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Back from Scotland. And we’re fried…

We’re back from Scotland, and are now catching up with emails and making final arrangements for the summer in India. We’re off on the 18th – just two weeks away – but will have regular access to the internet once we’re there to deal with any last minute queries.

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It was a great two weeks of solid, wall to wall riding. Here’s Cara negotiating a superb offroad loop on the island of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, suggested to us by Andy Mac, the photographic and route expert for the area.

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And here’s our picnic spit on the beach at Horgabost. The sun was out, the water was turquoise, and it was fresh salmon (smoked over a peat fire) and soda bread on the menu…

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Overnighter to Cornwall

img_3379.jpgOvernighters are a great way to get away on tour if you’re short on time. Pack light, strike off in a direction, ride for a couple of days and catch the train home. If you book your return ticket in advance through thetrainline.com you can pick up some good deals too. With a light touring bike test for Cycling Plus to write up, and a whole load of summer kit to try out, we didn’t need much excuse to set our sights on the Cornish Coast…Day 1: Bristol to Exford, via Cheddar and the Quantocks. About 80 miles or so.Day 2: Exford to Bodmin. About 100 miles or so.We were planning on riding the whole way to Liv’s new cottage in Helston, but to be honest, the A39 wasn’t doing much for us. With fast traffic and a heavy mist to contend with, we peeled off towards Bodmin and picked up the train. Much better. After all, touring is about enjoying yourself, right?img_3235.jpgA light touring bikes test – the perfect excuse for an overnighter to the Cornwall.img_3219.jpgWe stopped off at Howard’s to enjoy his fine hospitality in Exmoor. This is his wonky barn. It reminds me of the house in Big Fish that the friendly giant props up.img_3259.jpgAfter some wine, a hearty plate of delicious salmon pastry things and a restful night’s sleep at Liv’s cottage (friends, heh), we had time to walk the dogs before our afternoon train. Continue reading ‘Overnighter to Cornwall’


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