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From the Uists to Skye — June 6, 2017

From the Uists to Skye

Speed bonny boat…! Downwind rapid sail from North Uist to Uig, Skye today. Passed the Ferry Inn where we had a family holiday many moons ago. Looks the same, road just got bigger. Few pictures to follow now I have some super wifi. This was being laid alongside the lanes of S Uist as we rode through earlier. But until then! Charming islands with a messy agricultural feel and lots of wildlife including seals, corncrakes (heard not seen), cuckoos (seen ! and heard ) short eared owls and lots of sea birds. Sad to leave. Back again one day.

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Images : Highland Scotland and Oban to Barra — June 4, 2017
Over the sea..to Barra  —
https://mobile.twitter.com/i/web/status/867983912848326656 — May 26, 2017
Spitfire sportive pics — May 20, 2017
Training : the Spitfire ride —
Tour preparations : tyre shopping — May 18, 2017

Tour preparations : tyre shopping

OK, so I needed some reassurance I’d get my new Schwalbe tyres on and resorted to watching Merlin (cheeky from a fellow fungus face) literally magic a tyre on to a wheel: its all about pushing that bead hard into the wheel all the way round. And having some toe straps to keep it in there, apparently. 

Ready for the fray!
Tyres, tubes, shorts and leg warmers (midge proofing!). And I only went online looking for new ‘boots’. Love this part of the trip prep.!

Taunton Flyer on Saturday: need to get these bad boys unpacked and fitted after work tomorrow. And eat some pasta!

Over the sea to Skye — May 14, 2017

Over the sea to Skye

In just under four weeks we will be heading across the water to Castlebay on Barra. From Castlebay we will cycle up through the Hebrides then back over to Skye. Our route takes us over high ground, around lochs across rivers and on ferries. Our longest days will take us 40 miles or more. A week of fresh air, companionship and memories in gorgeous scenery.

Go West — April 23, 2016

Go West

So it’s done ; the die is cast. This year’s odyssey is a coast to coast..of Ireland! I’ve booked my tickets back from Westport on June 19th, with 4.5 days to get across there from Belfast, where I have a day’s work to negotiate at the beginning of the week. I have a great route translated from the Dutch by Paul Benjaminse, spiral bound. I will be travelling very light this year. Maybe I said that last time, but this will be different! No time for blogging right now, this is just to whet the appetite. More to follow.

Ian Musgrove R.I.P. — October 4, 2015

Ian Musgrove R.I.P.

 I heard with great sadness today of the passing of a local cycling hero. I don’t claim to have known Ian well but know he contributed to the enjoyment of cycling in many, including me. He worked as a bike mechanic both locally in Somerset, and on cycle holidays. He was also an important member of Wellington Wheelers CC. My memory is of a cheerful efficient man, always quick to help and thorough in his work.

Rest in peace.