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 Post subject: Inside for a Warm
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:17 am 
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Well, and to get dry, really.

Just back from a tour, including Kinross, Falkirk, Edinburgh (briefly - sorry we didn't arrange to meet up with anyone, but we were really just passing through one lunchtime), East Midlands, East Anglia, lots of wind and bucketloads of rain. We averaged 55km a day, which isn't bad, considering we stopped more than one night in three different places.

Tents didn't dry properly until we got to Mildenhall, and we even got rained on there. But we had fun, and almost managed 100km yesterday.

Tandem is filthy. The Stoker is tired and happy and much more confident. Butterfly too, and she's got to work with a pair of bairns today.

Highlights:
Excellent driving in Fife
Riding round Loch Leven
Falkirk Wheel
Kind hospitality
Cake and fellowship at Mildenhall
South Suffolk's rolling countryside
Excellent cafe at Clare
Britain's worst cafe food at the Green Welly Cafe, Chatteris (yes, it was so awful it was funny enough to be a highlight).

Low points:
Stupid stupid train guard at Edinburgh
Grantham Station, and the inability to get on a train from there
Bailing at Melton Mowbray after only 30 miles of wet wet wet riding
Night in a hotel at Peterborough

Not the weather I was expecting for an August tour, but we did all we needed to, and only wimped out on 30 miles and one night under canvas.

And it's good to be back.

Jarvis, could you manage tea for two? And toasted teacakes, if you would.

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 Post subject: Re: Inside for a Warm
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:44 pm 
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Certainly, sir. Any preference as to blend? I believe there is some Russian Caravan in the kitchen, or perhaps some Assam? I shall fetch the butter while sir considers.


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 Post subject: Re: Inside for a Warm
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:37 pm 
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You should have said you were in the area. I'd have made the effort!

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 Post subject: Re: Inside for a Warm
PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:22 am 
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Yeah. I'm really sorry. There are so many great people in and around Edinburgh I want to see it would take weeks. You're up there, top of the list.

And there's some cracking riding round there I want to come back for.

But we were just passing through - we'd stayed at a very wet Beecraigs near Linlithgow, and had to get to Nottingham by the end of the day. As it was, we had an arsehole causing problems at Waverley, and the complete impossibility of taking a tandem out of Grantham by train, so we were riding in the dark round the overwiggly back roads of Notts avoiding the A52 (DETH), and only got to where we were staying (with folk we'd never met before) after 10pm. Whoops!

Edinburgh is now in the plans for future. But not Festival time, eh? And maybe in a drier time... :roll:

Oh, and Jarvis, my usual Yorkshire Tea would be perfect. Butterfly may prefer an Earl Grey, thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Inside for a Warm
PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:16 pm 
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I thought it had been fairly dry for the last couple of weeks. Since I'm doing a stupid commute at the moment I would notice rain at the times I'm out. ;)

I didn't spot any tandems recently so I didn't bump into you. :/


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 Post subject: Re: Inside for a Warm
PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:04 pm 
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clarion wrote:
Edinburgh is now in the plans for future. But not Festival time, eh? And maybe in a drier time... :roll:



A good call, unless you're interested in festival stuff. We're gradually getting our city back now the Fringe is over ...

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