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by tbessie
5 May 2017, 7:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Re: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

I'm just back from a south to north Hebridean Way trip. Ferry from Oban to Castlebay then Stornoway to Ullapool. Plenty of hostels. Flat in south. Couple of big hills on Harris. Nice scenery/ beaches. Huh, interesting - do you think that would be more interesting (and faster, perhaps?) than the rou...
by tbessie
4 May 2017, 10:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...
Replies: 18
Views: 11331

Best route across Scotland? Not in a rush...

Hi all... Last year I intended on doing a LEJOG, at a relaxed pace. My pace was so relaxed, however, that after 3 weeks I was only at Edinburgh. ;-) This year I'm going to continue the trip; when I had got to Lancaster last year, I had intended on going through the Lakes, but it was a bank holiday a...
by tbessie
19 Jun 2016, 2:39pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...
Replies: 26
Views: 17432

Re: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...

Glad you made it Tim. IIRC that's the end of your trip. Do try to let us know which where your best bits. I for one would be quite interested in a non native impression of the Green and Pleasant :D PS. I suspect you'll get away with the traffic thing, but if you do hear anymore of it, just leave th...
by tbessie
19 Jun 2016, 2:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: My (truncated) LEJOG - thoughts, comments, etc.
Replies: 0
Views: 3245

My (truncated) LEJOG - thoughts, comments, etc.

I was asked by @DaveP to post my thoughts and impressions from my (truncated - got to Edinburgh before my time ran out) LEJOG this year. Glad you made it Tim. IIRC that's the end of your trip. Do try to let us know which where your best bits. I for one would be quite interested in a non native impre...
by tbessie
14 Jun 2016, 12:14am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...
Replies: 26
Views: 17432

Re: RE: Re: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...

Glad you made it safely, and in one piece! Almost all the drivers were very good at avoiding me, and there was about a 2 or 3 foot shoulder, and I wear a rear-view eyeglass mirror, so I felt pretty safe. I have nerves of steel in such conditions ;-) - Tim I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my D580...
by tbessie
14 Jun 2016, 12:12am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...
Replies: 26
Views: 17432

Re: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...

Thanks, Paulatic ;-)

Is that actually on the A1?

- Tim


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by tbessie
13 Jun 2016, 8:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...
Replies: 26
Views: 17432

In Edinburgh...after an amusing episode...

I took the A1 most of the way to Edinburgh today (from near Bamburgh)... But then I started noticing people honking at me, and one guy leaned out of his window and gestured wildly at me. "Could the cycling rules be different in Scotland?" I wondered. I found a Scottish government transport...
by tbessie
11 Jun 2016, 1:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?
Replies: 27
Views: 7631

Re: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?

Not everyone talks like that luckily. Met a guy 25 years ago in France who did, though. I only understood about a quarter of what he said. You'd think, traveling around Europe, he'd modify his speech so people could understand him. :-) Service people (restaurants, etc) here have been saying "Hi...
by tbessie
11 Jun 2016, 1:37pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?
Replies: 27
Views: 7631

Re: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?

Not everyone talks like that luckily. Met a guy 25 years ago in France who did, though. I only understood about a quarter of what he said. You'd think, traveling around Europe, he'd modify his speech so people could understand him. :-) Service people (restaurants, etc) here have been saying "Hi...
by tbessie
11 Jun 2016, 11:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?
Replies: 27
Views: 7631

Re: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?

Mick - ha! So I'm not imagining it - good to know! ;-) Speaking of amusing encounters... I was told that folks in Newcastle are friendly and have a good sense of humor. As soon as I left the hotel to walk to a store, while waiting for a "walk" signal, a funny old man walking with his wife ...
by tbessie
10 Jun 2016, 9:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?
Replies: 27
Views: 7631

Re: RE: Re: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?

"Alright" It's a greeting like Hello how are you? Just shortened from "Are you all right"?, Some dialect up north it is "Ista fit"? Or shortened to "fit" Are you enjoying your ride, and where have you got to ? Thanks for explaining - I was a bit confused. I'm...
by tbessie
10 Jun 2016, 9:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?
Replies: 27
Views: 7631

Re: RE: Re: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?

People in some parts of Essex say that. It often comes out sounding a bit like 'oight' or 'wight', there. It took me a while to figure it out when I first heard it. Yeah, it's a funny sound. I thought it might be something like Yorkshire "et'up" etc. That is, a local dialect thing. Glad i...
by tbessie
10 Jun 2016, 9:00pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?
Replies: 27
Views: 7631

How do you acknowledge cyclists you pass?

As I've been doing this ride, I've acknowledged opposite direction riders by saying "Hey!" or "Hi!" As I've gotten more northerly, though, I've gotten back something like "Oi" or "Ight" or "Aight" or "Alright". What exactly do you suppose t...
by tbessie
8 Jun 2016, 8:29am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Recommended route from Chester north?
Replies: 9
Views: 2972

Re: Recommended route from Chester north?

I just wondered, is there some reason to prefer Dent to other Dales villages? Will I be missing something if I don't go through it?

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by tbessie
7 Jun 2016, 6:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Recommended route from Chester north?
Replies: 9
Views: 2972

Re: Recommended route from Chester north?

Thanks for all of your suggestions! I ended up going from Chester to Southport, didn't spend any time in Liverpool (took the ferry). I'm in Lancaster today, though I'd wanted to stay in Kendal. Every single place I called or checked online was fully booked - why would Kendal be full on Tuesday in Ju...