Tjs recovery ride: advice, routes, rides n beer
Working for me.Posted 2 months ago
Shame you aren’t heading north when you hit the mainland, there appears to be a handful of us round and about in Scandinavia too.Posted 2 months ago
But only after we’ve solved the phone recharging issue
Which relies on my dodgy maths.Posted 2 months ago
A little soul bearing then.
The last year has been a struggle and morivation is hard to find. This trip is in many ways a teast run for me. I have never camped on my own before now. I need to find out if I can cope with touring on my own. I need to get off my arse. I have pushed myself fairly hard with 4000m ish of climbing in the first week.
Over the last few days i can feel a real uplift in my mood. The kindness of folk and the exercise seems to help. My troubles are not constantly in the forefront of my mind any longer.
I am feeling positve about touring for longer now and the idea of riding to the Mediterranean seems feasble.
Shite weather tho. BolloxPosted 2 months ago
Glencoe it is today but on the road not the devils staircase
Looks like a full waterproofs all day sort of dayPosted 2 months ago
I feel the same way about doing outdoor stuff. When I’m out in the hills or riding, that’s all I focus on – the ride, the walk, where to camp, what to do the next day, what I need to get, what I need to adjust etc. I don’t think about any other life issues, I really do leave it all behind.
I hope you can keep it up. One reason we’re interested is that the long distance tour is a dream so many of us have.Posted 2 months ago
tj – an inspiring thread, please do keep it going ! Pictures are good too !Posted 2 months ago
Look out for runaway campervans…
Effing scary enough with inexperienced drivers in hired vansPosted 2 months ago
Nice, doesn’t look too busy.Posted 2 months ago
Missed your original post TJ, gutted for you and hope you’re doing alright. If you’re passing through the Alps on your way south, hit us up for any help / advice we can offer. Your brake pads will only last one day though.Posted 2 months ago
@tjagain – like many on here, I’m following you with great interest and enjoying it (without getting soaked and knackered).
keep up the good work !Posted 2 months ago
@tjagain what are your plans for the next couple of days? I’m off and not due back into work until Friday evening.Posted 2 months ago
Do you have a plan for Ireland yet? Mrs Mowgli and I are going from Belfast > Giants Causeway and then around the coast to Limerick over about 2 weeks starting on Monday. I’ll look out for your flag!Posted 2 months ago
Seeing your Bob trailer reminds me of riding London – Munich with mine in tow back in 2003…
Guessing/hoping to leave Munich soon and don’t think it’s on your route. However, if I see you out on the roads of Europe I’ll stop and say hello!Posted 2 months ago
Hopfully bridge of orchy or tyndrm tonigh then crianlachic killin glen ogle next couple of daysPosted 2 months ago
Still a fair bit away then, probably be my week off before you get close!Posted 2 months ago
TJ, after Killin/Glen Ogle, are you heading towards Stirling area?Posted 2 months ago
Dude, if you come anywhere near Stirling, give us a shout. A whole team rideout could be organised with the number of forumites locally…
And it is a shite day for weather – I hope this wind is at your back.Posted 2 months ago
It has been fortunately.Posted 2 months ago
Decision made. Weather has been shite. Im tired and my kit all stinks so I am going to go home for a bit before leg 2
It will ake 3 or 4 days. Im in Tyndrm.
Gentle pootle diwn to the trossachs and tben home
Ill update as it would be fun to meet the stirling posse
The west coasters can beathe breathe safely. It will be a week or two before i am over that wayPosted 2 months ago
Not tempted for a last minute entry in the HT550??!Posted 2 months ago
Nope. They might find my pace a little slow
I have done chunks of it alreadyPosted 2 months ago
I am buckled. Strathyre tonight. Callender then probably head stirling way especially if anyone knows a decent route from callender.
Lunch in callander anyone?Posted 2 months ago
Have you been here?
It was great pre-Covid but not been sincePosted 2 months ago
Keep going fella, almost done the first bit!
Does that mean Stirling on Saturday TJ? No idea about Callander lunch spots, and only know taht the main road from Callendar-Stirling is a bad idea on a bike. Not sure of routes, but someone must know, there’s stacks of gravel. I know a quite way back once you get to Doune though.Posted 2 months ago
Superb mate. Absolutely superbPosted 2 months ago
Im heading for stirling tomorrow which i think is friday and getting a lift back home from there cos i am buckledPosted 2 months ago
Mhor Fish is good for fish and chips in Callander. Mhor Bread does great pie and cakes, might still be takeaway only though. Enjoy!Posted 2 months ago
Good going fellah!
