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by keithg
28 Feb 2019, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling out of Edinburgh Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 1143

Re: Cycling out of Edinburgh Airport

I think he means abandoning an empty (disposable) cardboard bike box from a bike shop, pick up another one on departure, they are usually easy enough to get from a bike shop. There are several bag drop facilities in Edinburgh (cheapish) and one at the airport, I think, which is expensive. https://ww...
by keithg
18 Feb 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Albanian free camping facilities
Replies: 9
Views: 1748

Re: Albanian free camping facilities

I was in Albania last year and hardly saw any of these. Expected to see them all over the place but I think they’re either overgrown, or converted. There really didn’t seem to be any available for overnighting that I could see. Great country though. Campsites are few and far between in the countrys...
by keithg
12 Feb 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cardiff to Aviemore
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

Re: Cardiff to Aviemore

You could pick up NCN 7 near Galloway and follow it to Aviemore.
Can only speak for the Perthshire section which is well signposted on minor roads and traffic free bike tracks of variable quality.
The final section at Drumochter about 20 miles south of Aviemore has a broken but rideable surface.
by keithg
12 Feb 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Albanian free camping facilities
Replies: 9
Views: 1748

Re: Albanian free camping facilities

I was in Albania last year and hardly saw any of these. Expected to see them all over the place but I think they’re either overgrown, or converted. There really didn’t seem to be any available for overnighting that I could see. Great country though. Campsites are few and far between in the countrysi...
by keithg
31 Oct 2018, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone toured near Chamonix?
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Anyone toured near Chamonix?

There’s some very good riding to be had around Annecy with several good climbs (Col de la Forclaz among others) and nearby is Lac du Bourget which is better, quieter and prettier with even better riding, Col de Chat, Grand Colombier etc. Annecy and Aix les Bains have excelllent cycle paths for tootl...
by keithg
22 Oct 2018, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, died 1999

A quick Google on the name Mick Great batch & came up with this article from Castleford Tigers in 2010 featuring his daughter. That might give you someleads to follow up. Castleford Tigers Cheerleaders, ‘The Claws' will be taking part in the Starlight Walk fundraising event for the Prince of Wa...
by keithg
17 Oct 2018, 5:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle route from Crieff to Aviemore
Replies: 6
Views: 426

Re: Cycle route from Crieff to Aviemore

Turn left off the A822 and go over the Glen Quaich road to Kenmore. From Dalwhinnie, take the Glen Truim road and then back on A9 cycle path to Kingussie. Then B970 to Aviemore. The Glen Quaich (from Amulree to Kenmore) road is a belter, the most scenic road in the area by a long way. By scenic of ...
by keithg
29 Aug 2018, 4:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Info please: Road surface report for B7076/NCN74 and NCN7 over Dromochter
Replies: 10
Views: 2270

Re: Info please: Road surface report for B7076/NCN74 and NCN7 over Dromochter

I recently cycled south over Drumochter. I started out on NCN7 but switched over onto the A9. I switched over because the state of the NCN7 meant it was slow going. I was touring using a road bike with 28mm tyres. The NCN7 is rough but other than being slow, still OK with a road bike. I’ll second t...
by keithg
7 Aug 2018, 12:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, died 1999

Thanks for that.
I was hoping to have a direct contact initiated by one of the family before I start approaching folk “out of the blue”. Not because its easier, it just seemed a more sensitive way to go about things.
by keithg
6 Aug 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999
Replies: 7
Views: 953

The late Michael (Mick) Greatbatch, Cyclist on LE JoG, died 1999

Does anyone know of the contact details of the family of a cyclist called Mick Greatbatch? He has a small memorial at the side of the A9 on NCN 7 at Drumochter summit on the Perth/Inverness-shire border. This says he died in August 1999 cycling on a LEJoG. I’m one of the local Sustrans rangers for t...
by keithg
19 Jun 2018, 5:31pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: B846/B847 via Trinafour or NCN7 via Pitlochry ?
Replies: 4
Views: 515

Re: B846/B847 via Trinafour or NCN7 via Pitlochry ?

Your choice is a good shortcut. The Aberfeldy/Tummel Bridge/Trinafour/Dalnacardoch is a well tarmaced minor scenic road with some decent but manageable hills. There is nothing much facility wise north of Tummel Bridge where there is a cafe/shop. Its a long stretch to Dalwhinnie where the next coffee...
by keithg
28 Apr 2018, 1:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Inverness to Perth
Replies: 7
Views: 1200

Re: Cycling from Inverness to Perth

The Sustrans Route 7 essentially follows the route of the A9 as far Pitlochry, often using sections of the old A9, and other minor roads, you pass to the west of the Cairngorms, but there are several passes involving reasonable climbs, Drumochter being the highest at at 1500ft., only cycled most of...
by keithg
24 Mar 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Santander to Barcelona
Replies: 5
Views: 965

Re: Santander to Barcelona

I’ve ridden out of Barcelona airport too and it was a nightmare also.
You might want to think about how you’d get in and out of the airport area on a bike or use the shuttle bus or taxi if yoiu’re Planning to fly out of there.
Have fun.
by keithg
20 Dec 2017, 9:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping
Replies: 57
Views: 4183

Re: Tips for Carrabridge to Pitlochry + Winter Wild Camping

Yes, well done, you had a safe but memorable adventure and learned a lot too.
by keithg
18 Dec 2017, 5:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pisa to Barcelona - any route advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1224

Re: Pisa to Barcelona - any route advice

I found cycling out of Barcelona airport into town a pretty unnerving and unpleasant on busy dual carriageways.
You may want to pack up your bike in town and get the shuttle or a taxi to the airport.
Have fun, sounds like a great route.