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    Scotland 2009

    Hi Everyone,

    I planned to do this trip this year but had the wrong bike and no time to be honest!

    Anyway its just a wee trip to kick off next years biking season (yes I know every season is biking season but you know what I mean I'm sure!).

    The trip will be around 1200 miles and my original idea was to do it over a long weekend (4 nights) and you could, but I think to really enjoy it a week would be best.
    The plan is to travel to the furthest compass points in Scotland ie most Southern, Western, Eastern and Northern points on the map in aid of a charity I support.
    I won't be taking the most direct route cause I figure if you're going to go to the most remote regions in Scotland and some of the most beautiful then you may as well see as much as you can, cause who knows if you'll get the chance again, so there is a lot of costal roads and a visit to the furthermost NW regions of Scotland which isn't necessary to reach the compass points but a shame not to while you are up there I think!

    I have worked out what I think to be the best route and I think its quite a good one, tried avoiding too much motorways etc.

    Anyway, the trip is looking likely for April/beginning of May and I just wanted to extend the invite. The trip will be mostly camping and hopefully should be another gorgeous Spring so I don't think it should be too cold but just incase
    I will be looking at hostels etc for the more Northern regions!

    If I can get around a dozen riders who are willing to gather a wee sponsor sheet worth of donations for the charity SOS Children's Villages then I would be delighted.

    I know that its a long way off but if your schedules are anywhere near as busy as mine then you'll understand the need to plan your holidays and trips!

    As I mentioned before the plan is to do the Scotland trip around the end of April/beginning of May (thinking of leaving about the 24th of April) but if the feedback shows that this will be too cold for the more Northerly areas I might move it further forward.
    If however the feedback confirms that it is a good time to go then the plan is to do a similar North of Ireland trip in June for those who might be interested.

    Hope this all makes sense and isn't too garbled, don't know why I chose to write this so early on a Sunday morning

    A fellow tosser name of Yodagoat did a similar trip this year which re-inspired me to get off my arse and go for it. Here is his link to try and inspire you:


    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82152&

    If you think you might be interested but want some more info then email me with "Scottish Compass Rose Challenge" in the subject box to be sure it doesn't get automatically put into my bulk folder and dumped!

    Have a good one

    I'm off for a greasy breakfast hangover cure

    Charlie

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    Sounds great! I for one would be very interested. Usually do a spring Scotland trip anyway, so it would be good to make it for something worthwhile.

    I'm also well placed to give you a bit of help with the North of Ireland trip (pm sent).

    Just one query, what is this 'camping' thing?!?!

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    Just one query, what is this 'camping' thing?!?!
    Hey Hillhound,

    you know camping....we're all going to wear matching tank-tops, flanalette shirts and gorgio armani trousers......camp!!! At night we can speak with a Jonathan Ross lisp around the fire and discuss fashion and "who's seeing who" in the celeb world!!! camp


    pm sent

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    Sounds like a good way to start the season - went up to NW corner this summer and definitely want to do more.

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156112

    Dates should be OK (24th April or so)

    TP

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    Sounds like a good way to start the season - went up to NW corner this summer and definitely want to do more.

    Will I put yer name doon then??

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    A fellow tosser name of Yodagoat did a similar trip this year which re-inspired me to get off my arse and go for it. Here is his link to try and inspire you:

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82152&


    This link might work better.

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    Equiptment list

    Tank top is ordered.

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    If I'm here, I'll be there

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    It can be nice and warm up here in april / early may.......but don't count on it. There's a good campsite on the sea front at Thurso and the owners are also bikers. Nice and close to John o Groats and Dunnet Head. For hostels, there are quite a few SYHA hostels in the north and west, and a lot of independant ones if nights under canvas aren't your thing.
    Chaos, mayhem and panic; another job well done

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    Cheers Sethmopp, always good to get the heads up
    Keep the beers cold for us

    Be good to have you along Wully, you'll be taking Fruitcake along too surely?

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    Well somebody's gotta look after Wully!



    TP

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    Starting to think about 2009 and wondering how this was coming together?

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    Scotland 2009

    Am seriously considering this if the dates are a little flexible

    Looks like a really good trip

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    Scotland 2009

    I am definately interested in this trip....especially if its nearer the beginning
    of May(or June!!) rather than the end of April, as I am having to take HWMBO away for a week then to score some Brownie points.

    I think it might be taking the p**s somewhat if I get back from one holiday and then jump on me bike and go off on another...but then again!!!!

    Keep us posted

    Cheers G

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    Oh my God....I've just spent the best part of an hour typing out the whole route and giving details about this trip and when I went to submit it the whole thing disappeared

    How pissed off am I

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    Now I'll need to do the whole thing again

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