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by Howard
Tue May 26, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2567

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Great read Karl :-bd :-bd Whats with the OBH? I thought that in 2018 they had been pretty welcoming..... Maybe better to use the Achness hotel?? There was a change of ownership. Achness also changed hands this year (crap for the new owner with Covid shutdown), but he is a cyclist so could well be a ...
by Howard
Mon May 25, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GBDURO goes from self-supported to self-sufficient
Replies: 54
Views: 2405

Re: GBDURO goes from self-supported to self-sufficient

I was absolutely made up when I got my entry accepted for this year's GBDuro. Training and prep started well before lockdown so a bit of a roller coaster of will it / won't it go ahead over the last few months. Totally trivial really in the grand scheme of things, but I guess everyone on this forum ...
by Howard
Mon May 25, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Looking ahead - what are you looking forward to?
Replies: 101
Views: 3732

Re: Looking ahead - what are you looking forward to?

Well I had been preparing for the GBDuro - but since that has changed format this year it's beyond me :cry: . So when I can, might jump on the GBDivide route from near Falkirk up to say Contin, then back down to Inverness to pick up the Badger Divide to Glasgow and then the canal home. A nice figure...
by Howard
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 10508

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Updated start list available. 12 riders (yes Howard, I've included you :lol:) FWIW I've set up a spotwalla page for myself. Spots aren't compulsory but I usually take one on these longer trips anyway. I'm hoping my Mrs will keep an eye on it and report if she sees it heading down the Avon/Geldie/Ti...
by Howard
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 10508

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Weather is definitely looking "a bit wet"! Current plan for me is catch the first train rather than drive, so it is the 10am start for me too. Maybe a bit of banter in the car park before everyone rides away from me :cry:
by Howard
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 10508

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Might possibly have a passout for this weekend... There was talk of starting earlier (which as a slower rider would suit me!!). Is that still happening or is it just the normal 10am start?
by Howard
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

Ray Young wrote:Just got an email from Adrian Baskerville to say he finished last night so his time has now been added to the official finish time post.
Well Done Adrian - it was great riding with you on Tuesday morning. Looking forward to hearing where you stopped on Tuesday night!
by Howard
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

Anybody any news whether Adrian finished today? I was with him yesterday at the cafe at Ingram, and he'd just planned to get over the Cheviots and stop (he started from Kirk Yetholm on Tuesday morning), then finish today. If that's what he did, then today would have been a long hard day! Or maybe he...
by Howard
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

:-bd Well done all (I'm sick as a pig....) Thanks Phil. You definitely did miss out on some exceptional riding conditions - almost every "bog" was rideable. Not without it's drawbacks though - I ran out of water on Sunday (and I was carrying 3 litres) until I finally found a stream I was prepared t...
by Howard
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.
Replies: 63
Views: 13270

Re: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.

Good luck to all headed up to Peebles - I'm another one who's made my excuses already so will be dot watching instead :cry: Enjoy the dry and dusty trails (also very frustrated to be missing them!) and happy riding! Ollie P.S. Obviously drink lots given the weather but seeing as two (out of three) ...
by Howard
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.
Replies: 63
Views: 13270

Re: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.

'Fraid I'm out - knee needs some TLC (cartilage behind knee cap a bit iffy). Doing various stretches and strengthening stuff and OK to keep biking but not 350 miles and 39000ft climbing.... Have a good one folks. :-bd Sorry to hear that :sad: but a sensible decision. My rib now feels 99% so I'm goi...
by Howard
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.
Replies: 63
Views: 13270

Re: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.

...actually just checked Gregg's website and it says they don't open till 8am on Saturday? The Costa website says they open at 7am.... They are opposite each other so hopefully get something! :-bd
by Howard
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.
Replies: 63
Views: 13270

Re: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.

pushbikemike wrote:Peebles now has a Greggs and a Costa. Opening times are 7.00am/7.30am.
My feeding strategy requires a second breakfast at Greggs before rolling along to the start.

Phill - how’s the knee?
by Howard
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.
Replies: 63
Views: 13270

Re: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.

Ray, just been doing some route homework - the section between Bedrule and denholm has a vague bit between Dykesglen wood and Spittal tower - is this obvious on the ground or is it a case of following your nose? Phil, I did that bit when I did the Borders Abbeys Way a couple of months ago. It is pr...
by Howard
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

So I got an answer on how to link through to your individual history from the group page. If you set up an active, public trip, a link will show automatically. If you want to show the route map on your trip page, you need to have a kml of the route (which I can share) and add it as a track to your t...
by Howard
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

Ray Young wrote:Howard, your a star. With my ineptitude in all things technical I'd never have got that sorted.
:-bd Thanks - my worry is that by trying to give detailed instructions I've made it sound worse than it is... Let me know if you're fighting the technology and I'll help if I can.....
by Howard
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

OK, Here are the details for joining your spot to the Borders350 and 220 Spotwalla pages. 1) You obviously need a working Spot – people who are hiring/borrowing may have to get that all set up last minute, but there are plenty of other places where you can find out how to do that. You will need to c...
by Howard
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

Suppose you could call in sick on day 5 to say your knee is too sore to go into work ?? Anyway - Jason at Spotwalla is a star and we now have shiny pages just waiting to have dots crawling all over them :lol: The links are completely public and are https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=559 for...
by Howard
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

I have a number of other challenges to deal with before I commit..... Sounds ominous! I fell off my bike in Knoydart three weeks ago and did the same rib that forced me to drop out of the HT last year. I think I'll be ok to start, but if it goes during the ride I'm going to scratch instantly this t...
by Howard
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.
Replies: 63
Views: 13270

Re: 2018 Borders 350/Borders 220 group start, register now.

just in case anybody didn't notice Ray's post about spot tracker links, I'm offering to (try to) set up a shared event page..... see this thread http://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/phpBB ... 10&t=12441
by Howard
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 350/220 spot track links.
Replies: 37
Views: 7383

Re: Borders 350/220 spot track links.

I spoke to Ray and have offered to try to set up a location page on Spotwalla that anybody with a tracker could join. I contacted Spotwalla and they have confirmed it is free - but I do need to give them details etc, and then everyone has to join themselves so they are taking the decision on privacy...
by Howard
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2018
Replies: 518
Views: 65172

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2018

Well his dot’s not moved for a day and Trackleaders is showing him as scratched. Does anyone know if he’s still going?
by Howard
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 220
Replies: 10
Views: 1819

Re: Borders 220

Google is great, especially for little details and to save a car journey!, but sometimes it takes all the adventure out of a trip. I’m trying to stop myself using it too much (with mixed success :roll: )
by Howard
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Borders 220
Replies: 10
Views: 1819

Re: Borders 220

I'm very wary of guard dogs too, so had a look using Google. This link should take you to street view of the start of the track https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.5991592,-3.4508604,3a,41.5y,186.1h,77.39t/data=!3m9!1e1!3m7!1sfsmUmsYmz0fA7nbsBhDQbw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!9m2!1b1!2i32 You can see the same ...
by Howard
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2018
Replies: 518
Views: 65172

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2018

Go for it Mart. Ride safe and be in every moment. Even if you don't get the dot working on trackleaders, you can always post the link to your own spot page. People on here know the route pretty well!