Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

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Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

Postby mercalia » 26 Sep 2020, 10:25am


Miles and isles: our big Scottish bike ride

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A father-and-son cycling tour of Highlands and islands found the scenery, ferocious weather – and midges – all on top form



https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/sep/26/miles-and-isles-our-big-scottish-bike-ride?

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Postby keithg » 29 Sep 2020, 12:08pm

A good read, thanks.

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Postby Enigmadick » 3 Oct 2020, 10:24am

Great read that brought back many memories. But is "Miles and Isles" referencing Joni Mitchell's live album of a similar name?

I've done a "Refuge of the Roads" tour and my pals did a "Last time we saw Richard" when I couldn't make a trip a few years back.

Anyone else name their tours?
ENIGMA DICK aka Richard Barrett

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Re: Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

Postby Mick F » 3 Oct 2020, 11:44am

Enigmadick wrote:Anyone else name their tours?
I had a Grand Tour.
http://my-grand-tour.blogspot.com

I began a ride called the Two Daughters Tour, but due to a mechanical problem with my trailer, I had to abort before I even got as a far as Bristol.
We had one daughter living in Manchester and the other in Bedford at the time.
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Postby mikeymo » 28 Oct 2020, 12:34am

You've put the our in quotes. Is that you in the article then?

I have to say, I've never been bothered by midges that much in the Outer Hebrides, and we've been for the last 8 years. I think I cycle faster than they can fly, and the house we usually rent is on the west coast, only yards from the beach, and fairly high up. So the wind is coming direct from America, and probably keeps the midges off.

There was a programme about Scotland on the television the other day. An expert on insects was saying midges are another important pollinator, and it's only the females that bite - they want your blood for their eggs.

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Postby matt2matt2002 » 28 Oct 2020, 7:05pm

Enigmadick wrote:Great read that brought back many memories. But is "Miles and Isles" referencing Joni Mitchell's live album of a similar name?

I've done a "Refuge of the Roads" tour and my pals did a "Last time we saw Richard" when I couldn't make a trip a few years back.

Anyone else name their tours?


I give my tours cryptic names.
Pamir Highway: Behind bars with the 'stans.
Western isles: I land on an island.
Ethiopia: Hills and hippos.
Sri Lanka: Welcome to the jungle.
All on crazy guy.
2017 Ethiopia.5 weeks.
2018 Marrakech 2 weeks.
Lots more in hot countries.
Always on a Thorn Raven/Rohloff hub.

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Re: Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

Postby mercalia » 28 Oct 2020, 9:51pm

mikeymo wrote:You've put the our in quotes. Is that you in the article then?

I have to say, I've never been bothered by midges that much in the Outer Hebrides, and we've been for the last 8 years. I think I cycle faster than they can fly, and the house we usually rent is on the west coast, only yards from the beach, and fairly high up. So the wind is coming direct from America, and probably keeps the midges off.

There was a programme about Scotland on the television the other day. An expert on insects was saying midges are another important pollinator, and it's only the females that bite - they want your blood for their eggs.


not me that was the title of the article I thought using quotes would prevent the mistake you just made.

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Postby mikeymo » 28 Oct 2020, 9:53pm

mercalia wrote:
mikeymo wrote:You've put the our in quotes. Is that you in the article then?

I have to say, I've never been bothered by midges that much in the Outer Hebrides, and we've been for the last 8 years. I think I cycle faster than they can fly, and the house we usually rent is on the west coast, only yards from the beach, and fairly high up. So the wind is coming direct from America, and probably keeps the midges off.

There was a programme about Scotland on the television the other day. An expert on insects was saying midges are another important pollinator, and it's only the females that bite - they want your blood for their eggs.


not me that was the title of the article I thought using quotes would prevent the mistake you just made.


Hah, yes. Silly me.

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Re: Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

Postby Jdsk » 28 Oct 2020, 10:37pm

mikeymo wrote:An expert on insects was saying midges are another important pollinator...

In the UK?

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Postby Oldjohnw » 29 Oct 2020, 5:46am

Jdsk wrote:
mikeymo wrote:An expert on insects was saying midges are another important pollinator...

In the UK?

Jonathan


Yes, apparently. It was on Landward, the very much superior Scottish equivalent of Countryfile.

And they are themselves part of the food chain
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Postby mikeymo » 29 Oct 2020, 9:38am

Jdsk wrote:
mikeymo wrote:An expert on insects was saying midges are another important pollinator...

In the UK?

Jonathan


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Re: Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

Postby Jdsk » 29 Oct 2020, 9:40am

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Re: Miles and isles: "our" big Scottish bike ride

Postby cooper_coleraine » 8 Nov 2020, 12:00pm

Thankyou. A good inspirational read.