Greetings from Wales Tj! If you decide to head down to visit molgrips you are more than welcome to come and visit/ stay here with us. We are near to Ammanford, right at the western end of the Beacons.Posted 2 months ago
Home! Bikepawl kindly picked me up in Stirling and took a broken old man home.
Where do I go next? confuzzeledPosted 2 months ago
rest, recuperate, get everything dry and fettled
make a list of what worked well and what didn’t
Start planning the Europe trip.
😎Posted 2 months ago
🙂Posted 2 months ago
Rest, refine kit, ride somewhere else in the UK for a bit longer.
TBH an extended tour requires a lot of technique, and it’s not something you can be told by other people – you have to figure out what’ll work for you and the only way to do that is to do smaller trips. You solve each problem as it turns up and that becomes your style.Posted 2 months ago
Its not my first rodeo. Ive been refining this for years
Its molgrips fault. He thought you would be interested.
*some weights may not be exact* can’t be arsed weighing everything I have in the past
Im an old man. I need my comfort. This is what I took north but I also took more than I would for just two weeks as its a trial run. Everything is geared for an indefinite trip
Tent – trekkertent stealth 1.5 with mesh inner. 950 g inc pegs
for going south I think I’ll take the Drift 2 which adds 300 g
Foam underlay. Some kind of underlay is essential 350 g (lightest material one I can get it 150g IIRC)
Sleeping bag with silk liner inc bag and compression strap 1kg. Its rated to below zero barely enough at times.
Pillow 60 g
mattress – 600 g ( temporary one – lighter one on its way)
Now this will be controversial but I have tried many ways over many years but the speed and convenience is worth the imo small weight penalty
Jetboil zip. 700G? Inc one can of gas flint and cafetière attachment
Second jetboil pan – a bigger wider one 400 g iirc. This includes lids that double as plates /bowls
Its economical. I was using 25 g of gas a day for 2 or 3 cups of coffee and a pasta dinner
Its so bloody convenient. Nothing needs to be handled carefully, you can leave stuff to cook without it falling over and stuff stays warm I can get my first cup in the morning within 2 mins of waking without getting up and the put stays warm
For an indefinite trip I need to be able to cook normal food and a healthy balanced diet
Cup – pint enamel mug with clip on lid,. Again I have tried everything available. Nothing else is anything like is nice to drink from. Beer, coffee whisky
Litre sigg bottle for whisky
Swiss army knife
50ml biodegradable washing up liquid
100 ml olive oil oil (refills is the issue here – you cant rarely buy a smaller bottle)
2 x100g gas cans spare and refill gadget. 450 g total
Drybag that holds a bag of ground coffee
Half a green pan scourer
2 litre water carrier ( 150g)
Shitshovel, bog paper and hand sanitiser
Chair! ( 200g)
Kindle, spare emergency phone both in protective sleeves of closed cell foam, headtorch midge hood, toothbrush, nail clippers, toothpaste (25 g tube) sunscreen ( not bloody needed this trip) shaving brush( handle removed 🙂 ), one disposable razor, reading glasses ( bah!) ¼ bar of soap, microfibre flannel, microfibre towel, usb charger, powerbank, 2 leads, smidge, moskito coils (¼ pack) camp sandals ( very!) 400g. (I ride in SPDs) compass whistle
clothes (includes what I was wearing)
3x base layer / cycling shorts / socks
goretex socks ( wont take them south)
2xpair of pants
light insulated jacket
jumper(dunno why I took this really – smart for pubs? Who cares?)
softshell riding jacket
Liner gloves (wont go south)
Waterproofs ( almost a kilo of robust ones – I’ll take lighter south)
small pliers ( didnae want to take them but had to because of the tubeless valves )
spare tube and trailer tube
m5 and m6 nut and bolt with washers
6 cable ties
4 chain links 2 quick links
gaffer tape and tenacious tape
( Ill get a seal kit as well just in case)
Spare qr and pin for trailer
tire gauge ( just a few g but again not going south)
Padlock and cable 700 g( just weighed it!)
Loads of the lightest drybags I can find to put stuff in including 2 for food
Thats it I think
The trailer bag and contents minus phone, left over food, clothes I was wearing, sunnies and gloves but including some mud andwater 🙂 weigh 13 kilos which I think is not bad at all for all that
trailer is a 5 kg weight penalty but thats a different arguement
Do your worst!Posted 2 months ago
Remembered after the 15 mins
first aid kit inc a decent range of dressings painkillers and a little tub of suedocremPosted 2 months ago
small tube seamsealer in the repair kit
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