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Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9033

11 days and 590 miles and I've made it into Scotland. I'll load up some pics later. Some spectacular areas of this country. Some highlights so far have been crossing the humber bridge, cycling the cinder path from Scarborough to Whitby, crossing the North York moors, crossing the Yorkshire dales and stopping at Tan Hill Inn. That last part was hard going. Up on the moors in a howling gale headwind and rain and lycra shorts and a t-shirt. Not a good idea. Coming from the flatlands of Suffolk I've never known cycling like it. Up on the moors it feels like your could be in outer mongolia. The landscape is so bleak, barren and windswept. I've also stayed in a common room, an alpaca farm and "fat linda's" caravan for the night for 10 quid. Cycled 70 miles today from edge of Yorkshire dales to little village near Lockerbie. Still a long way to go.

77 miles to Glasgow tomorrow.
Last Edit: 6 years, 1 month ago by ipswichbiker.
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Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9034

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Fair play to you James, very well done. The North York Moors are great too.

What's your destination? And are you planning on cycling back, or train etc?

How're you doing for punctures?
If you only have one plug, it needs to be a good plug!
July 14 - still true, but now have two plugs!
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Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9035

The final destination is Cape Wrath which is a little boat ride and cycle across the water from Durness. I'm getting the train back from Thurso on 14th so that is my only deadline. No punctures so far and long may it stay that way. I'm rapdily touching wood up this way. Last summer in 675 miles I onyl had one puncture and that was on last day.
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Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9036

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You managed a puncture at Banham in May, so definitely sounds like an improvement!
Ride safely.
If you only have one plug, it needs to be a good plug!
July 14 - still true, but now have two plugs!
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Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9038

I don't want to be the one to be hissed and booed at, but I can see where this thread is going and before it gets out of hand I'd like to call a halt to it before it goes any further.
Yes I'm aware that quoting rules is poo pooing the party but someone has to do it.

Rule 30005.5
In the interest of our members retinas, and for the assurance of sweet dreams; any person posting pictures of men in lycra or spandex shall be instantly sent to the naughty step.

You have been warned.

Btw on a serious note, well done James.
And beware the infamous Scottish midges; I've never experienced anything like them before for their single minded thirst for sasanach blood!
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
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Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9042

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Trevor Pastrami wrote:


Btw on a serious note, well done James.

And beware the infamous Scottish midges; I've never experienced anything like them before for their single minded thirst for sassenach blood!


Marmite, that's the stuff. Keeps the nasty wee midgies awaaay..! That or Avon Skin so Soft... Honest.

Respect James, that is effin' hardore, all round. Arse like a frying pan, thighs like.... well, I'll leave that the forum imagination!
Steve
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Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9043

Oddly enough my Mrs is an Avon rep, and there was me believing the telly ads where all of their reps are pretty!
I know of the skin so soft but alas it was only after our visit.
Re the marmite, a great anti midge tip although I suspect in the UK's current weather conditions it might be a tad sticky.
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN

Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9052

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Flippin eck, well done that man
Take the Byway not the Highway

Re: Ipswich to Cape Wrath 6 years, 1 month ago #9069

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Well done mate How did the last leg of the journey go?
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Re: Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9070

Change of plan. I finished my journey after 890 miles in Inverness at the end of National Cycle Route 7 aka the Lochs and Glens. Cape Wrath will just have to wait for another day. The bike performed well and all that was needed was a dab of oil on the chain after about 500 miles. I think this outing fitted the brief. It was a journey into the unknown and it challenged me with emotional and literal highs and lows. In the sun bleached plains of East Anglia there was a time I was so hot I had to shelter in shady woodland and up on the Yorkshire Dales I was so cold (in basically my pants and a t-shirt)that it took me 10 minutes to fumble open my bags and put on a sleeveless fleece. To me its all about perspective. When you slog up hills all day you really appreciate sitting and having a rest and when you have been wet and cold you really appreciate being dry and warm. I still think that travel by bicycle is 60% mental (hills of the mind type stuff) 30% haribo tangfastic and 10% physical ability. I like it because it represents a simple way of living. You get up you cycle. You go to bed. When it rains you get wet and when the sun shines you get dry. Repeat that enough and you never know where you will end up. Here are some pics:





















Locations:
Ipswich
Dunwich
Mildenhall
Fleet Hargate
Lincoln
New Holland
Barmston
Whitby
Hurworth Place
Kirkby Stephen
Elchlefechan
Larkhall
Balloch
Callendar
Loch Tummel
Kingussie
Inverness.
Last Edit: 6 years, 1 month ago by ipswichbiker.
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Re: Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9071

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Fantastic James, and what beautiful pictures. I get the feeling from the tone of your report that you're still a little tired! Very well done, and bet you feel great for it. This really is a lovely country when off the beaten track.
If you only have one plug, it needs to be a good plug!
July 14 - still true, but now have two plugs!

Re: Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9073

Yes I was very tired. Flooding in Kingussie meant I couldn't get the sleeper back to London so took a 9pm coach to Glasgow to get 4.28am train to Euston to cycle to Liverpool street to get 10.30am train to Ipswich which after delays got me home for 12.30pm.
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Re: Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9077

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Well done mate. photos look great. respect to you sir
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Re: Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9079

I've just read your report, and by golly I'm pleased for you.
Well done you have my absolute admiration.
Perhaps the next time you can visit my estate as I'm Laird of Lochaber.
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
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Re: Ipswich to Inverness 6 years, 1 month ago #9103

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Great pics, JamesB)
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