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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:13 am 
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No, just dry dusty trails. Bike and rider covered in dust.
Yourself and Rob missed a good one this year :)

Jamie


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:30 am 
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Jamiedyer wrote:
No, just dry dusty trails. Bike and rider covered in dust.
Yourself and Rob missed a good one this year :)

Jamie

Jamie if it ain't pissing rain with freezing fog it ain't worth doing :mrgreen:
BTW hoping new transport will be sorted soon.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:48 am 
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RobMac wrote:
Jamiedyer wrote:
No, just dry dusty trails. Bike and rider covered in dust.
Yourself and Rob missed a good one this year :)

Jamie

Jamie if it ain't pissing rain with freezing fog it ain't worth doing :mrgreen:
BTW hoping new transport will be sorted soon.


does it have a prescription windscreen this time to stop ye driving intae things? :wink: :wink: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:59 am 
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K'OFF! :x


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:03 am 
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:mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:57 pm 
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I took my 1947 rod-brake Rudge for a wee trot.

Loch Garve

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Snack stop south of Loch Glascarnoch.

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Got fed up of riding on the road, so turned off into Strath Vaich (part of HT550 route)

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It's awesome scenery and just kept going (it's about 30km of gravel ranging from nice to loose lumpy big rocks, and lots of cambers to slide down)

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Deanich Lodge. The descent to it was a bit terrifying with rod brakes. I was hitting some of the worse bits at speed despite having my brakes full on.

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And here's where I made my big mistake

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The Struie is one of my favourite climbs, you know you've done a climb when you do it, but it never gets impossible if you persist.

However I was tonguing for a feed. Tain was only an 11 mile diversion and an extra 20 on the ride, and it has a Harry Gows where I could get a sit down with a couple of egg rolls and a big pot of tea. Yum, decision made.

But once I got to Tain I discovered they close at 3:30 and I had just missed them. The cafe down the road closed at 4, but with 15 minutes to go I thought I'd be ok. Nup, they were in the process of closing up. I then went to another cafe, closed too. By now I was at the bugger that stage, so I buggered off out of Tain and headed straight for home 26 miles away.

I broached my emergency bag of jelly beans, and my mood improved so I diverted through Invergordon purely because I like looking at the sea monsters (oil rigs) they have jamming up the Cromarty Firth.

I got a bonus. Look closely and you'll see an elegant clipper bow sticking out.

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By the end of the day I'd knocked up 93 miles. I had my GPS in my pocket because I didn't want to get into the trap of trying to hit certain speeds or worrying about my average, which was just as well because I don't recall being beaten up so much in a long time and I'd have otherwise been tempted to do a a wee loop on the Black Isle to round it up to the 100 mark. :)

All in all, a great summer's day out.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:59 pm 
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BrianImage, you put the rest of us to shame.
Spent yesterday watching the Tour, the same today, the same since the start, :facepalm: can't seem to drag myself away from it, except getting out on MTB with Keith and Kenny.
Seem to remember the Struie, in a car :mrgreen: , the AA call-box looks familiar, can't be many of them left out in the wilds, wonder if it still works?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:14 pm 
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epicyclo wrote:
But once I got to Tain I discovered they close at 3:30 and I had just missed them.
By the end of the day I'd knocked up 93 miles.


You could have carried on another 10 miles out of Tain and got a decent cup of tea here, which would have comfortably knocked your mileage over the magic number!

It was way too hot for me to seriously consider cycling anyway - 100 miles in that heat on that bike is very impressive going...


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:07 pm 
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You could have carried on another 10 miles out of Tain and got a decent cup of tea here, which would have comfortably knocked your mileage over the magic number!

It was way too hot for me to seriously consider cycling anyway - 100 miles in that heat on that bike is very impressive going...


Once I converted it to km, my obsession at rounding out was satisfied - 150km. :)

I forgot you lived in that area. If you're interested the Highland Classic Lightweights group is planning a loop around the peninsula, and if they don't the heavyweights on old roadsters will be doing it. Mainly a tea and cake ride... (if anywhere is open, that is :) )

Might even be able to drag Jamie down for it - he has some nice pieces of old iron.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:16 pm 
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I could be persuaded ;)


'he has some nice pieces of old iron' How dare you sir!

Jamie


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