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by rareposter
13 Oct 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Support vehicles and "rules".
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Support vehicles and "rules".

Once when driving up to John o Groates we came up behind and extremely slow van doing maybe 8 mph uphill. In due course we passed, to discover it was the "support vehicle" for a John-o-Groates lone cyclist. Seemingly the van had driven the whole way 10 yards behind the cyclist. Bizarre ! ...
by rareposter
5 Oct 2019, 4:23pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester
Replies: 6
Views: 2928

Re: Sustrans Lejog route advice for south Manchester

Why on earth would you ever choose to cycle through Manchester? It's actually not a bad option - depends of course what overall route you're taking, most people go further west and up via a corridor between about Runcorn and Partington but if you're going for a more easterly option, Manchester isn'...
by rareposter
11 Sep 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 98
Views: 31066

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

A thousand cyclist? That's a bit much for any community, maybe the organisers should cut back the numbers in order to present a more welcoming stance. It isn't 1000. They like to claim 1000 and they do the usual marketing thing of saying "limited places left, sign up now!" to try to persu...
by rareposter
4 Sep 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )
Replies: 98
Views: 31066

Re: Deloitte Ride Across Britain ( 2011 - ongoing )

Thread bump: If it makes any difference to anyone, the 2019 ride starts this Saturday (7th) from LE and finishes on Sunday 15th. You may wish to avoid bits of the route if you're on it, know people who'll be driving on it or whatever. Or you may wish to go out and see them pass through. But anyway -...
by rareposter
4 Sep 2019, 7:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 Dornoch to Wick
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: A9 Dornoch to Wick

Cos it's an absolutely horrific road. Takes all the heavy traffic up to the north east, it's narrow, often not the best surface, it's quite exposed and traffic often travels quite fast along it. Streetview of random section It's not bad as a driving road, I actually quite like coming back down there...
by rareposter
1 Sep 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: September weather?
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: September weather?

Maybe I've been lucky but all my LEJOGs have been in early September and I've done a fair bit of cycle touring in Scotland around that time too (outside of any LEJOGing) and while there's been a couple of bad days, I've had far more good weather than bad. First time I did LEJOG in 2012, we had about...
by rareposter
24 Aug 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?
Replies: 28
Views: 1574

Re: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?

My preferred option for touring has always been to have a route in mind with some options to accommodate being faster or slower than expected. Around lunchtime, work out where I'll be based on how fast I've been so far, how much more riding I actually want to do and therefore where I'll be at maybe ...
by rareposter
17 Aug 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe
Replies: 87
Views: 5243

Re: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe

I think my first thoughts were this seems a wrongheaded action by the council. Thinking about what was supposedly complained about, noisy cycling meets, I can see a potential problem. Having been in various outdoor activity groups over the last 20 plus years I am aware how noisy groups at meet up p...
by rareposter
13 Aug 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 62
Views: 4096

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

What can be learnt from the 'success' of the NC500? It is popular with cyclists AND with drivers! A similar promotion is planned further south in Scotland, Minus One I think I always found southern Scotland (or more particulaly, the Central Belt area) one of the most boring and depressing bits of t...
by rareposter
12 Aug 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 62
Views: 4096

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

I did some cycle touring up round there in 2016 - did some big days out around the west coast. The bits that were on NC500 were often quite busy (this was in September, I imagine it's worse in July / August) and it was often "convoys" - things like 3 or 4 MX5s, a couple of sports cars, a t...
by rareposter
11 Aug 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NC 500 altnaharra food
Replies: 24
Views: 1064

Re: NC 500 altnaharra food

a) Altnaharra isn't on the NC500 (although it is on LEJOG if you go straight up through the middle rather than via the awful A9) b) a group of 19 turning up at a small hotel literally in the middle of nowhere - I'd be happy to even get food, never mind a choice! I'd say the hotel is being entirely r...
by rareposter
6 Aug 2019, 4:06pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: plumby's JOGLE
Replies: 47
Views: 4408

Re: plumby's JOGLE

I met up with Plumby (Daniel) this morning in Romiley as I know the canal towpath isn't the easiest thing to find from there so we rode along that to Marple, along the "closed" Strines Road to New Mills and over the back way to Hayfield. Up the back lane out of there and over to Chapel - t...
by rareposter
5 Aug 2019, 7:49pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Whaley Bridge diversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Whaley Bridge diversion

Is it tomorrow that you're coming through WB Plumby? Any idea what time?
Not sure if I'll be around or not - getting to work is going to be tricky for me so I may just "work from home"... ;-)
by rareposter
4 Aug 2019, 10:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Whaley Bridge diversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Whaley Bridge diversion

At the moment, the road closures are quite "fluid" (no pun intended!) Some of them you can get a bike / person through but not a car. Some of them are going in at short notice to move heavy machinery around. Some of them are being lifted - sometimes for short periods to allow residents to ...
by rareposter
4 Aug 2019, 11:09am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Whaley Bridge diversion
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: Whaley Bridge diversion

I've come up with this hilly alternative! Can anyone suggest something better? Yes, my original route from Marple -> Marple Bridge -> Mellor -> Birch Vale -> Hayfield -> Chinley -> Chapel -> Dove Holes -> Buxton You might b able to get alog Strines Road (B6101) from Marple to New Mills. It's listed...