McMoonter & Boblo ride coast to coast.

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  • mcmoonter
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    Here’s the blog, pics to follow. We are seven miles from Fort Augustus after a pretty hard core second day.
    Munching on toasties in a bid to ward off the bonk. We’ll camp at FA tonight.

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/mcandmilesgofromskyetomontrose

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    nice – need pictures though 🙂

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    nice – need pictures though

    exactly. pics please

    mt
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    We need pictures! Like the Salsa.

    camo16
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    Are you really a crazy guy on a bike? Your blog thingy seemed perfectly rational.

    * waits for images of craziness and cycling *

    mcmoonter
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    I’m the most technically inept uploader of pics ever. We will have another try tonight.

    mcmoonter
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    Wifi is scarce so pics will have to wait. Right we are off to Ballater over Glen Tilt. The sun is shining, yeeeeeus.

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/mcandmilesgofromskyetomontrose

    mcmoonter
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    For anyone with ambitions to ride a spectacular off road self supported route. You have to give this C2C a serious look. With one more day to go, it’s been for me an all time epic.

    scandalous
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    route please!

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Enjoying the read so far. Great route 🙂

    mcmoonter
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    Boblo has the route and stats on his Garmin. We will add it when we finish in Montrose tomorrow.

    novaswift
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    Enjoy the ride. A few weeks ago 3 mates and myself cycled the Southern Upland Way in four days for Macmillan. Raised a load of cash but never again!

    Premier Icon maxray
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    Really well written. Goes to show good content outweighs swanky web design as I persevered reading all the sections so far on my phone. 🙂

    mcmoonter
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    We made it to Montrose over Mount Keen. We dodged the rain all week. Got post ride blues now. Best plan another!

    Premier Icon kcal
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    yay!
    Will read the blog soon. FWIW my off-road (well, about 50:50 was all we could manage realistically) C2C from Ardnamurchan to Montrose was a blinder..

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    pics or it didn’t happen…

    fasthaggis
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    Nice one Mr McM.
    I bet the push up Mt Keen was a pain with an loaded bike.
    Would be interested in how you rated the Salsa on the trip.
    🙂

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    Brilliant. v jealous.
    Pics please!

    Premier Icon mtbfix
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    Nice read. Good effort, chaps.

    mcmoonter
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    Pics are uploading, the wait is almost over.

    mcmoonter
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    Boblo will surely post up the route file when he gets home.

    Every day started with a big off road climb followed by a long road section. Boblo rode an 88 Marin Pine Mountain. It was the perfect bike for the trip. A simple durable frame that worked really well on and off road. We both used heavy touring tyres, which were never an issue off road but made the road sections quicker.

    My Fargo was good but slightly over geared, I was carrying too much stuff. I never had any issues with the drop bars and brifters. The only mechanical was the discovery of some loose rack mounting bolts on my bike. Once we found a way of lashing Boblo’s panniers to stop them leaping off the rack early on the first day we were sorted.

    Mileage was around 240 and the total ascent was a fraction short of 17000 feet.

    bigbloke
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    That looked epic. Fantastic pics and i am generally extremely jealous. I really must do something like this one day, i really really should.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Haven’t had chance to read – but those pics instantly made me want to do it. Looks amazing!

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Nice pics. And a good read too. Often take a peek on cgoab to get ride inspiration.

    Liking the Biopace rings 🙂

    mcmoonter
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    I’ve uploaded pics to the blog now so you can get a rough idea of what is where.

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/mcandmilesgofromskyetomontrose

    CGOAB is a great resource for sharing tour journals, the forum is also full of great advice for touring almost anywhere.

    It’s been a while since I did a back to back day tour off road. I will be checking out more routes, be warned it’s addictive. Adding an extra day or two to an overnight trip makes all the difference.

    trail_rat
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    lotta photos there from the fungle path i see …. i loves that loop !

    Premier Icon kcal
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    Evocative pics McMoon…

    Our trip took us through Balmoral as well, never really felt it was out of order – there weren’t any snipers in the woods that I could see 🙂

    Our variation took in the Fungle as well rather than the obvious Mount Keen direct – was mostly good, the extension on the south side promised but didn’t really deliver .. 🙁

    mcmoonter
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    Our variation took in the Fungle as well rather than the obvious Mount Keen direct – was mostly good, the extension on the south side promised but didn’t really deliver ..

    I’ve ridden the Fungle and the Firmounth roads over to Tarfside before, either would have been contenders. There are another couple of ways over from Glen Tannar but they both have a hike a bike in the middle. It didn’t take us that long to get over Mount Keen, at least you can see what is ahead of you. Once we hit the paved road we never left it to Montrose. I think the prescribed route has one more off road bit.

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    That looks like just the trip/type of riding i want to do, they’re cracking pics mcmoonter and i’ll check your blog out when i get home fae work.

    Premier Icon kcal
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    I think the prescribed route has one more off road bit.

    Sounds about right. Over to Tillybardine. Not that inspired/inspiring I have to say…

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    absolutely gobsmacking pics mcm.

    I must get on to granny Stoner and get some serious babysitting sorted 😀

    yunki
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    I’ve cancelled my internet subscription – everything so far has just been building up to this thread..

    I can see no need to continue any further with it

    thanks.. 😀

    will
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    I don’t know how I missed this thread originally but seriously this is brilliant and I love you report.

    In fact I’m now sat here planning how I can do something similar.

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