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Rock and Roll Mary!

Posted by on 24, Feb 2022 in 2022 - USA, Tilly the Tandem, UK, USA | 2 comments

Rock and Roll Mary!

Welcome Aboard.. Calm before the storm Birthday Celebrations Hello Eunice…. And we thought this was a bit choppy… Little did we know what was coming! Mid Adlantic at Force 9.. A welcome lull between the storms Didnt spill a drop!! Well, the UK has suffered from some horrendous winds from Storm Eunice. We, sailed through it. To be fair the captain put his toe down and did a runner for the Azores but only managed to skirt the edge of the storm and I hate to think what going right through the middle would have been like. Our calm departure from Southampton soon turned into a gale...

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Well we weren’t expecting that!

Posted by on 23, Feb 2022 in 2022 - USA, Tilly the Tandem, UK, USA | 6 comments

355.5 km Portsmouth Tilly getting her sealegs ready! Us getting our sealegs ready!! Abbey ruins at Southampton Packing Tilly for her next adventure… And we’re off… Stage 2 of Jonny’s ‘Big Birthday’ begins… On our LEJOG tour last year we bumped into full time hard core cycle tourer Pete a number of times. He’s currently in Spain having spent a couple of months heading up and down the side of mountains in the Canaries which sounds like an awful lot of hardwork to us, but he loves it. Out of the blue he dropped us a chat with a picture of us and...

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Wrong way!

Posted by on 11, Feb 2022 in 2022 - USA, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 2 comments

Wrong way!

Romford housing estate!! Arrived on the South Coast at Shoreham Been looking forward to these.. 😋 First puncture of the trip! Coffee heaven.. South Downs cycle track Only just squeezed Tilly over this bridge… Perfect coffee stop.. Teddington lick foot bridge The new face of Big Ben It’s not often we head off in the wrong direction form the word go. But following Taffy breaking down the night before departure in a desperate act to stop us leaving her we had to shorten our first cycle day to allow us to arrange repairs. We usually get Taffy ready for storage the night before...

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The Last Leg

Posted by on 23, Sep 2021 in 2021 - Edinburgh to JOG, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

The Last Leg

Ferry to Cromarty Top of hill overlooking Loch Ness No sign of Nessie! Castle Stalker The Jacobite Too scarey to watch! The BenBit of a rough ride… The Falkirk Canal tunnelFarewell Bonnie Scotland We left Portmohomack and began our cross country trip to Oban via Loch Ness with a tail wind on a msity morning bound for Inverness. Our ferry at Cromarty was a 2 car affair and you could only just see the oil rigs and wind turbine ships moored in the bay shrouded in mist. A quick stop for a coffee and delicious Whisky fruit cake set us up for a very easy cycle to Inverness where we arrived,...

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Where’s the station…

Posted by on 19, Sep 2021 in 2021 - Edinburgh to JOG, Tilly the Tandem, UK | 1 comment

Where’s the station…

Getting home from JOG with a tandem isn’t easy. Most cycle tourers head to the nearest station and hop on a train which is obviously what we’re doing. The difference between most cycle tourers and us is they have single bikes and we have Tilly the Tandem. So whilst their nearest station is 25km away, ours is 450km away in Oban or even Edinburgh. So having finished the tour we have to start a new one to get to the station, not that we mind, we’re heading off to some of the most remote areas in Scotland followed by searching for the Loch Ness Monster as we do yet another...

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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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