Irn-Bru? Scottish Blethering Thread

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Louch, 6 Aug 2013.

  1. Bobby Mhor

    Bobby Mhor Wasn't born to follow

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    I have tended to explore the north hillier side in most recent rides, I've still to mooch around the Lundie area..
    (let's just say it has a lot to answer for:laugh:).
    I love the area...
    hopefully more visits in '19:okay:
     
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  2. Slick

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    You were right, it was dark but I felt quite comfortable for most of the ride until I took a wrong turn or missed my turn would probably be a better description and ended up in Coupar Angus and my excuse will always be that dark didn't quite cover it as it was as black as hells waistcoat up there. It really all started to go wrong not long after that, first my phone went flat as I've never used it for mapping before then my additional lights on my hat went then worst of all, my new fancy 1600 lumen light went into get you home mode which is like trying to see by candlelight.

    I started to doubt where I was as I didn't have a clue, so I knocked someone's door who sent me down to Longforgan and I saw a dropped curb so just went for it but soon realised my mistake as I was on the dual. Just as I was trying to work out if I should go back or not I ran over something metal and got a blowout. Ffs, managed to eventually boot the sidewall and came across a huge accident on the opposite carriageway where a couple of cars had obviously lost control and crossed the cycle path I should have been on before going into the fields. I hope everyone was okay.

    It was eventful, but it was still a great ride that I enjoyed very much despite the really poor preparation. I didn't really have the energy to try your other suggestion the following night especially in the sub zero temperatures so I opted for the pan flat ride along the sea front to Carnoustie which ended up much less eventful.

    Thanks for the route, I would never have went up there without your suggestion. :thumbsup:
     
  3. Edwardoka

    Edwardoka Facetious Remark Generator

    Blimey, sounds like you've been on an adventure! Easy to see where the mistake was made, the first turn for Abernyte is easy to miss as it's on the inside corner of a descent, and the one on the route I created is at a crossroads - the way you needed to go is signposted Collace, not Abernyte. If you'd kept going you'd have ended up in Braemar :stop:

    The Knapp road and its surroundings at night is an eerie place to be even when you know where you're going, so am glad that you made it back in one piece (A90 blowout notwithstanding...) and showed remarkably good judgement in not following one of my routes a second time :smile:

    Not sure whether that is sincere or sarcasm :laugh:
     
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  4. Slick

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    Haha, it was honestly sincere as I enjoyed all of it despite everything. It wouldn't of nearly have been so dramatic if I'd known roughly where I was or even if I'd planned it better by making sure everything was fully charged as you did warn me. Even the missed turn was good as I've never been to Coupar Angus and at that point I was just enjoying the run. Wasn't quite as much fun when I realised that I went wrong somewhere and the frost was getting heavy at points as on the climbs, the back wheel would just spin so I had to take it very easy and it wasn't much better on the descents.

    A good challenge that kept me out the bar, ensured I slept great and completed my 50K a month challenge, so all good. :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

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    Wow @Slick, what an adventure!
    I think I would have left the bike and called a taxi back from the house where you stopped ... I would probably also have been in tears :laugh:
    Well done you for completing the ride.
     
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  6. Bobby Mhor

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    Bit of an adventure right enough..
    Bad enough during daylight,
    scary with the conditions but well done:okay:
    One you'll not forget..
     
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  7. Slick

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    I will admit to having some doubts especially as another device failed but the truth is I love a challenge and felt great for most of it and certainly after it so all good.

    Thanks, probably should have prepared better and after realising the crashed cars must have crossed the cycle path I should of been on roughly when I should have been on it was sobering.
     
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  8. Bobby Mhor

    Bobby Mhor Wasn't born to follow

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    Horrible feeling,
    don't feel so bad, I got lost at the junction box in Carnoustie, in broad daylight, when I eventually saw where I should have gone..
    plus I keep taking the wrong turning in Fowlis :blush:
     
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  9. Slick

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    Are you local then?

    I feel better already. ^_^
     
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  10. Bobby Mhor

    Bobby Mhor Wasn't born to follow

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    Nah, don't:blush:
    I'm Port Glasgow but aspiring to head east (ASAP)....
    Mrs M is from the area and I'm up that way on a regular basis (almost 40 years) although only started taking the bike up a couple of years ago..
     
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  11. Slick

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    Sake, your just over the hill from me. :laugh:
    Oh well, I must admit I can see why your thinking of going that way. Waterfront looks amazing with the best mix of townhouses and flats I've ever seen and don't get me started on the new V&A, amazing. I fancied heading over the tay but didn't have enough time but I reckon I'll go back for a cycling weekend with Mrs Slick.
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  12. Bobby Mhor

    Bobby Mhor Wasn't born to follow

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    Somewhere in the Central Belt, I think..
    I did suggest the Carse:blush:

    I've been across the bridge and headed both ways, once to Dunblane (one way) and the other following NCN 1 through Tayport ,Tentsmuir down to St Andrews then back via Dairsie area...
    an easy jaunt up NCN 1 to Arbroath then up over the Forfarshire hills through Strathmore.
    I've wandered more in the Strathmore area..
    Its a cracking cycling hub....
    Love it..
     
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  13. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

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    On the off chance Glaswegians have not already left the office, there's been a big accident on Paisley Road West, at Cardonald, involving a bus.
    Afaik, PRW is closed to all traffic, maybe bikes can pass.
    @Slick
     
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  14. Slick

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    Thanks for the tip Pat and normally I could have been affected but I've been on a training course in the city centre so I've been getting the train the last couple of mornings.

    I hope everyone is okay.
     
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  15. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

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    Well, got the news from FB a few minutes ago, some said the trains to Paisley are cancelled, can't think why that would be in relation to the crash.
     
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