I have to thank you for posting that. After reading earlier posts, I decided that would be a nice route to incorporate into my impending trip; I'd looked at a couple of bits on Streetview and it looked like a very rideable hard surface, and utterly scenic!Pete Owens wrote: ↑15 Oct 2021, 12:24pm ...
Imagine you are cycling south towards Gretna. You stop for a cake in Moffat to stoke up for the last 30 mile stretch. The weather looks like it might be closing in, but if you keep a move on you should be there in 2 1/2 hours or so. Then after a couple of miles you cross the M74 and pick up signs for route 74 you ride up a steep hill then find youself in a remote upland forest trying to make progress through this:
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After several hours struggle, with the Scottish rain now in full swing you emerge from the forest a few miles north of Dumfries; further away from your destination than when you started.
I shall stick with my standard strategy - proper tarmac, plus previously reccéd "cycle routes".