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by ambodach
27 May 2020, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 31
Views: 1016

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

I doubt very much that ferries to the Scottish islands would ban bicycles. Calmac cover themselves to some extent by saying that there could be a limit of 6 per sailing and that you should call in advance. I have never heard of any problems in this respect and there are sometimes quite large groups ...
by ambodach
23 May 2020, 9:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping & Caravanning Club: Priority for cyclists/walkers?
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Camping & Caravanning Club: Priority for cyclists/walkers?

The difficulty with certificated sites often is that they have no toilet facilities and campers are supposed to bring their own chemical toilets for which there are emptying facilities. Not all are like that as some do have facilities so careful checking is needed. Not handy on a bike or on foot. Th...
by ambodach
19 May 2020, 9:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?
Replies: 28
Views: 1405

Re: Are we going to become a country of cycle tourists?

Saw a quite comic sight at Shieldaig once. Small tent with great kerfuffle going on inside. Eventually two foraging sheep were evicted with some difficulty. This was a few years ago and it may not be the same now but then you could camp above the village and pay in an honesty box. The campers had ap...
by ambodach
15 May 2020, 8:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: Is £84 for a 20 yr.old Raleigh Amazon a good deal ?

I would go with the advice to change the tyres and regrease everything as any lub will have hardened by now.
by ambodach
6 May 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: VE Day
Replies: 89
Views: 2058

Re: VE Day

For anyone interested in the immediate aftermath of WW1 in Northern Europe I recommend a book "Riding in the Zone Rouge "by Tom Isitt. It is a combination of a personal tour by the author and an account of the first cycle race through the battlefields immediately after the end of the war. ...
by ambodach
6 May 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Will You be using the NHS app?
Replies: 88
Views: 2179

Re: Will You be using the NHS app?

Not only is my mobile very old and probably not very smart it spends most of it's time switched off. A lot of areas near where I live have no mobile coverage anyway. In fact a friend 2 miles away from me has no coverage as I have tried to use my phone sometimes when visiting.
by ambodach
5 May 2020, 7:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2102

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

It is generally accepted here that there can be no decisions taken until there is guidance from the Government regarding lifting restrictions. Mass gatherings of people as we tended to have massive numbers of people arriving at one time are regarded as a potential hazard. Several bus loads going to ...
by ambodach
5 May 2020, 2:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2102

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

I should add to my previous post that the main pressure to resume visits appears to be coming from holiday home owners who live elsewhere but who wish to resume their lettings. Some of this pressure is exacerbated by letting agencies who do not care about the local population and wish to resume thei...
by ambodach
5 May 2020, 1:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2102

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

I cannot speak for all the Scottish islands but Mull has been pretty well sealed off and not just a little. You require definite proof of reason to visit as well as photo ID and proof of residence to get on a ferry. Some have managed to get on the island somehow and they usually get a pretty prompt ...
by ambodach
2 May 2020, 6:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2291

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

I am in fact over 80 but currently use a trike as I am less likely to fall off so less likely to need the emergency services. My late wife referred to a good local care home that she went into from time to time to give me a bit of respite as " that hell hole" but agreed to go so long as it...
by ambodach
30 Apr 2020, 5:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?
Replies: 60
Views: 2291

Re: Is cycling for a 71 year old legal?

My understanding is that you are only required to remain indoors if you are ordered to do so for medical reasons. This would come from your GP practice I think. Otherwise do as everyone else does or is supposed to be doing anyway regarding trips outwith your dwelling.
by ambodach
25 Apr 2020, 1:40pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Blocked ears
Replies: 28
Views: 1151

Re: Blocked ears

I would be a bit nervous about using any diy syringe type thing as there is too much potential for damage. If we ever get out of this restricted scenario I will ask the hearing technician who gives me the once over every 6 months. Before any dewaxing by the practice nurse I use Almond Oil for at lea...
by ambodach
25 Apr 2020, 1:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Here is what I will miss the most this summer...
Replies: 15
Views: 860

Re: Here is what I will miss the most this summer...

I have always been a bit of a wanderer so already with the good weather getting very depressed at not being able to travel to new places or even visit previous haunts. Travelling locally from my house is getting boring. Not being exactly young either a very large slice of my active life is vanishing.
by ambodach
25 Apr 2020, 1:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not much changes
Replies: 33
Views: 1111

Re: Not much changes

My experience is similar to Reohn2. I had variety of commercial vehicles. Our old and slow T2 VW with nice big steel bumpers never had a problem. I contrast a new Bedford Rascal was bumped in the first week of ownership, scraped in a car park and then run into from behind when parked on a ferry. The...
by ambodach
22 Apr 2020, 12:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 850
Views: 20777

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

White flour is more versatile I think as you can add things to it without affecting the rise by much. I add medium oatmeal which for my use improves the texture as I find the white alone tends to be a bit fluffy. I have also added porridge oats as my local coop does not and will not stock oatmeal an...