Great day driving about the National Park

Yesterday I had a great day with a friend called Gavin. Not got to see him since October, when I was last up in Scotland. It was great to catch up with him again.

When we met up last time, it turned out he said he not never been to Loch Lomond. So of course I had to change that one. It was not the best weather in the world to go for a driving trip around the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. But the good thing about it, is we just about had the place to ourselves.

Looking at the map below you can see all the places we went to. We covered a good number of miles. Need to try and out just how many at some point. Think it will be at least 100 to 150 miles.

I will now tell you a bit more about the route we went. I picked Gavin up from Milngavie train station at 11:25am.  Then we had a quick stop at some supermarket that I will not name. Since I am not a fan of it. But I needed something to eat and drink.

We then left Milngavie on the A81, which we stayed on till Blanefield, then we turned left onto then B821. Which I have cycled over many miles, but think it may be the first time I have driven over it. Then once we got to the A809, we turned right. Then followed that road, till we get to the junction with the A811, where we turned left. Then stayed on that road till Balloch.

Once at Balloch, we stopped at had a quick look around Loch Lomond Shores (number 1 on the map). Which is a small shopping centre on the banks of the loch. Did not stay for 2 long, since it was so windy and wet.

We jumped back into the car, then took the A82 up the west side of the loch. We had a quick stop at Duck Bay Marina. Did not even get out the car this time. Was way, way to wet :(.

After the wee stop we joined the A82 and stayed on the road, till Tarbet (number 3 on the map). Where we joined the A83 Rest and be Thankful road. Which is one of my favourite roads in the Scotland. You can some really great views from it. Well when the weather is good, which it was anything but today!

Below is a view from near the top of the Rest and be Thankful. Thanks to Google Street View.

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We stopped at a car park at the start of the B828 (number 2 on the map). We stayed there for a good while, just chatting about stuff. But again never got out the car, it was still just to wet :(.

Then we set off on the A83 back the way we came till we got back to A82 (number 3 on the map), then we turned left and even higher up the west side of Loch Lomond. We kept on that road till we got to Inveruglas (number 4 on the map) and stopped in a car park for a while. Before getting back on the A82 and the long ish drive back to Killearn (number 5 on the map).

Once in Killearn, Gavin got to meet up Mum and Dad for the very first time. My Mum even cooked dinner for him. I love my Mum.

Then we just chilled out for a while. Before he had to get the train back home.

So that was our day, hope are all had fun reading about it! Oh and sorry we got no photos at all, it was just to wet and windy. But next time I am up, going to make sure we do much the same trip again. But in better weather and get lots of photos :).

Sorry about the lack of updates

So sorry about the lack of updates since getting to Scotland on the 24th. Just been very busy seeing family and friends :). I hope that you all had a great Christmas.

Guess I should tell you want I got for Christmas. From my brother Craig I got the Harry Potter – The Complete 8-Film Collection on Blu-ray of course. From Mum and Dad I got the Human Planet and Doctor Who – The Complete Series 5 both on Blu-ray.

Sorry about the short update. I will post a longer one soon!

December 2011 cycling statistics

Yes I know that December is not over, but I am going to Scotland tomorrow. So will not be doing any more cycling till I get back in January. So I may as well just post the cycling statistics from December now.

My yearly total now stands at 5,046.3 miles. Total miles since April 2003 is now at 21,606.1.

Here is the data from December 2011:-

  • Total cycles: 8.
  • Total Distance: 180.1 miles.
  • Total Time: 14:18:58 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.6 mph.
  • Max Time: 2:36:48 (h:m:s).
  • Max Speed: 28.3 mph.
  • Avg Distance: 22.51 miles.
  • Max Distance: 34.06 miles.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Here are my favourite cycling photos from the month

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Well done Mark Cavendish

Big well done to Mark Cavendish for winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 award.  I just about jumped up and down for joy when his name got read out.

You can follow the great man himself on twitter @ twitter.com/markcavendish or check out his facebook page @ www.facebook.com/OfficialMarkCavendish.

Podcast episode 109 is here

That’s episode 109 of my podcast on-line. OMG two weeks in just one week, what is going on? In this episode, I am speaking about what my cycling goals are for next year.

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Thanks for downloading my newest podcast

Big thanks to everyone that’s downloaded my newest podcast so far. Still not heard it? Then click play below.

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Podcast episode 108 is here

That’s episode 108 of my podcast on-line. Been meaning to record a new one for months, but only just got around to it. In this post episode, I am Just wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Since I know, I will not be doing another podcast this year. Also want to see if anyone it still listening before I record a full one in the New Year.

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