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by althebike
15 Sep 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?
Replies: 28
Views: 1457

Re: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?

I stayed in Waterside house 3 Janet St Thurso.Owner is a keen cyclist. From the station, freewheel down the slope to the river, TL and it is a couple of minutes easy riding.If you plan to use Thurso, you get the opportunity to ride to JOG /Dunnett Head , back to Thurso and still have time and energy...
by althebike
10 Sep 2019, 12:41pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: accomodation without booking
Replies: 14
Views: 688

Re: accomodation without booking

https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk I considered this, but the ones I looked out were not so suitable for road bikes, needing a walk to get there, great if you are on mountain paths. If you are a camper these would be great, as you are already in this self sufficiency state of mind. Other than B&...
by althebike
9 Sep 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: The Scottish midge
Replies: 12
Views: 484

Re: The Scottish midge

I was chugging up this hill at the Bridge of Brown last year, slow enough for them to get me. All I could imagine was this swarm flying in one ear, out of the other, being inhaled and hoping they were enjoying their feast, and maybe get blood poisoning for biting an Englishman.
by althebike
4 Sep 2019, 10:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: accomodation without booking
Replies: 14
Views: 688

Re: accomodation without booking

It would mean planning a stop where there is a variety of bed options, if you stop in a small community and the few of places are full, then there is a problem. I would suggest that you plan to finish your ride earlier in the day than usual, so at least you have an option to get to somewhere else if...
by althebike
30 Aug 2019, 11:20am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LeJog on the NCN | Leaving in September | Is there ANYTHING else that I should know?
Replies: 39
Views: 5222

Re: LeJog on the NCN | Leaving in September | Is there ANYTHING else that I should know?

My Wahoo gps worked flawlessly, but I realised a huge oversight during my ride. If I had met a road closure I could have got into trouble, while I vaguely knew the route, I did not know many of the actual turns, and so a paper plan B would have been very sensible. Power packs can get heavy, so I dow...
by althebike
28 Aug 2019, 12:52pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?
Replies: 28
Views: 1457

Re: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?

Right at the start of my ride, I met an oncoming vehicle in a narrow street, and had to dismount.I had to quickly reassess my goal of riding it all. I met riders pushing their laden bikes into a headwind . If you need to walk, then walk, there is no shame in that. We ride to meet people, see places,...
by althebike
25 Aug 2019, 6:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?
Replies: 28
Views: 1457

Re: Very tentatively considering JOGLE 2020 - ideas?

last year I took the overnight sleeper London to Inverness, for £50. The train to Thurso was not expensive. I first days ride was an easy warm up ride to JOG and back to Thurso . I had a list of accommodation at about 25 mile intervals, at each lunch break I decided how much further I would ride, so...
by althebike
14 Aug 2019, 2:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?
Replies: 62
Views: 3807

Re: the North Coast 500: A Great Wilderness?

I appreciate that the prefix letter of a road does not dictate whether it is paved or not. The reason I mentioned it on my post was to avoid suggestions that would divert me from an A road, and on to a dirt or loose gravel track. Regarding the comments about the Altnarharra hotel. A landlady who liv...
by althebike
19 Jul 2019, 11:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6577

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

The last 3 garmins I owned have just left memories of constant shutdowns, u-turns, routing across ploughed fields and generally being more of a hindrance than help.I choose another brand now . With a GPS you can keep moving, have it warn you if you do take a wrong turn, and also supply lots of other...
by althebike
9 Jul 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why do drivers think this acceptable?
Replies: 60
Views: 9352

Re: Why do drivers think this acceptable?

tatanab sorry that was a typo, in both cases, I checked behind,signalled, moved into the right hand lane to do a right turn, and in both cases a car moved from the left hand lane to overtake me
by althebike
8 Jul 2019, 11:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why do drivers think this acceptable?
Replies: 60
Views: 9352

Re: Why do drivers think this acceptable?

Twice on a recent ride I indicated to turn left, checked behind, clear, moved to right hand side of lane, waiting for a gap, checked behind saw car waiting, I acknowledged the wait as a sort of thank you for your patience, only to be overtaken by said vehicle. It left me wondering of my thank you wa...
by althebike
8 Jul 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin or Wahoo ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1330

Re: Garmin or Wahoo ?

Sorry softlips, I just realised my typo
by althebike
8 Jul 2019, 11:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin or Wahoo ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1330

Re: Garmin or Wahoo ?

I agree with everything hotlips mentions. I moved from Garmin to Wahoo.The garmin had better displays, maps easier to read and so on, and the pair I had both worked brilliantly for a while ,then they did'nt. Wahoo does everything , long battery life and much more stability.
by althebike
7 Jul 2019, 9:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: James's 8 day lejog 28th June - 7th July.
Replies: 73
Views: 9999

Re: James's 8 day lejog 28th June - 7th July.

James, you mentioned the river brothy , has anyone any experience of lejog by brothy? I took a brief look when planning a route but the ones I saw looked far off the beated track.