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Flagged down by the Old Bill..

Posted by on 8, Sep 2021 in 2021 - Edinburgh to JOG, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Flagged down by the Old Bill..

Leaving Ullapool we joined the dreaded NC500 – the North Coast 500 – a touring route full of motorhomes, motorbikes and cars. We’d not been looking forward to this bit at all. We’ve read nightmares about the traffic and even met a coach driver who said his company no longer do tours along it as the coach gets stuck on the single track sections as people park in the passing places. Anyway, it wasn’t as busy as we’d expected but was pretty hilly as compensation! Fortunately, leaving Ullapool, we turned off the road after 25km and headed inland to cross...

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Running on Gin….

Posted by on 31, Aug 2021 in 2021 - Edinburgh to JOG, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Running on Gin….

We set out on our first proper ride in the Hebrides on a brighter morning and began our island hopping trip along the Hebridean Way. Barra, our first island is quite tiny and we went clockwise around it in virtually no time to get the ferry on to Eriskay. We arrived at the port which was tiny slipway in time for a cream scone with cream from Devon, a pleasant reminder of the start of the journey a few months ago. We’d been chatting to a couple of cyclists on the ferry from the mainland who were on racing cycles and as the ferry left port we saw them approaching. The captain obviously...

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Onward to Castlebay

Posted by on 28, Aug 2021 in 2021 - Edinburgh to JOG, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 2 comments

Onward to Castlebay

Heading north from Tarbert we had two options, follow the minor road around the coast on 3 sides of a square and over the hills or take the short Main road on the remaining side of the square. Knowing us it will come as no surprise to read that we took the shorter option and with the exception of one idiot lorry driver found the short ride fine along the picturesque coastal road. The lorry driver was a complete idiot. He came around a bend behind us too fast and hadn’t seen us prior to the bend and of course a lorry was coming the other way so he had virtually no room to pass us on the...

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Who needs Sunshine

Posted by on 20, Aug 2021 in 2021 - Edinburgh to JOG, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Who needs Sunshine

We’re beginning to understand more about the Scots now weve been here a few days. Firstly, they don’t dress for the weather, they dress for the Month. So, pouring down, howling gale, a smidge above 14C and August and that will be flip flops, shorts and a t shirt then, whilst we admire their hardy nature from within 3 layers gloves and a hot chocolate. Or perhaps we’re just southern softies. Secondly they don’t like you saying hello to them when you cycle past. Well, most of them don’t anyway. I always say hello to pedestrians and cyclists as we pass them and...

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Uh oh….

Posted by on 11, Jul 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Uh oh….

We left Bristol on the old Bath Railway, a gentle incline for 7km followed by a lovely roll down toward Bath and the Kennet and Avon Canal which would be our companion until we reached Reading. We’d booked two nights in the servant quarters in a Georgian mansion and had to get Tilly down a flight of stairs into the basement courtyard to store her in the cellar under the road. Bath is quite hilly and we surprisingly then went down another flight of stairs to our rooms for 2 nights. We love Bath, it’s a majestic city with a great pedestrianised centre and loads of bars and...

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Tilly can’t cope…

Posted by on 5, Jul 2021 in 2021 - Lands End to Ipswich, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Tilly can’t cope…

Tilly has been making a decidedly unhealthy sounding clunks when we hit pot holes and bump up on kerbs. I’d tried tightening the headset but it made no difference and we stopped in Bodmin at a bike shop for advice. The guy there took the front fork out and said our bearings had gone meaning that the fork was loose so banged when we hit things. It wasn’t dangerous but needed a new headset fitting when we got the chance, but he said we’d be lucky to find one as there are no bicycle parts anywhere. Don’t mention Brexit… So, when we arrived in Exeter we cycled to...

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