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Ah, that sounds sub optimal. Enjoy it when you get back out there.
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Bearlegged wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2024 10:46 pm Ah, that sounds sub optimal. Enjoy it when you get back out there.
I will :-bd
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Sorry to hear that V, there is always next month / year!
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I'll echo Phil's sentiments Verena and will look forward to reading about your next bike n bivvy report once you've got back out there.
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BigRingGrinder wrote: Thu Jun 06, 2024 6:44 pm
JimmyG wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2024 11:21 pm
Edit: Looking back at these pics, it looks like I was out there on my own! :grin: It might not look it but trust me, there were 80 or 90-odd others!
Yes I was one of those other 80 or 90-odd others.

Great photos :-bd
Thanks BRG! I thought I wouldn't be the only 'boner in the event. I even wore my BB cycling cap at times in an attempt to draw him/her/you out into the open! :grin:
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Live bivvy in progress after a mighty fine road ride through the borders. I even successfully navigated my way through Edinburgh without getting splattered or accosted by Taylor swift fans :???:
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June....
I was wanting to visit my folks at the start of a 2 week holiday so figured a bike ride down there was the thing to do. I've played around with a few routes down, west-ish and east-ish so decided to take an option on both - down through the borders and then back via Northumberland. As per, the weather forecast was somewhat variable but stiff north westerlys would largely favour me so off we go. I had thought of using the GB duro route for the first bit but this was a bit out the way and would involve a couple of large dirt road passes. Instead I crossed the bridge and headed through Edinburgh via various cycleways, quiet streets and busy streets. A billion teenagers here to see some second rate fake popstar were successfully avoided....

Beyond the smoke I picked up a fine cycleway south which linked onto a series of backroads to the hills.

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Looking back across Midlothian to Embra - quite a nice route all in all. This was taken from the Moorfoot climb on the B709 - a fabulous B road which goes all the way to Langholm. This was my goal - to ride it in it's entirety, something I'd not actually ever done before. It's a cracker as most of it is largely empty of traffic, and the scenery is very pleasant.

Food was bought and eaten at Innerleithen, which now seems to be jam packed with full bounce e-bikes, the riders of which all seemed to scowl at me. I think they are trying too hard... South of Innerleithen is probably the nicest bit, over another largeish climb, then down through forestry and farm land to Tuishielaw. I stopped in the pub for a pint as I was way ahead of my predicted schedule and was already thinking of alternative bivvy spots to a potential tin shed I'd spied on aerial photos. A leisurely trundle up the Ettrick water followed. I spied the shed I'd planned to use but the wind had done for it so just as well I wasn't relying on it! There are a couple more nearby as well as Dryfhead and Greensykes bothies, but after a few sprinkles and plenty of big clouds around, the sky had cleared again so I figured a bivvy was the way to go.

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And you pass this - Samye Lings Tibetan Monastery. Watch out Budda, there's a big snake gonna get ya!
Soon after you pass the Eskdalemuir Schoolhouse cafe. I'd checked this out on line as I'd originally figured I'd get Sunday breakfast here, however it was now 6.30pm on Saturday. I knew the cafe would be long shut but the website went on about having a drinks license until 12am... It was a vane hope so imagine my grin when I saw that it was open for a pizza and pasta night! Oh yes, 2 slices and a bottle of ale please!

Some time later, I pedaled off under more dark clouds and an odd spot of rain. I piled into the first bit of woods and turned the bivvy radar full on. A bit of nosing around found a well sheltered spot in the trees. Up with the tarp and in, 148k done. Relaxation followed but there was an odd midge about so I kept in the bivvy bag.

It rained most of the night but eased off as I nibbled some (cold) breakfast and contemplated my next moves.

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An OK spot and the sun was shining on me as I left. More pleasant pedaling followed down the Esk to Langholm. This place was a major disappointment however as nothing was open. I'd hoped for a cafe at least but there was nowt. There wasn't even a Co-op which is very odd for such a place. The garage provided a coffee at least and fortunately I had plenty of snacks with me. So off again, along more back roads, my heart and stomach set on a cafe at Greenhead I'd spied on a motorbike trip earlier this year.

Some time later I arrived, only to find it was also shut on a Sunday!! Fortunately the village hall next door had a farmers market on with tea and coffee.

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The wall. There was actually a bit of cycleway up by the road which is impressive. Soon after I left this to drop into Haltwhistle where (thank Hadrian) there was a fab little cafe on the High street. Fried food and tea followed then it was more NCN to Alston. This was (mostly) good but typical NCN - lots of good route but with odd crap bits that spoiled it somewhat.

