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Longest Day Ride

Post by Steve T » Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:02 pm

Had planned a run north to wild camp over the night of no darkness . . . but forecast heavy thunderstorms saw common sense prevail . . . so I just went out and rode some more local to me roads . . .
Genral Wades Rd Tomintoul
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Somewhere near Gairnsheil :D
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Balmoral Estate
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High point at Glenshee ski centre
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Forest of Mar - west of Braemar
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Linn of Dee
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Near Crathie
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Managed to avoid all the downpours - more by luck than judgement - but some of the miles I covered were over rain soaked roads. roads wet & me dry = happyness

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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by Asgard » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:15 pm

What A beautifull area :)
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Post by Teflon Jnr » Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:57 pm

Beautiful pics and report I'm a little jealous
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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by Spike941 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:09 pm

Reminds me of my first bike trip to Scotland, when 40 years ago today, well last night to be exact, I camped on the headland just east of John O Groats with a bottle of something, and watched as sunset merged into sunrise. Unforgettable, as was the puncture the following day, then the 12 hour ride back south in torrential rain the day after.

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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by daveuprite » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:55 am

Really nice pics

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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by macvisual » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:34 am

Steve, loving the photos and report, you live in a beautiful location...!! Bliss

Where did you pick up the front fork gaiters ?

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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by HoboBeemer » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:00 am

Superb,


What is the situation in Scotland ref riding on unpaved roads?, am I correct in thinking that "Green laining" is not a thing up there or maybe I just imagined I heard that?.

I am trying to get a route planned for when Scotland opens up again, I will be on a GS and would like to find some off road sections like fire roads etc that I can use to find wild camping stops easy, do you have a resource or start point that I could look into?.

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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by Nico-D » Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:12 am

What a beautiful country. Scotland is still on my list of 'must visit properly on a bike' before I'm too old...

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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by boboneleg » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:25 am

Excellent Steve, if I ever make it that far north you've got to tske me on some of those 'roads' :)
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Re: Longest Day Ride

Post by Steve T » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:56 pm

Thanks for the kind words chaps :D

Bob - the time of year kind of determines how far I wander "off-piste" up here, not wanting to provide target practice for errant game keepers :shock: ;) . Plus most are so short you'd never get up enough speed to "Braaaaap" me :mrgreen: , But it would be my pleasure to provide you with a guided tour of various dirty alternative rides ;) . Jims got a few he likes as well :D

HoboBeemer - there is no legal access to off road riding up here without the landowners permission and thus there is no "starting point" for you to use as a reference for dirt riding. I use an open gate policy, taking the chance of an entertaining, one way discussion with an irrate land owner/estate worker.
I know of only a couple of public roads this far north that are so broken you are really off road riding :roll: , but I'd prefer not to disclose their whereabouts as even local use is leading to the threat of de-listing them from the public road register, leading them to become private land and thus out-of-bounds.

Peter - One of the local dealers got them for me after I'd provided the dimensions. They are rubber, thus not prone to cracking as quickly as plastic ones.

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