- McMoonter & Boblo ride coast to coast.
Here’s the blog, pics to follow. We are seven miles from Fort Augustus after a pretty hard core second day.Posted 4 years ago
Munching on toasties in a bid to ward off the bonk. We’ll camp at FA tonight.
Wifi is scarce so pics will have to wait. Right we are off to Ballater over Glen Tilt. The sun is shining, yeeeeeus.Posted 4 years ago
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.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve uploaded pics to the blog now so you can get a rough idea of what is where.
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.Posted 4 years ago
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 .. 🙁Posted 4 years ago
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.Posted 4 years ago
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