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This viaduct was a belter but someone had extended there garden over the old line beyond it so you had to scramble down some steps and up a steep hill to the main road. Along this for a bit then a steep descent back to 100 yards from the viaduct... Hey ho. Further frustrations came in the form of yet another random puncture - no thorn or glass or nails, just some unknown spike jabbing into the tyre and a spray of sealant. Despite a small hole it wouldn't seal so I had to ram a plug in, which enlarged the hole so the plug didn't, so I had to ram another one in, which didn't seal, etc etc.

More gravelling followed and a nice back road to Alston, then it was up the fearsome climb over to Yad Moss, reminiscing over many ski escapades here in my youth.

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Looking down Teesdale and contemplating nigh on 13 miles of tailwind assisted descent.

One last heave out of Teasdale and then another 10 mile descent to West Auckland and a short hop to Mum and Dad's from there, 167k done.

After a couple of days of hard labour at Mum and Dads, I came home, but in the face of another iffy forecast and the opportunity of a cheap train ticket home I took the easy option. Azuma trains bike spaces are ****

I fought my way out of Embra and finally contemplated the fair kingdom of Fife....

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Usual high standard of jape there :-bd . Felt your frissons of disappointment with the Langholm area sustenance deficiencies - "aw come on guys, whaddya mean no shop?" - uplifted by the random farmers market and relief at Haltwhistle. All been in that situation I think :smile: .
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I don't often bother with cafes these days as they are mainly so over priced. But when I do, I seem to be thwarted! Schoolhouse cafe in Eskdalemuir is definitely worth a visit if your ever up here Reg
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June BAM completed in-between trips, more on them when I get home as still on the road.

Caught the 'train' replacement coach from Inverness to Thurso at the end of our first route. The girl behind me tipped us off about log cabin in the woods on the road up to Dunnet Head. Great location and meant we didn't need to pack up wet tents for a change.

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Even had tables to prepare breakfast.

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Luckily we'd packed away by the time the first dog walkers came by but I think they knew we'd slept there and didn't seem to care, it was left as we found it.

Rode up to Dunnet Head in a very strong headwind to start our next route.
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Live Summer Solstice BaM In Progress! Sadly the only nude dancing at midnight will be in my head :sad: .

Tour round the local woods. Blimey, maybe the little people are out and dancing after all because there seems to be nobody at home....

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Obligatory MuddyPete ("sadly he can't be with us tonight...") logs photo.... er, "keep of the logs"?

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Animal graves hidden deep in the woods.....

Timothy...

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Barney...

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Patch....

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Topsy....

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Hugh..... and presumably Pugh, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb are around here somewhere too!

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Well what's this? A record for the smallest bivvy shed? What a cracker! Let's go for it...

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Compact and bijou... feet sticking out but at least no rain forecast... fingers crossed... just hope I don't get visited by the Ghost Of Patsy in the night!

6/6, 6/12, 103/103

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Looks a bit marginal that Reg, a half shed!
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Good job I've only got half a body - 10st puny specimen etc etc :smile: .
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Another solstice night out for me. 5 of us went for a gentle jaunt to the pub then the woods, 4 of us stayed out for the night. It was great having some company - I think of all my bivvies in the last two years, only 2 have had company (including Reg's century expedition) prior to last night. It was lovely sitting around gently blethering in the warm evening air. A really good* night's sleep meant I actually slept/dozed until my usual 7am alarm went off.
Tying in nicely with the BaM theme, I realised I was wearing my BAM pants, and when I got to the bakery in the morning, the radio was playing "Sweet Home AlaBAMa".

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Bearlegged wrote: Fri Jun 21, 2024 10:28 am Another solstice night out for me. 5 of us went for a gentle jaunt to the pub then the woods, 4 of us stayed out...
Classic night in the woods; 5 went in, only 4 came out.... :shock: :lol:
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June Bivvy. All good so far this year...
Local ride up to the Pennine Way above Marsden. Black Moss Reservoir. We often pass it on our mountain bikes.
Yorkshire water are doing some work and have constructed an amazing "sleeping platform"

First the Insta shot...
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Then the reality, as the forecast was due for rain, up against a stack of building materials with the old faithful 'Ruby Rectangle' tarp
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Was half packed to go out on Monday night. However, I ended up on a Zoom with the rest of my family giving them my news, it was too late and I was too wiped out; so I just went to bed. Had the bike all packed up and ready to roll so I could head out after ice skating last night. Didn't skate the whole session and was falling asleep in the car while waiting for daughter to finish her shift. So I just went to bed when I got home. I'm just feeling a bit wiped out, with no motivation to do anything.

