Saturday, 14 August 2010

Here goes..

Well, 7am and I seem to be on a train. I say seem cause everything is still a little confusing this morning, the 'wee drink before bed' turned into half a bottle then 'coma'..
Now its plain for the whole of the UK to see that 'Tim is going on a cycling holiday' because we are right in the middle of mid summer and its hammering down with rain with a forecast of more of the same for the next 2 to 3 weeks.. Yay! \o/
Oh just realised.. I ought to mention where I'm going..
My this train is (hopefully) taking me from Derby to Crewe where I have just 10th minutes to unload the bike and panniers and hop it across the platforms to catch the connecting train to Glasgow. Once at Glasgow I'm heading west to the coast where I plan to take no particular route up through the western isles to the Outer Hebrides, then across to Skye and the Inner Hebrides then head back south and cycle back home. Hopefully along the way taking in the islands: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Barra, South Uist, North Uost, Harris, Lewis and Skye. This is of course subject to massive change depending on weather, ferries and 'whatever looks good at the time'.
I have no real plan or route set so once I step off the train at Glasgow... i'll be making it up as I go along.
Also I aught to mention that thanks to leaps in the 'wonders of modern technology' I can now post photos direct from my phone, so this time be prepared not only for descriptions of the many lunatics that I seem to attract while cycling, but for a glorious technicolour photo too.!
I also ought to add that I'm not sure how long i'll be out of phone signal coverage in the western isles, so if I don't blog for a day or so, this maybe why..
But for now..



  1. Hi there Tim,
    Well your off again I see and the weather isn't the best but you should be used to that by now, and you will keep going north hasn't anyone ever told you it a lot warmer and dryer down south !!!!
    Well the best of luck with your trip and I will be following you with great interest as usual.
    I will be in Scotland myself Wednesday and Thursday this week travelling back down on Friday so you never know keep um peeled for a big white semi with Lafarge plastered all down the sides that should be me, I will be the one in the front fast asleep so be careful,.

  2. I'm sooo envious! I hope you have a fun and safe trip and I can't wait to see pictures! Hopefully the weather cooperates this time.