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by Ron
4 Apr 2021, 9:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Scottish Borders 20mph limit study
Replies: 50
Views: 1093

Re: Scottish Borders 20mph limit study

VinceLedge wrote: 23 Mar 2021, 10:56am20mph restrictions would be much more likely to be followed if they are in areas where there is reasonable walking and cycling levels likely, or where there is a particular risk area.
I can't agree that present walking and cycling levels should dictate future speed limit restrictions.
The numbers of people walking and cycling on many of our roads is presently constrained by the perceived and actual danger of fast motor traffic, even walking on narrow pavements beside traffic restricted to 40mph is not an enjoyable experience.
by Ron
8 Mar 2021, 11:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Obesity epidemic and our addiction to oil
Replies: 109
Views: 3257

Re: Obesity epidemic and our addiction to oil

al_yrpal wrote:I do not know what the answer is?Al

There are many, including home entertainment!
If you watch the tv programme 'Gogglebox' two or three times a year I'm convinced that you will observe a weight increase on quite a number of those taking part in the programme.
by Ron
8 Mar 2021, 11:20pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route
Replies: 33
Views: 2914

Re: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route

Jamesh wrote:Did I missed a good bakery.? That's it dear cannot do the summer holiday this year as I missed the bakery in the A9 so need to do lejog again! Cheers James

Yes you do miss the bakery going the low level route, but going by the higher level route you miss a small restaurant and a convenience store.
Take your choice!
by Ron
21 Jan 2021, 11:35am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Which navigation gadget or app for LEJOG?
Replies: 64
Views: 2916

Re: Which navigation gadget or app for LEJOG?

Jamesh wrote:Paper maps with Google maps backup!

:roll: :roll: :roll:

Cheers James

Delete.... Google maps back up, Insert.... Magnetic compass.
That worked for me!
by Ron
16 Sep 2020, 2:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Road condition - What can I do about this?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Road condition - What can I do about this?

fastpedaller wrote:. I'm of the opinion that Norfolk County Council just either don't understand (or don't want to) that putting chipping on this (and many other roads) traps seeds which then give the problem in the photo.

I suspect the Council are unclear as to the nature of the problem!
It's not clear what trapped seeds have to do with it, these don't appear to cause problems at other locations where surface dressings are applied.
If you are complaining about grass in the middle of the road, that is not usually a problem on single track roads. If you are complaining about flooding then why not take a photo of the road when flooded, with some indications of the depth of flooding?
by Ron
29 Jul 2020, 11:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG
Replies: 60
Views: 2377

Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Lilyf wrote:These are the steps that Ron has mentioned (a few posts earlier). They are dreadful.

Thanks Lilyf, I knew I'd seen a photo somewhere!
by Ron
29 Jul 2020, 11:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ideas to Consider for Prospective New Tourers
Replies: 29
Views: 15042

Re: Ideas to Consider for Prospective New Tourers

Oldjohnw wrote:
Ron wrote:I think I may have been fortunate to have started cycle touring before I had access to the internet.
Excellent! However did people manage?

In the spirit of the thread title I offer my own touring methodology for the consideration of New Tourers!
I managed to tour with very little forward planning other than booking hotel, trains and ferries for the outward journey to a UK ferry terminal.
I had a map of Europe on my kitchen wall and spent spare moments in winter weighing up the routes of previous tours and comparing the distance on the map with possible routes for the following summer until an idea for a tour formed in my mind. I didn't study sites like CGOAB, and did not read in any detail tour reports as seeing the photos and reading of the experiences of others would ruin the sense of adventure and pleasure of touring and 'discovering' these places for myself. I found it reassuring to carry a map of Europe in order to keep myself orientated and bought paper maps of larger scale as I travelled along. These kept me on course for the day, a method that had worked for me when an aborted tour of Cornwall morphed into a lejog and started me off on longer distance touring.
I enjoyed the flexibilty that minimal planning provided but realise this is not everyones cup of tea as I know some people like to know where they will lay their head at night before they get out of bed in the morning.
I never became seriously unstuck but once had to have police assistance to find my campsite after a day tour from my tent extended into the night. I bought a gps after that and recorded the position of my tent or hotel in order that I could make my own way back to base, but still could not bring myself to do any route planning or enter waypoints for the next day of touring.
Another thing the new tourer might consider could be the purchase of an A6 Notebook as a diary to record the trip, the characters you meet, places you stay, etc. The back of the book can be a handy rough note book memory aid etc. Reading the details in a tour diary can give pleasure long after much of the tour has been forgotten.
by Ron
29 Jul 2020, 2:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ideas to Consider for Prospective New Tourers
Replies: 29
Views: 15042

