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Hi Jim

Well spotted, I have alot of favourite benches to have my lunch on, this is one of the better ones.
Out on my big strom today here's a few pics
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17/04/2021 21:23:02 UTC
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17/04/2021 21:23:39 UTC
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17/04/2021 21:24:26 UTC
crofty said :-
350 miles today, best days riding for a couple of years
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17/04/2021 21:25:53 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I guess you are rather enjoying the 250 crofty! It warms my bitter heart to see your images, but fear not, envy and spite soon return as I realise it's just not fair. It shudda bin me!!

Ride safe squire.

18/04/2021 07:27:12 UTC
crofty said :-
Thanks Ren, hopefully you'll get up here soon.

18/04/2021 07:56:05 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Crofty, nice pics.
When it's nice it's nice.
If that's Spean Bridge, we've stayed just down the lane towards the Caledonian Canal on one trip, The Pines I think. I also think it was around 2010 on the CBF.
I do like the WeeStrom.

18/04/2021 10:06:56 UTC
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Yes its that area, the A86 leading into Spean Bridge.
The last pic is the Commando Memorial just to the North of Spean Bridge.

18/04/2021 12:20:55 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Crofty, curiosity got the better of me, it was May 2009 and we were on the CBF.
Photographic proof is provided.
Although this was the night before on the West Coast. God the West Coast is preddy.

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18/04/2021 16:33:29 UTC
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Yes when you get the weather its world class.
That looks like the view from Arisaig across to Eigg & Rum. Hopefully not long to go now before we can travel

18/04/2021 21:03:54 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
RIGHT!! Well if we're doing the "Lovely images of motorcycles in Bonny Scotland" then... Oh we can also play "Name that place"
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19/04/2021 07:58:48 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Regarding - ahem... "BATFest"

Crikey I never would have thunk I'd ever be considering this and yet here I am.

Venue. Ullapool in many ways is ideal. It has a campsite for those who prefer tents, caravans and campervans. It has several hotels + BnBs for those preferring more civilised accommodation. It has several pubs in which to gather if the weather proves inclement. It also revels in some of the UK's most beeeeeyoootiful environs.

The major drawback is the remote location. It is almost as far away as you can get from anywhere else in mainland Blighty. If anyone knows of an equally suitable small town then I'm all ears. Think - campsite close by (walking distance), hotels and shelter from the unpredictability of the elements.

If (and it's a big if) I do manage to pull this off then think of it as nothing more than a humble gathering. Come if you can or want, or don't. Use a bike, a bicycle, a car, a van or a lorry. Tent, caravan, Winnebago, Airbnb or 5 star hotel. I plan nothing more than a handful of readers of a blog being in the same area at the same time.

Anyhow that's my starter for 10.

19/04/2021 08:18:41 UTC
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19/04/2021 08:32:00 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Are we talking of the Dent near Seburgh CrazyFrog? I know the area OKish but not Dent specifically. However Google maps shows me a tiny village with a caravan and camping site at one end and Conder Farm campsite at the other. There's a couple of pubs. There's also a small BnB listed on Booking.com and while Dent is tiny there's plenty of other accommodation a short drive away. Well suggested squire.

Edit - There's glamping pods a half mile away too.

19/04/2021 10:08:28 UTC
Jim said :-
Excellent! Ullapool and frankly most of the West Coast offer a biking experience that I've yet to find matched elsewhere. But as you say Ren, it's a long haul if you're coming from the South. An alternative Scottish destination that fits the bill would be Aberfeldy. Bang in the middle of Perthshire, and ideally placed for day rides to Deeside, Glencoe, Grampians, the Trossachs and just about anywhere else for those of an iron-butt disposition. And not much more than an hour's ride from the Forth Bridge. Yorkshire Dales also sounds like a good call, CrazyFrog.

19/04/2021 10:13:29 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Aberfeldy again seems like a good suggestion Jim. There's a large campsite at one end, a few hotels, self catering, shops and several pubs. I'm learning a lot of useful stuff here actually. Here in Blighty (unlike France (que Ian...)) most campsites are way out of town. That's fine until after a long ride followed by some time to pitch, I don't necessarily desire kitting up for another long ride into town to get food and supplies. Even if I don't choose your suggestions they're all going into my map of good campsites.

19/04/2021 11:12:19 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Talking of the good'ol days.....just renewed the BeaST insurance.....£10.00 less than last year.
I'm not ignoring the thread on a group visitation Ed, I'll just see how it Pan's (see what I did there) out.

19/04/2021 13:06:57 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
It's chit-chat Upt' not a focused dedicated forum. I don't do "keep to the thread" as you well know. Sharon's just got her renewal through and unlike my own experience her insurance company has given a good quote. My experience is whatever I paid last year, add AT LEAST 50%, go online find cheaper quotes, call to cancel only to find they can magically, amazingly beat that quote! Well who'da thought eh, worra shocker.

19/04/2021 14:49:52 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Mine was £3 more than last year but at just over £100 for 2 bikes with agreed value, full UK & EU breakdown cover I'm not complaining.

19/04/2021 16:07:38 UTC
Bogger said :-
Ref BATfest. Matlock rugby club have allowed us to camp there on a number of occasions. Nice flat mown grass. We had use of the clubhouse, toilets and showers (all pre Covid).
The Rugby club is actually at Cromford about 2 miles out of Matlock. There is a local train station about 10 mins walk from the camping area. So if you wanted to catch a train into Matlock itself not problem and a return ticket was under £3.00.
You can make as much noise as you want as it's fairly isolated. It was cheap and it's located centrally in the country with ace local roads.
Not recommending just saying as another decent possible option.


20/04/2021 13:18:33 UTC

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