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by gloomyandy
11 Jul 2019, 11:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1107

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

I'm not sure there is a perfect tent (and almost certainly not sleeping bag) for that wide a range of conditions. For instance I've found my Terra Nova Voyager to be really good for my visits to Scotland (mainly the islands) where it has handled some truly scary high winds very well, but I'm not sur...
by gloomyandy
4 Jul 2019, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2425

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

[...] With four I can more easily get to things, [...] they are easier to get on and off the bike and [...] OK, I'll accept most of your arguments, but how can it ever be easier to remove four panniers and juggle them (usually upstairs on a ferry or in a hostel/hotel/accommodation, and it varies on...
by gloomyandy
4 Jul 2019, 4:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?
Replies: 74
Views: 2425

Re: Bikepacking bags versus rack and panniers: illusion or not?

Am I the only one that likes to have four panniers that are not really very full? I could fit everything I have into just the two rear bags (and have done so in the past), but they would be very tightly packed. With four I can more easily get to things, they are quicker to pack (as I'm not squeezing...
by gloomyandy
21 Jun 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses.
Replies: 18
Views: 867

Re: Way of the Roses.

Honestly I think the combination of doing it in two days and camping may not be a good one. Personally I'd take longer and enjoy the route and the overnight camping. If you do want to do it in two days I'd be inclined to ditch the tent etc. and travel lighter. But obviously up to you! I did the main...
by gloomyandy
19 Jun 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses.
Replies: 18
Views: 867

Re: Way of the Roses.

I rather enjoyed the bit through York, pot of tea in front of the Minster! Signage is generally pretty good, but I also had the Sustrans Map with me (which I thought was very good BTW). I don't think you have to go through the tunnels anymore there is an alternative bike path now (though I don't thi...
by gloomyandy
9 Jun 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

So just a quick update. In the end I used the Gills Bay (Pentland Ferry( route to get to Orkney and parked my car for just under two weeks there. No problems at all. Had a good trip and my planned route worked pretty well allowing me to visit all of the islands I'd got on my list. Of the places I st...
by gloomyandy
11 May 2019, 1:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Thanks for the Gills Bay update. I've spent a fair bit of time on Hoy in the past (and very much enjoyed it), Rousay is on my list along with N. Ronaldsay, Westray, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay and Eday! But mt head is currently spinning trying to make sense of the ferry timetables!
by gloomyandy
8 May 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

The JoG ferry does look good, but unfortunately the timetable does not work well for me as I will probably not arrive until early evening (and it May the last sailing is 16:30). It could be an option though if I can't find a place to park and end up travelling on the Monday instead. It is certainly ...
by gloomyandy
7 May 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

My current thinking is that it is likely that the car parking at Scrabster will probably fill up on Thursday/Friday/Saturday, but there is a fair chance that one or two cars will leave on the Sunday (folks needing to leave early) and I may get a spot. If not I will either go via one of the other fer...
by gloomyandy
6 May 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Oh and I guess the folk festival will mean that the car parks on the mainland are likely to be busy, possibly full which would be a pain. Perhaps arriving on the Monday might be a better option (I'm likely to be catching the late ferry over, which I think leaves at about 19:00). But even on the Sund...
by gloomyandy
6 May 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Ah bank holidays I'd not thought about that! I am planning on heading up there on Sunday 26th and was planning to camp near Kirkwall on the Sunday night. Do you think that is likely to be a problem? If need be I can probably wild camp somewhere. My main constraint is that I need to catch an "ex...
by gloomyandy
6 May 2019, 2:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

Hi thanks for info so far. If anyone else has any recent experience I'd love to hear of it. Currently thinking of going the Scrabster route as I've not been that way before and would rather like to have a different arrival to the islands. This trip is really all about visiting some of the islands I'...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Visiting Orkney, which ferry, best place to leave a car

I'm planning on visiting Orkney for around two weeks. Plan is to drive up and leave my car on the mainland and then spend a couple of weeks visiting some of the outlying islands. Not a lot of mileage, but the bike makes it easy to carry my camping gear and it is good to have to explore places. My ma...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 711
Views: 106646

Re: Cycle Travel question!

That seems quite likely (GPX is a pretty common format, TCX not so much). But I agree it is a pain. Not sure what you can do about it, perhaps try contacting google, I got in touch with them about problems with my google drive space, and they were actually very good, both in helping me fix the probl...
by gloomyandy
5 May 2019, 9:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 711
Views: 106646

Re: Cycle Travel question!

Quick heads up. For some reason Google has decided that the .tcx file download from cycle.travel is not a safe file and will not allow the download to a Chromebook (well to my Chromebook at least). I had to disable the website protection feature to allow me to do it. It seems to be only the .tcx fil...