Some bad news, from this Wednesday (2rd November 2011). I will be without Internet for at least two weeks. Due to fixed phone line in the house getting moved to another building. For reasons that I don’t need to go into. So will take at least two weeks, for the new line to be installed. Then I have to wait for the ADSL to be turned back on.
So for the next number weeks, I will have no way to post any new updates, get back to emails etc.
OMG this has to be the best ever photo, of Cristiano Ronaldo. I was bored so was looking around on flickr to see what new photos, I could find of him. I came across this photo. Maybe not the best wording to us, but you get my point. Now why can’t they play football dressed like this? I am sure lots more people would watch it :).
I could not believe this when, I first read about it on twitter. I was sure someone much have been making it up. Since I could not find anything about it on the BBC news, or Sky news websites. I was really hoping it was made up. Then the gay press started to report it, so it had to be true.
I was bored one day, so I looking at the fmforums (the male celebrity messageboard) to see what photos I could find. It just about made my day, when I found photos of Jesse Spencer wearing a wetsuit. If you have no idea who he is. He played Billy Kennedy from 1994 to 2000 in Neighbours. Right now he is best known for his current portrayal of Dr. Robert Chase in the medical drama House. Which I must add I have never seen, since it’s on a $ky channel.
That’s me back home in England after having a great time in Scotland. Best time I have had Scotland in a while. Got in lots of cycling, met some old friends and even made a new one :). Oh and of course it was great catching up with my Mum and Dad and my two brothers Craig and Douglas.
No idea why, but the drive back always takes me a lot longer. Set off at around 11:30am and did not get back to Little Bytham till gone 8:00pm. Then lots of that is do with that I get bored of the motorway way driving. So I like to take lots of B roads on the way back. I also stopped off and did some www.geocaching.com on the way. I found another 5 bring my total up to 110 :).
Right that’s all for now. Time to sign off and take myself to bed.
Another day, another cycle blog. Think this will be the last cycle I get to do in Scotland, before going back to home to England on Monday. I am well pleased with myself, I got in four cycles this trip. Done the most miles I have done in Scotland, since August 2009. Been on lots of roads, I have never cycled on before in my life.
So now on with today’s cycle. For the first section of the cycle, I followed much of the same route as the Duke’s Pass cycle, that I did on Sunday 11th October. But instead of following the National Cycle Network (route 7), I turned onto the B829 (Lochard Road).
Then I followed that road, all the way up to Loch Arklet. When I set off I was hoping to make it all the way to Inversnaid, but I had to turn around at Loch Arklet, if I had kept on going. There was no way, I would have made it home before it got dark.
I don’t think I could have picked, a better place to turn around. Check out the view yourself using Google Steetview to see what I mean! Here is the URL for the the view to save yourself for having to find it: g.co/maps/fnt4h.
And before I leave you will the normal stuff. Here are some interesting statistics for you. In just four cycles, my elevation gain stands at 2,196 metres or 1.36 miles. It’s also like cycling one and a half times the height of Ben Nevis.
Photos from the cycle:-
Sorry I only got three photos during the cycle. It was pissing it down most of the time. I did not want to get the camera any wetter than I had to.
I can’t believe how many cycles I have got to do in Scotland this holiday. Think I can safely say, it’s the most number of miles I have done in Scotland on the bike, since doing the End to End cycle, way back in August 2009. Including today’s cycle I have done 65.76 miles. Also in just three cycles my elevation gain stands at 1,633 metres.
So now on with the route I took today. The title may give the route away, I cycled from Killearn to Duck Bay, which is on the western side of Loch Lomond. It was great route, many roads I have not been on since I was around 19. Also covered a good number of roads and cycle paths I have never seen on before.
This time, I am not going to say that much about the route, since the map will do a far better job it! I will just tell you about the highlights.
Believe it or not. I should have done this route when doing the End to End cycle. But I only made it, to the Loch Lomond Youth Hostel (now closed), which happens to be the other side of the A82 from Duck Bay. Then my Dad give me a lift the rest of the way to Killearn. So that is main reason I wanted to do this cycle, to fill in the missing link.
Also now I have done this cycle. Next summer my aim is to cycle even more up the side of the Loch and get lots of photos. Since when doing this section of the End to End cycle, I did not get a single photo. So it will be nice to make up, for it at some point.
Here is the view from the point I turned around and cycled back home.
I am well happy, since when I first come to Scotland last week the weather was a not very good at all. But lucky since then we have had two OK days, weather wise. When I mean OK, it did not rain. So I really wanted to make the most of it. So I made it out on the bike again. This time I cycled from Killearn to Aberfoyle then up and over the Duke’s Pass.
Just to give you an idea of what it’s like here is a video of someone else doing it, but using a motorbike.
While you watch the video. I will tell you a bit more about the route. I set off from Killearn at 12:44pm, following the A875 towards Balfron, turning left just before Boquhan, where the road goes down hill very fast then over the River Endrick. Where I stopped to take the first photos (Old road bridge near Boquhan and New road bridge near Boquhan) during the cycle. Then I stayed on that road till it meets up with the A81 at Balfron Station. Then I tuned left, towards the Ballat Crossroads where I stopped to take more photos.
I stayed on that road, till Cobleland, yes that’s really a place name. Not really much there, just a Caravan & Camping site, some houses and the bit I cared about. The access to the National Cycle Network, route number 7. It was time to stop, yes again and take some more photos. I stayed one this very, nice flat section to Aberfoyle.
This is where the fun really started. Since I had the fun of cycling from around sea level (Well if the Garmin connect website is to be believed. I need to look out a local OS map and double check that one). To 238 metres, which does sound about right. This section of the route was not only hard doing since it meant a lot of cycling, it was also off all road using Forestry Commission tracks, which also doubles up has the National Cycle Network, route number 7.
I following this route till it joined the A821 at the exit of 3 Lochs Forest Drive. Then I turned left and had the great fun of cycling over the Duke’s Pass. You get some great views from that road. And also the 10% down hill section all the way into Aberfoyle to look forward to.
Then I just about followed the same route I took to Aberfoyle, all the way back to Killearn.
Now I will leave you some photos, route map and statistics from the cycle.