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Prologue to Middle Earth Tour


A tour around Great Britain and Ireland as a warm up to Europe to Sydney via the old world

3,188 km (1,981 miles) recorded so far over 106 days from April 16, 2010 to July 30, 2010

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Road bikes, 1-3 months, First tour
Locales: Europe, United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Ireland
Year: 2010

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/premidearth

Copyright © 2010-2014 By Cameron Rees - (contact)

Status: Unfinished, not updated for 1568 days
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Table of Contents

Introduction

      Who: The Characters

      What + Why

      Equipment Bravo: Curly

      Equipment Papa: Panniers, bags etc

On the Road

      England: The Begining

            Day 1: London to Canterbury - Trains and old Buildings
            Day 2: Canterbury to Folkestone - Trip to Dover Castle
            Day 3: Folkestone to Horam - First Metric Century while touring
            Day 4: Horam to Ashington - Fish and chips at Brighton
            Day 5: Ashington to Horsley
            Day 6: Horsley to Ashford Middlesex - The meeting of Dad's friend
            Day 7: Rest Day in Middlesex
            Day 8: Ashford to Yattendon - Night in the beer garden
            Day 9: Yattendon to Woodbridge - Lunch at Avebury Stone Circle
            Day 10: Woodbridge to Shaftsbury - Stones and headwind
            Day 11: Shaftesbury to Bristol - Hills and Bristol and Bath Railway Path.
            Day 13: Day 2 in Britsol - Visit to the last flying Concorde
            Day 15: Bristol to Coleford - First time in Wales
            Day 16: Coleford to Bridgnorth - another hundred k slips by
            Day 17: Bridgnorth to Nantwich - Cold and Hard
            Day 18: Nantwich to Haskayne - couch surfing
            Day 19: Haskayne to Longridge
            Day 20: Tent day at Longridge
            Day 21: Longridge to Windermere
            Day 22: Windermere to Therlkeld - Wind wind wind
            Day 23: Windermere to Carlisle - Day of old buildings
            Day 24: Carlisle to Newcastleton - Hadrian's Wall and entry to Scotland

      Land of the Kilts

            Day 25 10th May 2010: Newcastleton to Innerleithen - Mountain biking in the evening
            Day 26: Innleithen to Edinburgh - It snowed.
            Day 27 - 29: Edinburgh
            Day 30: Edinburgh to Old Scone
            Day 31: Old Scone to Braemar
            Day 32: Braemar to Grantown-on-Spey
            Day 33: Grantown-on-Speys to Muir of Ord
            Day 34: Muir of Ord to Lairg - 3 punctures caused by a cracked rim
            Day 35: Lairg to Inverness - Get repairs
            Day 36: Inverness Rest Day
            Day 37: Inverness to Crask Inn - Catch up day
            Day 38: Crask Inn to Thurso - Fastest average velocity
            Day 39: Thurso to Kirkwall Via John O'Groats
            Day 40: Kirkwall - Lazy day no cycling but another Scotch distillery
            Day 41: Shetland Island - Day trip with overnight ferries at each end
            Day 42: Kirkwall to Thurso - Back to the mainland
            Day 43 - 45: Travelling from Thurso Scotland to Strandhill Ireland

      Ireland

            Day 46: Strandhill to Lough (lake) Cullin - Start of the group ride
            Day 47: Lough (lake) Cullin to Clonbur
            Day 48: Clonbur to Galway - Help out with money raising
            Day 49: Galway to Doolin - Inishmore of the Aran Island group
            Day 50: Doolin to Tarbet
            Day 51: Tarbet to Castlegregory
            Day 52 - 54: Castlegregory
            Day 55 9th June 2010: Castlegregory to Killorglin
            Day 56 10th June 2010: Killorglin to Caherdaniel
            Day 57: Caherdaniel
            Day 58: Skellig Michael
            Day 59: Caherdaniel to Hungry Hill
            Day 60: Hungry Hill to Glandore Bay
            Day 61: Glandore Bay to Macroom
            Day 62: Macroom to Cork
            Day 63: Cork no riding
            Day 64: Cork to Ballycotton


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