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by matt2matt2002
8 Feb 2018, 4:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 420

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: 627

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: 817

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.
by matt2matt2002
11 Jan 2018, 11:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you transport your bike to and from LEJOG?
Replies: 12
Views: 949

Re: How do you transport your bike to and from LEJOG?

Booking ahead certainly saves money. I've been planning my one month in Ethiopia for ages and managed to book the first leg of my tour for a fiver! I take the train down to Edinbugh from Inverurie. Overnight there while my bike is boxed and then on to the airport for Turkish airlines to Addis Ababa ...
by matt2matt2002
4 Jan 2018, 8:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle touring blogs?
Replies: 45
Views: 219480

Re: Cycle touring blogs?

I'll second crazyguy
Here's one of mine for Sri Lanka

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/welcometothejungle

I'm off to Ethiopia in February and the site has been a great help in planning the tour
by matt2matt2002
17 Dec 2017, 7:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of East Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: Tour of East Africa

I'm off to Ethiopia in Feb. Just 5 weeks. Planning to ride from Addis Ababa to Lake Tana. Are you going through the Bale mountains and over the Sanetti plateau? If not, I'd highly recommend it. Addis - Adama - Assela - Bekoji - Dinsho - Goba - Sanetti plateau then join the main-ish road again near ...
by matt2matt2002
16 Dec 2017, 7:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of East Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: Tour of East Africa

I'm off to Ethiopia in Feb. Just 5 weeks. Planning to ride from Addis Ababa to Lake Tana. I toured Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with 3 others for 2 months. Nice folk but the dynamics didn't work for me. Too many negative issues. Where and when to stop. What and when to eat/ sleep. Budgets, speeds, abil...
by matt2matt2002
28 Nov 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG 13/14 Days Routes
Replies: 12
Views: 2020

Re: LEJOG 13/14 Days Routes

dgibby wrote:The CTC YHA route is about 14 days
See my list of daily start and end destinations in the link https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=115877


Sorry. That link didn't work for me.
I'd be interested to see your route
by matt2matt2002
8 Nov 2017, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Orkney and Shetland
Replies: 9
Views: 688

Re: Orkney and Shetland

Just back from a week on Shetland Stayed at the Bods in Skeld, Voe and Mid Yell. My third time there and I'll be back next year Great place and folk. I go geocashing so had fun. Wind, as had been mentioned, can be a killer. Since the coastal roads often double back on themselves, it doesn't matter w...
by matt2matt2002
8 Oct 2017, 5:41pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A82 November road closure
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Re: A82 November road closure

Nice ride Mick F My old stamping ground Did you ever do that new road they built from Helensburgh to Arden? I think it was something to do with the nuclear warheads at Garelochead. A great area. Fond memories of the rest and be thankful pass. My chain broke north of Arrochur and so I had to push bik...
by matt2matt2002
2 Oct 2017, 6:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Next Cycle Tour
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: Next Cycle Tour

This afternoon I booked my flight with Turkish airlines from Edinburgh to Addis Ababa for next February. Just 4/5 weeks. Cycling north to Lake Tana, source of the Nile. ( One off the sources!) £450 return. Hotels/hostels+ food should be less than £20/day. Your Tour1 will be good. I covered much of t...
by matt2matt2002
1 Oct 2017, 5:12pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Ultra distance cycling book
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: Ultra distance cycling book

Not come across it but it seems to be aimed at those training for a specific type of cycling, is that what you want? If you haven't already read it, I can recommend the Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook, which has lots of practical information along with training plans for various goals. Is that the...
by matt2matt2002
1 Oct 2017, 5:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bods on Shetland
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Bods on Shetland

No, security doesn't worry me. But I'd like my bike inside due to variable weather. I squeezed it inside Windhouse bod. No-one else there at the time.
Not a deal breaker. Just interested to hear if anyone had stayed at either of the ones I mentioned.
I'll flip a coin if I hear nowt.
by matt2matt2002
30 Sep 2017, 10:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bods on Shetland
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Bods on Shetland

I've been to Shetland a few times and am planning my next trip for the last week of October. The Bods are still open and part of my tour will include either the Bod at Skeld or Walls/Voe House. Anyone stayed at either of them? Skeld looks small so wondering about bike storage. But that aside, any pr...
by matt2matt2002
29 Sep 2017, 8:22pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Ultra distance cycling book
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Ultra distance cycling book

Anyone bought the above book by Simon Jobson?
Always looking for tips on improving my Cycling times and efficiency.