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Matt - Scotland Stats

Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Views [238]

Here are some stats from the Scotland leg of the tour for anyone geeky enough to be interested (with the Scandinavia stats as well for comparison)   Scotland Scandinavia Count: 41 Activities 32 Activities ... Read more >

There and back again

Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Views [264]

These are our final days in Scotland. We are back in Edinburgh, having done what feels like a full circle of the country while barely scratching the surface. All up, dear Bertie the Bicycle has rolled just over 5000kms. After Matt's run in with the sheep, ... Read more >

Photos: Scotland 2

Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Matt - Chinese Whispers and CTR

Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | Views [205]

Chinese Whispers We spend a fair bit of time talking to each other in less than ideal auditory environments. This is most often when we are slipstreaming each other (one riding behind the other, on bicycles), often with the added confounder of strong ... Read more >

The story of Mattie and the Bog

Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | Views [234] | Comments [2]

What I am going to tell you has something to do with how sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a shorter distance correctly; or, maybe I only think it has something to do with that. But it's why I went to ... Read more >

High on the Hebrides: (Golden) Eagles of Death Metal and other stoner rock

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Views [395] | Comments [2]

I think alot of places lend themselves to a particular soundtrack. Cycling the wide open planes of Lewis with the wind at your back is Josh Homme's Desert Sessions. There are small villages on the edges of the island, which are handfuls of austere concrete ... Read more >

Matt - Nine holes at noon

Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | Views [267]

While on Iona I had my first 9 holes of golf in a couple of years. Iona is a place of pilgrimage - Christianity has been on Iona since St Columba arrived in the 6th Centrury. The Book of Kells was produced there, before constant viking attacks forced ... Read more >

News from Nowhere

Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | Views [209]

We wanted utopia. Just for four days, mind. We weren't going to be greedy about it. While Scottish cycling had been beautiful, it had also rained every day since we arrived and our belongings were varying in degrees of damp that ranged between very to ... Read more >

Matt - A Close Shave

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Views [249]

Sweeney Todd I had my first haricut and shave of the trip so far, and it was quite an experience. My moustahce was beginning to tickle my eyebrows when the wind blew, so a visit to Sweeney Todd's in the highlands was in order (please see photos).... Read more >

Photos: Scotland

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Tasting notes

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Views [222]

  Sweet rural fragrances with maritime flavours, and a midge-tinged finish It is a grey summer afternoon when the Petersborough Express spills us out onto Waverley Station in Edinburgh. We have spent the last few hours listened to the excited ... Read more >

Matt - Maps and Stats, and a word on presents

Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | Views [372]

Maps I have attached a rough map of the first part of our Scotland leg. Riding over the sea will be difficult, but if a certain gentleman in history is reputed to have walkjed on water, then we can bloody-well ride. Stats Some stats from our ... Read more >

scales and arpeggios

Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | Views [299] | Comments [1]

We are now into day 4 of cycling. Matt did a miraculous job of navigating us across London and around numerous double decker buses, and after 20km or so we are into proper English countryside. Roads lined with briar roses and bucolic villages where thath ... Read more >



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