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by matt2matt2002
18 Apr 2018, 1:13pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Garmin eTrex 20
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Garmin eTrex 20

Ive had my Etrex20 for 2+ years. Used and abused it. Dropped many times. Gave me good service on the heat of Ethiopia last month. Ran for 2 days but wasn't using turn by turn. Battery saver on and screen turned down must have helped. Factory reset is a big move but given your lasvk.of progress, I'd ...
by matt2matt2002
15 Apr 2018, 9:13am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 7th and Final LEJOG
Replies: 41
Views: 5048

Re: 7th and Final LEJOG

Good point about ScotRail I wonder how many folk realise that they release s few extra cheap seats 3 months ahead. I paid £5 each way from Aberdeen to Edinburgh to kick off my Ethiopian tour last month. Flew out from Edinburgh. No rail card. Just cheap seats. Just need to keep checking the site. Not...
by matt2matt2002
6 Apr 2018, 10:02pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route advice for unsupported 4.5 day LEJOG
Replies: 12
Views: 1100

Re: Route advice for unsupported 4.5 day LEJOG

Interesting routes. I live in Aberdeen but often get to Inverness so like the route north from there.
May I ask what bike your are using?
And GPS unit?
by matt2matt2002
3 Apr 2018, 8:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Car Parking Ardrossan
Replies: 12
Views: 970

Re: Car Parking Ardrossan

I've been on Arran three times. Nice roads. Minimal traffic. Only big hill was in the north on the east side going towards the nice Youth Hostel at Lochranza.
by matt2matt2002
15 Mar 2018, 9:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another flying with a bike comment
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: Another flying with a bike comment

A recent report on Thorn Tree, had someone refused standard bike box in US on Etihad. They were flying to Nepal. He got someone to FedEx it to Nepal, it cost $1500. At least you knew beforehand that they charge although this wasn't clear from your first post. I can only re re reiterate to anyone el...
by matt2matt2002
14 Mar 2018, 9:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another flying with a bike comment
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Re: Another flying with a bike comment

Taking a print out of the airlines bike/ baggage policy is a common recommendation. The staff, and who they are employed by, is always going to be a huge variable. You either got robbed one way or got away with it the other I guess. Yes. I got away with it. The rules clearly stated that I should pa...
by matt2matt2002
14 Mar 2018, 8:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Another flying with a bike comment
Replies: 5
Views: 764

Another flying with a bike comment

Flew from Edinburgh to Addis Ababa via Istanbul with Turkish airlines last month. Bike boxed weighed 28 Kilo. Only carry on luggage. At Edinbugh I was not allowed to use my unused 40 Kilo luggage allowance for my bike. Paid £70 approx. Flying back, without asking, the check in lady said I wouldn't h...
by matt2matt2002
12 Mar 2018, 5:41am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Boxing a bike for air travel
Replies: 15
Views: 1344

Re: Boxing a bike for air travel

:arrow: I'm just about to box my bike here in Addis Ababa ready to fly back to Edinburgh via Istanbul. Using Turkish airlines. Used them x3 times before. Plenty of foam padding. Never deflated tires. Never been asked weight. £70 extra each way. Damaged forks once. Partly due to me not packing proper...
by matt2matt2002
5 Mar 2018, 8:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Re: Ethiopia

English spoken widely.
Local languages vary across the country.
But Caoi is goodbye do an Italian influence.
And Salam, for hello, had an Arabic ring.
And plenty of pasta/spaghetti - Italian influence again.
by matt2matt2002
28 Feb 2018, 12:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Re: Ethiopia

Sweep Yes. A different calendar by six years I believe and also a different time of day by six hours. Makes life err..... interesting at times. But such friendly folk. One down side is the abject poverty around. No one starving but not far off in some cases. Definitely a case if the haves and have n...
by matt2matt2002
27 Feb 2018, 5:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Re: Ethiopia

Italian influence for sure. Goodbye is Ciao and spaghetti is common here. I was fearful of stone throwing and persistent begging but both are minimal. So many good wishes, thumbs up and positive encouragement. Most of Ethiopia is higher than Ben Nevis so coupled with the hills and 80°+, it can be to...
by matt2matt2002
25 Feb 2018, 2:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Ethiopia

I'm half way through a 4 week tour in Ethiopia at the moment. If anyone wants any information or tips.

Great place. Good food and roads.
The mythical stone throwing children have not yet to appear.
by matt2matt2002
8 Feb 2018, 4:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: Touring Japan

Have you checked out crazy guy on a bike?
Usually lots of information there.
by matt2matt2002
2 Feb 2018, 9:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Balloch Aberfoyle Lochs to Drymen with winter camping.
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Balloch Aberfoyle Lochs to Drymen with winter camping.

Loch Chon brings back good memories. Not been there for 30 years so no information on camping but scenery spectacular.
I swam across it but I guess you'll skip that?

Latest Scottish Weather warning is interesting. But you'll be following that.
by matt2matt2002
29 Jan 2018, 11:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Best Hostels in the World
Replies: 17
Views: 852

Re: The Best Hostels in the World

robing wrote:The Gatliffe Hostels on the Outer Hebrides are hard to beat.


Second this recommendation.
Clean friendly and cheap. £15/ night I believe. I was there last May.