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by JoseMcTavish
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78690

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Thanks, was one of those overnighters that just came together nicely, apart from nodding off at my desk in the afternoon!
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 5895

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

What do you mean "Hopefully"? You've got a top IT pro working on your tracking team! :ugeek:
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78690

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Yet another late catch up post! July's effort for 7/7 was a work night bivy where I actually headed out before 8pm for a pleasant change. My aim was to leave myself with about a 50km ride to work for the morning, so I wouldn't have to set out too early. The nights were still long, so I had plenty of...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorm Loops 300
Replies: 25
Views: 1907

Re: Cairngorm Loops 300

At the very least, you all provided me with some entertainment, as I was avidly watching your trackers to see if anyone was going to get across! I initially though Jon was being a muppet and heading up the wrong glen, until I checked yours too and figured it was water woes...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 2979

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

Nae bother, should be a nice section of your ride - I love that bit of the North!
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 2979

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

They've chosen a track East from the Crask Inn that I've been wondering about trying to fit into a Flow Country tour. I'll likely be trying it out next month. It wasn't too bad when I passed through in a dry summer - bit of a carry at the Bealach and probably a nice descent down to the loch from th...
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 5895

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Sounds like a sensible call. I think the rain is due to ease later, but the Fords of Avon will still be very dicey too, I'd imagine. Looks like Howard got across, but Jon is on his way back too.
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 5895

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Looks like everyone’s being held up near Gaick lodge at the crossing - the water must be mental as you can normally ride across! JayTwizzles tracker:

http://highlanddrifter.com/live-tracking
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's the weekend got in store?
Replies: 65
Views: 2487

Re: What's the weekend got in store?

I normally help out with that event. For a few years I was the singer, de-signer (which meant I was always at the tale end of the ride as I can't take the signs in until the last rider is through). Last couple of years I've been a travelling mechanic, on a yellow Suzuki. I gave it a miss this year ...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's the weekend got in store?
Replies: 65
Views: 2487

Re: What's the weekend got in store?

Same as every year, I'll be doing Ride the North. Two days of roads swamped with roadies is the exact opposite of my normal preference, but we always have a good group from work together and a meal in Elgin the Saturday night, so it's nice to be a sociable cyclist for a change!
by JoseMcTavish
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop
Replies: 24
Views: 1436

Re: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop

I enjoyed that too, thanks for posting - brought back lots of traumatic memories! :wink:
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: 6 Days in Southern California
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: 6 Days in Southern California

:-bd from me too, really enjoyed reading that.
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78690

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Not done July yet, but June was a short ride up the coast line to the North of Aberdeen for a beach on a work night. Unfortunately the casual last minute nature of this one resulted in me leaving my phone sitting in the garage, so no pictures till I got back! I also decided to try out bivying withou...
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hunt gravel wheels, any opinions?
Replies: 11
Views: 816

Re: Hunt gravel wheels, any opinions?

Not the specific wheels you're looking at but I have been running the Hunt Aero Light Disc wheels on my bike for the last three years and haven't had an issue, despite using them through some minging weather at times. It's a good package too, with a spoke key, qr adaptors and spare spokes the correc...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78690

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

My May bivy for 5/5 was a big 237km ride from Aberdeen to Fort William to retrieve my car after using it to ferry me and some friends across the country for a coast to coast ride the week before. Rather than just set out early and do it in a oner, I took it as a chance to knock out my May BAM by hea...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Loch Ericht Shore trail
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: Loch Ericht Shore trail

That is some great trail intel - something I meant to check out sometime, but now I don't have to! :wink:
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78690

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

I'm well behind on posting my bivies, so here is April, for 4/4 which was a late night excursion to pick up some VVE squares before bivying in a wee forest near Midmar. No tarp required: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_4600-1280-768x576.jpg Some squares required offroad div...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Sorry - my fault for resurrecting last year's due to my OCD!
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Purely admin for the sake of completeness and proof when I get round to ordering a badge for last year :grin: October near Ryvoan: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/IMG_3288-1280-768x576.jpg http://highlanddrifter.com/bam-2018-october November near Midmar: http://highlanddrifter....
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Those SOL bivvy bag things
Replies: 51
Views: 2753

Re: Those SOL bivvy bag things

Back to the original question, I used my SOL Escape Bivvy for the first time without any sleeping bag for my June bivy and it worked quite nicely. I wore a lightweight down jacket and had some knee warmers which I slid down to cover the gap between my shorts and socks. Just had an uninsulated Klymit...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Laminating printed maps
Replies: 34
Views: 1637

Re: Laminating printed maps

I used to go the lamination route but folding them was a pain and if using them for cycling you ended up with a fair bit of bulk on long distance rides. I eventually reverted to using those clear binder things (poly-pockets?)for sticking in folders. You can lob two sheets or more back to back inside...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal
Replies: 22
Views: 1332

Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Can also recommend the Kalf Terra shorts - dead comfy, not too flappy or long.
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your bike collection
Replies: 76
Views: 4527

Re: Your bike collection

My collection is mainly predicated by my inability to let go of a bike that still works! Not many exciting things here, but all well used. On One Inbred 26" - Had this one the longest. I got the frame 2nd hand in 2004 and built it up with the intention to ride the GDMBR on it - haven't quite managed...
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: HT550 2019
Replies: 36
Views: 3362

Re: HT550 2019

Thanks for sharing that brutally honest account of your ride - I think you definitely made the right decision in the circumstances. I remember having a wee chat with you along Loch Lyon last year and thinking "what a nice guy" - you've just confirmed my suspicion! :smile:
by JoseMcTavish
Sun May 26, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 514
Views: 32214

Re: Highland Trail 2019

This is making me feel much less gutted about not riding again this year - good luck to all those persevering through the conditions, hope they stay safe. This is very similar to the Cairngorms Loop a couple of years back where I was 3rd man home and also last due to the humongous scratch list that ...