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Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Dammit Jim! Another lovely image while I'm sat here in the grimy and presently very wet Bolton area. That's another blooming star on my Google map of places I want to go. As, when, if this bloody Covid sods off I'm gunna be busy.
09/10/2020 08:41:54 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ah, Jim, the Pass of the Cattle. A treat on a good day. Not that I've seen it on a good day.
Pictures will be required.

09/10/2020 11:13:21 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Yes, those who complain about France being wet have obviously never been to the Highlands.....
09/10/2020 04:35:31 UTC
ROD said :-
Fitted my handlebar muffs, and zipped in my winter linings today.
Winter is coming!
Just hope we do not get new travel restrictions.
09/10/2020 09:23:47 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Aaaahhh winter. Winter winter winter. Long dark chilly nights. The rain turns from merely cold to blooming freezing. Away go the shorts and out come the thermals. So many layers and scarves that climbing onto the bike leaves you breathless. Fingers so frozen lever operation is terrifying. Drops of dew drip from your nose. Dazzling headlights on misted visors. The fear of hidden ice.

Thanks for that ROD...

I'm trying (and failing) to think positively. Maybe there'll be less fireworks this year? Maybe there won't be those daft chaotic Black Friday sales? What if the pubs are closed New Year's Eve?
10/10/2020 10:18:39 UTC
Sharon said :-
Last weekend we had a ride up to Derwent Reservoir and on the way back Ren found this little twisty gem of a back road. Scariest hairpin I have ever done. Thank the lucky clover I was in the right gear for once. Yes first gear needed for this steep hairpin. Certainly got the heartbeat elevated so yes motorbiking counts as excerise.
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10/10/2020 04:24:28 UTC
Upt'North said :-
What should I do, what should I do, 50 degrees at most until November, plenty of rain in the forecast, and cold northerly wind. Nicola says day rides north are just about impossible without a bladder the size of a beach ball and do I really want to ride south to all the normal places, AGAIN.
Roads are damp, cold, leaf and farmers detritus covered.
Put it to bed, leave it ready to ride.
A picture speaks a thousand words.

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11/10/2020 09:54:02 UTC
Borsuk said :-
There are several reasons that I relocated to Spain.

The weather in Scotland was not actually a factor but now I have been here long enough it is a serious con to the thought of ever going back to live permanently in Scotland.
It gets cold here in the mountains and it gets wet,but it seldom gets cold and wet at the same time for long periods.
Even in the middle of winter there are still bikes to be seen discovering the local roads on dry sunny days.
I don't think many people over here lay their bikes up for the winter.
11/10/2020 08:38:37 UTC
Jim said :-
Do what me and the Traction Improver do - ride wherever we like, take a flask and learn to pee in the woods. Today we went to Kinlochleven, a fantastic loop of road I’d never visited before. Glencoe was breathtaking. I have put the Thunderbird away for the winter, so we’ll just have to get by with the GSX1250 until spring comes. We’ll ride through the winter, just got to pick the days.
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11/10/2020 08:39:13 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oh Upt', here's me planning a ride to the Wooler area to see you out and about on the BeaST and you've put it to bed for the winter! Do you SORN the bike and perhaps even cancel the insurance? I do, kinda, sorta get it but for the cost I think it's still worth having the bike ready to go. You don't HAVE to ride it on the cold and wet days, just dig it out the garage when the sun comes out and the mood takes you.

Boruk - Just... just shurrup about how lovely Spain is even in the winter. Git. As punishment I think you should be forced to live in Glasgow again and work on the docks through winter. Urgh, that must be a tough old job that.

Jim - You sir are doing this on purpose! I found the Kinlochleven in 2008 and as you point out, it's a cracker. Just a beautiful scenic ride with the small town at the far end of the loch. Aaaaaah natch, I really wanna go back. Grrrrr!
11/10/2020 09:01:42 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Nice picture Jim.
Probably wrong, but Buachaille Etive Mor?
Kinlochleven is a nice spot, not so much the village but the scenery round about. Walked through it on the West Highland Way in a previous life and stayed in a tin roofed Bothy there for a week sometime in the 90's. Rain on a tin roof can do strange things to a man after a week. It was either that or the numerous bottle of Whyte and Mackay. Or both.
No Ed, not sorned, let's hope for an early spring, which up here will be about June!
Does anyone else think it's been Autumn since June?

11/10/2020 11:34:11 UTC
Jim said :-
Spot on, Upt - Buachaille Etive Mor indeed. Unmistakeable mind you, nothing else looks quite like it. The light was amazing today, the photo doesn’t come close to doing it justice. Kinlochleven was OK, there’s a visitor thingy called The Aluminium Story that we didn’t have time for but might be interesting - the scale of the hydroelectric works to support the smelter is staggering.
12/10/2020 12:21:15 UTC
nab301 said :-
I love the look of that retro Honda, reminds me of the look of a carbed Hinckley Bonneville I had for a short time not so long ago , although its ergonomics just didn't suit me and it was a heavy lump.
12/10/2020 08:52:01 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Talking about little bikes (which we weren't) how about this.....

A 2 stroke to boot!
20/10/2020 12:33:03 UTC
Ross said :-
Oooh! Want, want, want! Sounds good too! Sorry Ren...
20/10/2020 03:30:56 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I was liking that bike right up to the point he started it then a little bit of vomit came up into my mouth.

Ian - you want to be able to edit. You need to help me overcome some technical difficulties...

Usernames/Passwords. Usernames are typically an email address which is classed as personal information under the GDPR rules. I have zero interest in becoming registered for GDPR and as such the storage of email addresses is sub-optimal. Passwords - most people will usually use the same password for a blog like this as they use for their bleeding bank account. I know how to encrypt passwords perfectly well but if the likes of Equifax can be hacked then a one-man-blog in spite of my best efforts can be hacked too.

I could offer users who apply via email a username and password combination. I would ensure the password is incredibly long and nonsensical to ensure they don't try and use the same password for their blooming bank account but lets face this - I can't guarantee that.

This is what I'm struggling with. I cannot absolutely guarantee total security for this site.

I'm open to thoughts and suggestions here.
20/10/2020 04:54:17 UTC
Upt'North said :-
My thought and suggestion is I'm putting the kettle on, tea and homemade Biccies time.
Not sure that's what you were asking though.
20/10/2020 05:26:25 UTC
Jim said :-
Here’s one of many from today’s run over the Bealach Na Ba, then round by Shieldaig. Took all day due to stopping every 5 minutes to wonder at the views. Traction Improver above Shieldaig looking towards Torridon.
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20/10/2020 06:38:27 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Thanks Jim and TI, the Torridon Hills are just so, aren't they?
20/10/2020 06:46:25 UTC
Jim said :-
My new favourite road, Upt’.
20/10/2020 06:51:44 UTC

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