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by gloomyandy
23 Jun 2020, 10:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?
Replies: 179
Views: 5106

Re: Are you going camping when they open up on 4th July?

Perhaps the difference is how long you may spend in a campsite block? Having a shower, washing etc. is likely to be longer than using a public toilet, so you may be in closer contact with others in the block for longer? Just speculation on my part but I can see that there may be differences between ...
by gloomyandy
22 Jun 2020, 8:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scottish ferry news
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Scottish ferry news

Yes my interpretation would be it isn't law but please don't travel to the islands for recreation etc. A bit like the 5 mile travel limit (which I don't think ever made it into law in Scotland). I follow a number of island facebook group/pages and there is definitely still a certain amount of anxiet...
by gloomyandy
4 Jun 2020, 9:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: KISS
Replies: 42
Views: 1595

Re: KISS

No I think the DofE list probably includes the kitchen sink and possibly the bath as well... In fairness most of the DofE youngsters I see, seem to be mainly struggling with a huge basic sleeping bag that takes up more space than you would believe! I was never involved with DofE but I know lots of p...
by gloomyandy
12 May 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?
Replies: 80
Views: 3006

Re: What do the new rules mean for cycle touring?

Yes I'm seeing a few of those sorts of things now. "Please don't come here", then there are senior policemen telling people not to visit places like the Peak District. I'm really not sure what to think to be honest. I find it hard to believe that when the government made the decision to al...
by gloomyandy
11 May 2020, 9:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

Perhaps remote islands are a special case. They are in the very privileged position of having a moat that can keep them completely free of the virus as long as they have no physical contact with the outside world. If only the rest of us were that lucky. They may be remote, but they will still be ha...
by gloomyandy
11 May 2020, 7:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

I think is going to be a while yet before we are welcome...
http://www.hebrides-news.com/ferry-trav ... 11520.html
by gloomyandy
11 May 2020, 2:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can the YHA survive Covid?
Replies: 32
Views: 1481

Re: Can the YHA survive Covid?

I remember my hostel days with very fond memories, but have not used hostels for about 15 years. Sadly I have a very bad snoring problem and it's just not fair to inflict this on other people in a hostel! In my experience it has never stopped anyone else! But yes it will be interesting to see if fo...
by gloomyandy
11 May 2020, 12:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can the YHA survive Covid?
Replies: 32
Views: 1481

Re: Can the YHA survive Covid?

Yep I think it is going to be hard times for many hostels and bunkhouses (both YHA and private). I really can't see how places like my own favourites (the Gatliff trust hostels in the Hebrides) will be able to operate, they are small and pretty basic with no easy way to keep a distance between peopl...
by gloomyandy
8 May 2020, 4:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lighter Spa Touring build
Replies: 18
Views: 1475

Re: Lighter Spa Touring build

531colin wrote:There should be a steel fork option....same length and offset, so steering feel unchanged, with low-rider bosses.
Steering is deliberately fairly calm, so front panniers will be OK.


Thanks Colin!

pwa wrote:Do I detect purse strings weakening? :lol:


It is certainly very tempting!
by gloomyandy
8 May 2020, 9:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lighter Spa Touring build
Replies: 18
Views: 1475

Re: Lighter Spa Touring build

Can I slightly hijack this thread to ask about the Elan and using it with front panniers? I currently have a steel Croix De Fer and have happily toured on that with 4 panniers, but I've always rather fancied a Ti frame... I assume that standard Elan carbon forks are not really suitable, I seem to re...
by gloomyandy
7 May 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

It will be interesting to see what is said on Sunday, there have been lots of rumours! I noticed that Cumbria is still making requests that folks do not try and visit over the bank holiday weekend as it is a "virus hotspot". It will be interesting to see if Wales and Scotland will announce...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2020, 6:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

There is no justification for any restrictions apart from those set at a national level. Although I think this may generally be valid I think that there may be a case for places that have limited medical facilities AND poor communications (so in general we are probably talking about islands, perhap...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2020, 11:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

Yep Northumberland is certainly a wonderful place. We've stayed in that area a number of times in recent years and have ridden out over the causeway. I'm amazed that the permanent population is so low as it has always been so busy when we have visited! I guess places like this could well be an examp...
by gloomyandy
4 May 2020, 9:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

I would love it to be as early as July, but will be surprised if it is. I suspect that next year is more likely, but who knows! I guess with places like the various Scottish Islands a key element will be when the Scottish Government tells CalMac it can start "normal" sailings again (at the...
by gloomyandy
4 May 2020, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will we be welcome in remote locations?
Replies: 59
Views: 2149

Re: When will we be welcome in remote locations?

Yep money will certainly be one of the driving forces, but I wonder how that will stack up against social pressure in a small community? On a related subject I wonder how small hostels and bunkhouses will manage, if at all. I'm think particularly of one like the Gatliff trust hostels in the Hebrides...