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by matt2matt2002
28 Nov 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG 13/14 Days Routes
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

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: 586

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: 745

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: 613

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: 684

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: 508

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: 508

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: 684

Ultra distance cycling book

Anyone bought the above book by Simon Jobson?
Always looking for tips on improving my Cycling times and efficiency.
by matt2matt2002
28 Sep 2017, 8:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hebridean way ferry fares
Replies: 12
Views: 1195

Re: hebridean way ferry fares

Gatliff hostels
Check them out.
I used them on my Hebredian end to end in May.
Excellent value. Not bookable but usually no problems.

As has been mentioned, only problem could be cancelled ferries. I always have a plan B. (& C sometimes)
by matt2matt2002
24 Aug 2017, 5:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 33389

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter

This case does make me question the ever increasing "shared use" - cyclists and pedestrians sharing use of pavements (something Norfolk Highways seem to be going for in a big big way). Ok, one would not expect a cyclist on a shared use pavement to be going at 18 mph, but if the cyclists i...
by matt2matt2002
18 Aug 2017, 8:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling Across China (Shanghai to Kunming)
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Cycling Across China (Shanghai to Kunming)

Out of interest ( I'd love to bike there myself )
What is the visa situation?
3 months? Need to renew it? Where how how much?
How and how much to obtain one here to start your off?
Flying from UK?
Thanks
Matt
by matt2matt2002
14 Aug 2017, 10:40pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JogLe sight seeing
Replies: 24
Views: 2394

Re: JogLe sight seeing

There's a new bridge over the Forth.
Ben Nevis over crowded. So much so they are thinking of alternating the up and down days.
Ie, up on Mondays and down on Tuesdays etc.
Glencoe known locally as suicide valley for cyclists.
On the bright side, midges are minimal in May.
by matt2matt2002
11 Aug 2017, 6:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Megabus cheap train tickets?
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Megabus cheap train tickets?

Anyone familiar with Megabus bike policy?
I need the reach Edinburgh airport from Aberdeen.
The route/ times/ fare are on the site but nothing about taking a bike.
Thanks
Matt
by matt2matt2002
27 Jul 2017, 10:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Path/track on western side of Loch Ness. Info please
Replies: 31
Views: 1729

Re: Path/track on western side of Loch Ness. Info please

I've done Inverness /Fort William many times. Always down the East side and up the West side. Coming out of fort Augustus the East side hill is a killer so take my chances on the busier road on the West side. Last trip I tried the Great Glen way out of Fort Augustus and gave up after 5 miles. Too hi...
by matt2matt2002
27 Jul 2017, 8:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rest and be thankful A82
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: Rest and be thankful A82

I've been that way a few times.
6 years ago I had my chain break 4 mile's north of the Rest.
I pushed it over the hill and a bike mechanic at the Arrochar campsite fixed it for free.
And it was heavy rain all the way up and down.
Oh, such happy memories.