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by keithg
9 Aug 2020, 8:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: NCN7 over Drumochter
Replies: 16
Views: 596

Re: NCN7 over Drumochter

V good to hear, I’m a local Sustrans volunteer and we have put a lot of work into this section over many years. It had deteriorated a lot in recent years but it’s a characterful ride even in bad weather.
by keithg
6 Aug 2020, 5:26pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: NCN7 over Drumochter
Replies: 16
Views: 596

Re: NCN7 over Drumochter

The southern section below the county boundary is shortly to be resurfaced soon too. It’s going to be a great bit of the network and traffic free. The bridge bollards are a necessary evil and prevent estate ATVs from using and wrecking the bike track surface which has happened in the past. I think t...
by keithg
30 Jun 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5242

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

“Reckoned at 5 hours or so. It took him 24 or more”
Frankly that says more about the individual than Sustrans. You really cannot claim this is typical, surely!
It speaks of his inexperience and naivety perhaps.
Touring in a foreign country needs common sense and/or experience, did he have either?
by keithg
30 Jun 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring food
Replies: 72
Views: 2453

Re: Touring food

You’re probably going to be shopping en route from small stores in places like Durness and Bettyhill where your choice will be a bit...er, restricted from a culinary point of view so that may well be the biggest factor in your meal choices. I’d take along small amounts of herbs and chilli to add fla...
by keithg
23 Jun 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG 14 Day Route
Replies: 21
Views: 959

Re: LEJOG 14 Day Route

Paulatic wrote:At Dunkeld is that route 77 coming out? I wonder what the current situation is with the surface there. I think I’ve read it can be MtB territory.


This bit of NCN77 just N of Dunkeld was resurfaced last year and is now VG, it’s also a very scenic stretch too.
by keithg
19 Nov 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone been to Durmitor NP in Montenegro?
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Anyone been to Durmitor NP in Montenegro?

Thanks for the link pq, it’s definitely worth a read, our trip in 2016 was quite similar and we too pushed our bikes through snow over the Cokor pass illegally crossing the border, memorable and hopefully never to be repeated. Sorry to hijack the thread but it’s a good description of the pleasures a...
by keithg
12 Nov 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anyone been to Durmitor NP in Montenegro?
Replies: 8
Views: 576

Re: Anyone been to Durmitor NP in Montenegro?

Went bike touring a couple of years ago to Durmitor, starting and finishing in Dubrovnik. We made the mistake of going in April and found many of the high mountain passes closed with snow, so that’s worth thinking about. It is a very hilly country (the clue is in the name!) with some great riding in...
by keithg
21 Sep 2019, 1:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 cycle path closure
Replies: 5
Views: 1294

Re: A9 cycle path closure

The route is now completely open and cyclable. There are a couple of bits of really excellent newly surfaced track totalling about 3 miles which has hugely improved the worst bits. Local Sustrans are trying to pressurise Bear, the road maintenance folk to repair the other sections on this stretch so...
by keithg
31 Aug 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling from Dunning to Kinross - Path of Condie
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Re: Cycling from Dunning to Kinross - Path of Condie

They’re both good rides on scenic country roads. My preference too would be the Tulloch Road.
Have fun.
by keithg
24 Jul 2019, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Recommendations Needed for Iverness to Edinburgh Route
Replies: 7
Views: 2582

Re: Recommendations Needed for Iverness to Edinburgh Route

Both routes via Sustrans NCN 7 and Dalwhinnie and the Braemar way are good choices. The latter has a couple of very impressive hills but is more scenic. You won’t go wrong with either. The former may have a section of track south of Dalwhinnie which is being resurfaced in August and will offer a sho...
by keithg
14 Jun 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 480

Re: Selected photos from my tour from Florence, Italy to Bern,Switzerland via the French Alps

Mmmm, very nice.
Enjoyed that mini virtual tour, done bits of it myself but it was great to revisit and armchair bike-tour, thanks.
K
by keithg
31 May 2019, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 71
Views: 6052

Re: Scotland north coast 500

I think Mark Beaumont’s route previously linked is an excellent idea and one I’ve done myself, missing out the JOG and Wick top left (NE) corner and using the A836 or A897. The former is a lovely road via Altnaharra in its own right. Going in May will produce (slightly) quieter roads and no or very ...
by keithg
13 May 2019, 5:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 Perth to Inverness
Replies: 3
Views: 2929

Re: A9 Perth to Inverness

The “special road status” for those not-in-the-know means (if it gets this), it will not automatically have open access to non-motorised vehicles like horses, pedestrians and, most relevantly cyclists. I’m not so sure, its a very long road and it would be unprecedented...I think, for such a long tru...
by keithg
9 May 2019, 5:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Croatia to Montenegro border
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Croatia to Montenegro border

We had a similar experience a couple of years ago where a border crossing marked on maps and signed from Albania into Montenegro was closed to foreigners and open to locals, meant a substantial detour and ride back. Something to do with a shortage of border officers. No one was very concerned except...