Chatting to Daughter this morning, and she and her girlfriend both have "colds", as do half the staff at the ice rink. I was in a car with them both on Friday for an extended period of time, so maybe there's another reason for my general lack of get up and go at the moment. Anyhoo, I go on call for a week at 14:00, so might have to get creative with that roller BAM.
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Boab wrote: Wed Jun 26, 2024 10:47 am might have to get creative with that roller BAM.
Often when the best ones happen of course. Good luck with it :-bd .
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June BaM. Last weekend herself said she was out most of Tuesday and Wednesday so why don't I go out on my bivvy ride, definitely a keeper, that one. My plan was to get a train to Styal to pick up a British Cycle Quest (BCQ) clue and then head back home via the Buxton area collecting some tiles at the edge of my VeloViewer square area. It turns out a train and broken down between Derby and Stoke so all trains were cancelled so I caught a Matlock train instead. I set off on the White Peak Loop to and beyond Bakewell to where I met Reg a couple of months ago and then to the end where the trail meets the A6. The next section is incomplete but anyway Ihat to push up a short steep pitch to Cowlow and then did a bit of a circuit collecting a few tiles before heading eastwards. I realised just off the route was an 'Ethel' one of the PDNP peaks so I got off the bike and wandered across to the trig point. By the time I was getting to Tideswell it was about 6pm and I was going to get a meal. It was a beautiful evening and all the pubs seemed to have plenty of people sitting outside them. The well dressings were all decorated so I thought I would head to Litton which would be quieter. This was a mistake, it was Litton night with bands, a small funfair, classic cars and a disco later on. The pub was not doing food, busy enough with drink, but there were a couple of vans. I had two burgers and a pint of local LPA and took it all in. As my original plans were gone due to the train cancellation I ended up taking the easy way out and headed to a local shed I stayed in last December.

I was up by 0500 after not a lot of sleep and headed down to Millers Dale station (the toilets here seem to be open all night which is nice to know, third time I have been here at odd hours). From here I just went down the trail to Matlock and grabbed porridge, muffin and coffee at McD's before catching a train back to Derby.

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Nice little circuit that.
Blackhound wrote: Thu Jun 27, 2024 2:24 pm short steep pitch to Cowlow
That's a so-and-so that one is! Last visit I came down Woo Dale next door which is much gentler and quiet too.

Useful to know re Millers Dale karzis.

Shed - glad to know it's still giving sterling service :-bd
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Reg, I looked at Woodale, a little further west, but was unsure about access. The lower bit from the A6 has no designation on my map and higher up it is a FP (even though the map makes it appear to be a track) so decided to play safe. I will give it a try next time. Yes, second time in the shed, I could hear the disco down the road!
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At one o'clock this morning a fox stole my shoe. Then it came back for me.

The month wearing on and the weekends all taken up with other activities this was my first mid-week bivi. I'd had plans for a reservoir twenty or so miles out of town but that was in the wrong direction. Similarly the tides times for Cramond Island wouldn't work for work this morning so instead I headed up to my local trig point.
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It was windy and a bit wet but I found a sort of sheltered spot near an old pond and, having disturbed a family of ducks, set up my tarp.
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Tonight's experiment was my thinnest sleeping bag with a liner which was a sod to get into but perfectly warm. And so I settled down to sleep.

It was windy though. The wind howled though the shafts and dishes of the radio tower above my head and the tarp flapped incessantly. Could have done with a few more pegs. I slept though, on and off, until with no word of a lie something bit my toe.

There was a young fox at the entrance to the tarp looking at me as if to say "What are you going to do about it?". We stared at each other for about half an hour but it must have been at least five seconds, before I hissed at it and it ran off, slowly, indicating it might be back.

At which point I saw my shoe about ten metres away, the shoe which had been right next to my head.

The rest of the night continued fitful and breezy but if young foxy was still around I didn't see it again.

Up and away by 6am and home feeling somewhat bemused. Still, in other news the cobbled together bike that made the Ride To The Sun in 100.5 miles turns out to be excellent for bikepacking.
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Got out for a bonus bivi last night. Nice to be riding in the evening rather than the heat of the day, it was 25 deg on the way home from work. Nowhere exciting, just to my favourite spot in my favourite woods.

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The cliffs at Freshwater with Old Harry Rocks just visible in beyond. I do love how in summer it's possible to have hardly any stuff :grin: If I'd taken the bivi bag instead of the hammock and slept in my riding clothes I could have got everything in just the bar bag.

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Just in the woods on the eastern edge so got the sun first thing. Despite the thermometer saying a low of 12 I was a bit chilly in the night but there was a fresh breeze coming through. I'll take the underquilt protector next time as it weighs next to nothing and makes quite a difference. I had a cumulus 120 UQ and a 150 TQ.

