that area.
Certainly went across the top part, from Inverurie near Aberdeen.
Then further north west around Ullapool.
But it may be of interest?
Check out:
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Nort ... andAug2020
by matt2matt2002
31 Aug 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 6-Day Inverness Loop
Replies: 17
Views: 929

Re: 6-Day Inverness Loop

I'm just back from 6 days on the West coast. I passed through Inverness coming and going from my home near Aberdeen. Checkout my blog on crazy guy: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/NorthWestScotlandAug2020 Top tip. Bring a midge net hat/ head covering. Have long sleeve top, leg coverings and glove...
by matt2matt2002
26 Aug 2020, 7:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 43
Views: 1839

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

Sicily looks nice around then. Sure Conrad on here has some write ups of doing at that time. ... indeed looking ahead for doing something like that. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wY00phTsNak/XxtCgyZsNBI/AAAAAAAAdxE/s9s1jX35sOkY7801pLjxoo6uasZT3aF7ACLcBGAsYHQ/s400/Grafica1.jpg I'm interested. Fly in, f...
by matt2matt2002
22 Aug 2020, 12:19pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MIDGE-AGEDDON!
Replies: 13
Views: 544

Re: MIDGE-AGEDDON!

And it's only the females that bite.
If ever the chaps get a taste for us, we're doomed!
by matt2matt2002
21 Aug 2020, 11:50am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MIDGE-AGEDDON!
Replies: 13
Views: 544

Re: MIDGE-AGEDDON!

mercalia wrote:why is it we dont see the same in England esp the south where it gets warm? do they just like Scotish meat?


Interesting point.
Re rainfall, yes, quite a bit up here in Scotlandshire.
But are the little blighters in Wales? Almost as much rain there.
by matt2matt2002
19 Aug 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?
Replies: 25
Views: 1356

Re: How Are UK Campsites Since Re-opening on 4th July?

Popped up to Lochinver near Ullapool last week. Lovely campsite at Clachtoll.
Space for me and another N500 bike rider.
Busy with big family tents but cozy.
by matt2matt2002
15 Aug 2020, 10:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A tent for Scotland : August : bikepacking : 2 man/lightweight
Replies: 25
Views: 1135

Re: Tent help!

Buy cheap, buy twice. But then if you're only going once. Buy cheap.
MSR Hubba Hubba NX2 for me.
Not cheap. I camp a lot.
by matt2matt2002
13 Aug 2020, 8:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 91
Views: 2803

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Cowsham wrote:
matt2matt2002 wrote:Having just returned from a week bike/ camp/ touring north of Ullapool, a midge net is essential.


Midges a way up thauner ?


Sure were. 2 nights out of 7 extra bad. Managed 2 nights by the coast where there was a breeze & that was good.