Re: Ideas to Consider for Prospective New Tourers

I think I may have been fortunate to have started cycle touring before I had access to the internet :D .
by Ron
29 Jul 2020, 1:46pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG
Replies: 60
Views: 2377

Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Looking at the Ardgay to Invershin section via Culrain. Whilst this routing is on an attractive tortuous single track road it also includes a flight of stairs at the railway bridge over the river.The alternative via Bonar Bridge is a little shorter and wider allowing good progress throughout, also there is a general store in Bonar which stocks snacks and drinks.
by Ron
16 May 2020, 6:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Getting fed up with abuse etc from some motorists.
Replies: 65
Views: 3331

Re: Getting fed up with abuse etc from some motorists.

I often have to walk on roads with no associated pavement and find driver attitude towards pedestrians is no better than it is to cylists. :(
by Ron
8 May 2020, 12:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Corona ride mishaps
Replies: 62
Views: 3173

Re: Corona ride mishaps

foxyrider wrote: has anyone actually had a mechanical (not a puncture) whilst out under restrictions, that couldn't be fixed with what they had with them? If so, how did you/they get home?

No problems experienced, so far :)
by Ron
17 Apr 2020, 8:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route
Replies: 33
Views: 2914

Re: Comments on our May 2020 LEJOG route

On Day 10 you are crossing the Kessock Bridge and turning left down a very steep hill then along the water front and up a slightly less steep hill to cross under the A9. You might consider instead of turning left after the bridge crossing continuing on the flat and level joint user path alongside the A9, until you come to the undercrossing of the A9. Apart from being less energy sapping, this routing takes you via a large layby with a good bakery where you can buy snacks, takeaway or sit in.
by Ron
14 Apr 2020, 12:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When will you tour again in the uk?
Replies: 95
Views: 4405

Re: When will you tour again in the uk?

James Up Hill wrote: It doesn't alter the fact that cycle touring is a form of exercise and therefore not prohibited by the regulations.

You have an astonishing ability to close your ears and eyes to all advice and information which you will not wish to comply with.
by Ron
12 Mar 2020, 11:23am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: OK - JOGLE September 2020 it is!
Replies: 39
Views: 3730

Re: OK - JOGLE September 2020 it is!

Day 3 The route you have chosen between Invershin and Ardgay is a pleasantly quiet rural road but requires you to carry your bike up a flight of steps at the railway bridge across the Shin. Going via Bonar Bridge is a more level route and carries a little more motor trafic but overall distances are similar. By the time you have reached Invershin you will have gauged the volume of motor traffic and can see the flight of steps on the south side of the river and can decide there and then which option to choose.
Between Tain and Nigg, you might consider dipping down to the villages of Hilton, Balintore and Shandwick, a little more interesting than bypassing these villages! There is a shop in Balintore and also an eating place at the harbour. There are no facilities at Nigg, just a bus shelter!
by Ron
5 Jan 2020, 4:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Must stay places for LEJOG
Replies: 18
Views: 1774

Re: Must stay places for LEJOG

FasterFerret wrote:The place was packed, but I was the only cyclist in there. Go figure! :?

Sounds like a friendly place if you felt free to ask everyone if they cycled :) .