I am a man who is in the age where the vets would recommend it's owner that I should be put down before I start to reek. Or to put it this way; I am in the age of heart attacks and joint operations. 20 stones, including 5 stones overweight does not help either. So I wonder if this 1000 km/665 miles tour on 8 days through the Western Isles, Western Ross (that's Gairloch and Applecross in cycle-speak) and GlenCoe is such a good idea. The money for this tour was donated by three deceased relatives and I owe them a debt of gratitude. It is a memory ride and a website will be put up..... if I survive. I am therefore thoroughly snookered. Yesterday's 90 miles excursion through Glen Ogle from and to Dumbarton was pretty hard on my lungs, heart and limbs. I am off on that tour in 8 weeks time. So a re-think is in order here. So without going into this mumbo-jumbo stuff where there is no shops in that area who sells; of the normal stuff (food, preferable) I can buy from shops (Tesco, Asda, Coop), with some additions from chemists and specialist sports shops in Glasgow; what should I purchase ? I prefer to use money on upgrading the bike instead of expensive gels and creams so I on a budget here. I need help against cramps and fatigue. Help !!!