We’re back and looking forward to a new bout of summer and another cycle (or 2 or 3). Leeroy saw some action since June last year – in November he rode 65 miles and the other day he managed a wee Pentlands jaunt – but mostly sat idle either strapped up to stairs or leant against a wall in our flat. Excusing a few minor quibbles, he’s been healthy and well and is wearing the same inner tubes and tyres that took us through Glencoe.
Now we’re all reacquainted and have caught up on each other’s news and reminisced about the old days we can turn our attention forwards and look to this coming summer, more specifically three particular weeks:
1) May 17th – May 22nd
This plan is sans tandem but v. exciting. James and I are hoping to tackle the Outer Hebrides on normal bikes. There’s still loads to work out but the route looks a bit like this: http://tinyurl.com/p77wlqw
I’ve never been to this area before and there looks to be some incredible roads/beaches/lochs (google Loch Bi for a sweet road) so I’m keen. We spent yesterday afternoon in the library poring over maps of Barra, Uist, Harris, Lewis etc. which last month were all alien names but now obviously you travel from south to north cos of typically strong wind. (Wikipedia on the climate of the Outer Hebrides: ‘Winds are a key feature of the climate and even in summer there are almost constant breezes. According to the writer W. H. Murray, if a visitor asks an islander for a weather forecast “he will not, like a mainlander answer dry, wet or sunny, but quote you a figure from the Beaufort Scale.” There are gales one day in six at the Butt of Lewis and small fish are blown onto the grass on top of 190 metre (620 ft) high cliffs at Barra Head during winter storms.’ … uh oh)
2) June 1st – June 6th
Leeroy’s second biggy. Callum and I are mounting our trusty (lol) steed again for a coastal ride up to Aberdeenshire. That’s all we have to say about that just now cos we’re wary of high expectations and committing ourselves to something which is near doomed to fail but may just be pulled off… If you want to know the route ask us but keep it on the D-L plz, we wanna save face.
Some time later on in June, after my brother finishes A-levels, we’re planning on a trip but not at all sure where or exactly when but it’s in the offing.
So there’s the two-wheeled plans for the coming months. Lots to finalise and work out or even start planning but I’m dead excited to see what happens. Readers of last year’s trip will remember that planning is basically a waste of time so who knows how these three things will develop? For now, I’ve got essays due, exams to do and 3rd year to complete🙀 … I’d really rather be riding but that’s got to wait. Here’s a well rad pic of the most recent time we took Leeroy out for the purpose of keeping us going/getting us excited/admiring Jonah’s face:
Happy new year! 🌞