May 042017
 

That truly was a totally amazing cycle! Reminds me, why I love cycling so much! Just a great way to see amazing scenery, much better than being in a metal box!

Of course for scenery, you can’t get much better than Scotland!!! Also can tell just how much fun, I was having! Since I ended up doing the longest cycle of 2017 so far! Ended up doing 63.5 miles!

Was also good fun doing route, that I’ve not done since August 2009, when I did the End to End cycle!

You can check out the full route and stats from the cycle @ www.strava.com/activities/971062599.

I will now leave you with some photos from the cycle!!!








The full set of these photos can be seen @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/04-05-2017/.

Dec 292013
 

Here are some photos taken around the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. It was a great day out! Still can’t get over just how warm Scotland is for the time of year. Normally I would at the least have to worry about ice on the roads. All I had to worry about water on the roads and lots of it!

Could also tell it was warmer than normal. Since there was still lots of people out on there motorbikes. And of course lots of people out cycling. Seeing all the people cycling up the side of Loch Lomond. Did sort of make me wish, I had been one of them.

I will leave you will some of the photos, from today’s super day out! Please make sure you comment on some of the photos :).

Looking around Loch Lomond Shores
Loch Lomond near Loch Lomond Shores
Sloy Hydroelectric Power Station
View from Rest and Be Thankful

More photos from set can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/gsvalentine/sets/72157635355945971/.

Dec 272012
 

Below are my favourite photos from each month between January and June 2012. Why not pick your own and let me know which ones like, by commenting below.

January
Winter cycling gear

More photos from January at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/archive/2012-01.

Feb
blueseventy axium wetsuit

More photos from February at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/archive/2012-02.

March
Rutland Water

More photos from March at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/archive/2012-03.

April
Wetsuit cycling

More photos from April at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/archive/2012-04.

May
Sailing on Loch Lomond

More photos from May at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/archive/2012-05.

June
Adidas full body suit

More photos from June at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/page/search/archive/2012-06.

May 152012
 

Vlog about cycling from Killearn to Rowardennan on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. The route takes in a section of the National Cycle Network route 7, then follows the B837 to Balmaha, then takes the same road all way to end at Rowardennan.

May 122012
 

Today has been a fantastic to say the least! Got my first ever suit, no not a wetsuit, have lots of them! Went out for a great meal, followed by an evening sailing on Loch Lomond.

Right after that introduction, I will got back to the start of the day. The day started around 9:30am, when I got out of bed to have a shower, feed Ghille, had a bit to eat.

Then it was off to meet up with my oldish brother Douglas and his wife-to-be Lisa. Once I met up with them. We all got the train from Dalmuir to Glasgow Queen Station. We then walked down to Slaters, to get ourselves suits ready for there wedding in September. Believe it or not, I have never owned a suit in my whole life, up till now that is! Normally I really hate clothes shopping, it’s like my idea of hell. But I really liked Slaters. So if I ever need a suit again, I will be for sure using them.

Then after all that hard work of getting suits. We then went to O’Neill’s in the Merchant Square area of Glasgow. Where we had a very nice meal indeed. Never been to that pub before, I would sure go around. Great food, maybe the service has a bit slow. But the food more than make up for that.

After the meal we then got the train back to there flat, but this time from High Street Railway Station. We both then doubled checked the suits filled OK. Which I am pleased to say they did. I will try to get photos of myself wearing it on-line at some point.

Then Douglas and myself set off to Loch Lomond for a evening of sailing on this boat. Which great fun, only the second time, I been out on this boat. Even better this time, since we had great weather. The last time, I was wet. This time the sun was out, just about the whole time.

So it was a great day! But still I was glad when it was over and I was chilling out in front of the TV.

I will now leave you, with some photos from sailing on Loch Lomond.

Dec 292011
 

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 :).

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