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by dodger
12 Feb 2016, 10:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?
Replies: 14
Views: 956

Re: Why are cycle paths so bumpy? And narrow?

If you watch workers laying tarmac for cycle or footpaths, they tend to unload it from the tarmac lorry a pile at a time, then rake it flat and roller it. This means that the point where the pile first falls is a bit denser than the rest of the raked-out part and after a little while the less dense ...
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 6:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

The hostels are a definite then.
Timing to be decided!
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 1:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What % of your income goes in tax
Replies: 14
Views: 550

Re: What % of your income goes in tax

I fully accept that we must all pay a contribution to running the country, but what I hate is the way that our taxes are wasted or spent on things we disagree with. The various governments have, for example, wasted billions on ill-conceived schemes that happen to be the flavour of the day or wheezes...
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 12:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TRAINS (AGAIN)
Replies: 24
Views: 782

Re: TRAINS (AGAIN)

Seems I might be too quick to condemn. Despite being quoted £146 + sleeper each way, there is a return fare on Great Western site of around £160ish. (Depending on when you book). But still needing overnight travel. Thanks for the info. I'll try some different times and single/return fare combination...
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 10:45am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TRAINS (AGAIN)
Replies: 24
Views: 782

TRAINS (AGAIN)

This isn't about space on trains, just cost. I have 2 journeys in mind, one the Pilgrim Trail across N Spain, the other, the Western Isles. Looking at train fares to get to each, and that's when the joy of British railway travel bites. From Roscoff in Brittany to Bayonne, close to Biarritz, would co...
by dodger
4 Feb 2016, 10:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

So the consensus seems to be - suck it and see!!
Good idea to wait and see how the weather forecast is looking, especially travelling a long distance to get there.
by dodger
3 Feb 2016, 9:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

jamesgilbert wrote:For some excellent (and cheap) accommodation, check out the Gatliff Trust hostels: http://www.gatliff.org.uk/

You can't book, but there's usually room!

Checked the website and they look well worth a stay. Thanks for the link.
by dodger
3 Feb 2016, 9:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Ah, TrevA, we say the same to tourists here in Cornwall, with as much truth!
by dodger
1 Feb 2016, 10:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Thanks again for the info, especially for accommodation. I don't want to carry camping gear particularly!
Surely it can't rain every year!!
Maybe the wind could help push us Northward.
by dodger
1 Feb 2016, 6:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Thanks for the info.
From what I've seen of others' comments and a couple of Scottish TV films it looks well worth chancing poor weather.
by dodger
1 Feb 2016, 5:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

Re: WESTERN ISLES

Thanks. I can live with rain, but past experience of midges on Skye has left me running scared!
by dodger
1 Feb 2016, 4:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WESTERN ISLES
Replies: 28
Views: 1774

WESTERN ISLES

Does anyone have views about touring the Isles in May?
I know the weather can be variable, but May or June look like good prospects and, hopefully, midge-free.
Thinking of working North from Barra.
by dodger
6 Jan 2016, 9:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bike packing and campervan.
Replies: 9
Views: 757

Re: Bike packing and campervan.

Just look on I Player, under "Scotland".
by dodger
6 Jan 2016, 4:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bike packing and campervan.
Replies: 9
Views: 757

Re: Bike packing and campervan.

Agree. Really good couple of programmes, especially being the same age and liking my campervan too.
by dodger
2 Jan 2016, 11:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Carry on Parliament!
Replies: 35
Views: 1251

Re: Carry on Parliament!

We don't pay sewage and we don't pay drainage. We just pay a flat rate for water supply no matter how much we use. Maybe we would save money if we went onto a meter, but we don't care as it's cheap enough and we don't worry about water usage. People down the lane asked for a meter but Southwest Wat...