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I even made the effort to have breakfast and coffee.

And the reason for this extra night out? Well, I'd set myself the target of a hammock BAM this year so needed June's hammock night. Also, I realised with all the nights out in Scotland that one more would make 15 this month, that's 50% of the month spent out :grin:

6/12 months and 27 nights out this year to date.
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Polisherman and I decided to go and see what Colorado had to offer this month (June). We were there for 3 weeks with the idea of having a go at the Sage and Saddles bikepacking route from Gunnison in the middle week. This route is 357km, with 6334m of ascent, with a high point of 3710m; so we spend the first week acclimatising to the altitude and heat before setting off in week two.

The first day was one of pedalling through the sage dessert on gravel tracks with no shade and huge wide open vistas.
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We arrived at the hospitable Cathedral Cabins (bikepackers' resupply) where we planned to camp only to be told by the owners that they were having regular nightly visits from a bear so, being wimps, we opted for a cabin. This was a good call as Polisherman was suffering from heatstroke (despite having bought a sun shirt specially for the trip) so was able to spend most of the evening in a cold shower eating ice-cream.

Day two was even hotter and more desserty than day 1 and we were pining for the mountains which still looked a long way off.
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We both decided that riding on gravel (something we're not used to) is exceptionally hard work and definitely not "fluffy". We eventually found a passable camping spot in some trees at the start of the pass over to Pitkin - our next resupply point. We had great fun trying to hang our food etc out of the reach of bears for the night which was a new skill we became better at as the trip went on (bear hang can just be seen in aspen tree at top of picture).
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Day three saw us rolling in to Pitkin (a small, remote town with a silver mining history) in time for breakfast.
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Breakfast was rather disappointing as the Stumbling Moose bar was closed and the general stores, though very friendly, didn't really understand the British concept of breakfast. The weather had taken a turn for the worse by this point and it was raining so we decided to have a rest day at the Pitkin campsite as the next stage of the journey involved two high mountain passes (Williams and Tin Cup) and we could ride in the mist and rain any day back home. This also enabled us to sample the delights on offer at the Stumbling Moose later in the day, where we were told by the locals that there was "no way in hell" we would be able to ride our bikes over Williams and Tin Cup passes as there would be too much snow. We must take the easier Cumberland Pass which had been cleared for vehicles a few days earlier.

Being independently minded people, we decided that we needed to see for ourselves what the state of the passes were and whether they were doable by bike, so set off in high good spirits on day four for Williams Pass. The scenery was stunning and the riding more varied as we wound our way up to the top of the pass over a number of snow patches increasing in size and softness as the day wore on.
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We smugly congratulated ourselves on reaching the summit in the early afternoon with the prospect of a relatively straightforward roll down to the next valley. Unfortunately we hadn't clocked that the northern slopes of the pass would be holding more snow which was by now so soft we were sinking thigh deep with every step. Polisherman had lost his sense of humour by now and it didn't take long before the decision was made to backtrack all we had done so far that day and head over Cumberland Pass instead. Camp was made in an idyllic, shady, mosquito infested spot by the river at the start of the next pass.
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On day five we successfully crossed the mountains to the town of Tin Cup (an even smaller and more remote mining town) via the very straightforward Cumberland Pass.
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We lunched, rather heavily, at Frenchy's Place on beefburgers and Tin Cup pie. As can be seen in the picture, Polisherman fell in love with his burger.
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We then spent the afternoon riding up and over Slaughterhouse Gulch which we had been warned was very difficult but in fact was great fun after all the gravel. Our final camp was in the best camping spot of the trip - a pine shaded wild flower meadow - although Polisherman was a bit concerned over the amount of, what he thought might be, moose poo in the area. As we didn't actually encounter any moose that night we googled "moose poo" after the trip and decided they were probably cow pats.
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Day six (the final day) produced the best riding and views of the whole trip, as well as a proper Bear Bones hike-a-bike sting in the tail on very tired legs.
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On rolling back into Gunnison on that very hot afternoon we both agreed that, although it had been disappointing to not be able to get over Williams and Tin Cup passes, it had been a great adventure and a very worthwhile route. For me the highlight was the wonderfully varied wildflowers on display throughout the route. I have to take this opportunity to thank Polisherman for his patience and tolerance of my many stops for pictures - here are a few examples for those interested:
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All together now "Oooooh, are Welsh tussocks and rain not good enough for you?!"
Looks a fab trip and in light of the TD2024 Bears discussion, very brave. :-bd

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