Scotland Follow the Wind Tour 08

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Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:07 pm

First meeting place is Inverness though we haven't been advised of an approved campsite. Approved means not an organised one, (I think) because so-far the Scotland wind-tour hasn't had to use campsites. That's my take on it.

Sod the work, have some fun.
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Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:29 pm

Yeah, still waiting on a confirmed meeting point, probably in the inverness area but that could mean anywhere from nairn through to dornoch...Think Mark is getting it sorted at the mo having just got back from abroad...
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Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:17 pm

We are probably going to head to Machrihanish for a couple or three days (Depending on the wind) prior to meeting up. Never been to Kintire so I don't want to miss the chance, I've rigged my van with a wind turbine and a solar panel but I can't find anything powered by rain or midges and that's just what Scotland is famous for and is likely to throw at us. :-D

What about the midges ? :shock:
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Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:54 pm

'Olay Skin so soft' is the stuff to keep the midge at bay. That or a sacrifical pal who omits more CO2?
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Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:16 am

jay.mac wrote:'Olay Skin so soft' is the stuff to keep the midge at bay. That or a sacrifical pal who omits more CO2?
I read that somewhere but dismissed it as pimping for the 'Olay' range. It's usually me that is sacrificial.

Do you have personal experience of 'skin-So-Soft' or are you passing-on something you heard or read ?
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Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:57 pm

Oh my god!!! Inverness?? That's an 11 1/2 hour drive for me :( Gonna be painful.
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Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:59 pm

waverider wrote:
jay.mac wrote:'Olay Skin so soft' is the stuff to keep the midge at bay. That or a sacrifical pal who omits more CO2?
I read that somewhere but dismissed it as pimping for the 'Olay' range. It's usually me that is sacrificial.

Do you have personal experience of 'skin-So-Soft' or are you passing-on something you heard or read ?

Bootnecks and squaddies use it Richard - skin so soft the rest is smelly!

Hope to catch up with you on the tour as I have a few days off - you passing by Troon beforehand?
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Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:54 pm

I think you may find it's Avon Skin so Soft not Olay, and it's recommended by the army so I was told! Apparently they bought a whole load so supplies nearly dried up. You need to find a local supplier though as it's not sold in shops. It comes in two 'flavours' the least girly being the 'soft and fresh' which smells a little like Johnsons baby talc. You also need to get the Dry Oil body spray rather than the body lotion. Its just been tested by a friend in Scandanavia who said it worked.
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Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:10 pm

s29feb wrote: you passing by Troon beforehand?
Probably, we are leaving Wales Monday/Tuesday and will be looking for a stop-off someplace well before Troon but I really want to look at the weather pattern for that week before I make any plans. If we head to Machrihanish then I'll stop-off somewhere halfway and then maybe Troon for a stop-off wouldn't be a bad idea before we go round and down the Kintire peninsular.

Let's see what the weather predictions say.

Good-news John, I have 16 weeks with an instructor who sounds like you. :shock: He's going to build heart muscle then shoulders and quads together with just about everything, it was him getting excited at the prospect of someone who was going to respond. Oh, and he's a local surfer, 72 kilos with 6% body fat, I'm 72 kilos and have 26% body fat. Disgusting. :shock:

Kitewidow. Thanks for the nudge on the 'Skin-So-Soft'. I thought it may have been Avon.
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Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:18 pm

waverider wrote:
s29feb wrote: you passing by Troon beforehand?
Probably, we are leaving Wales Monday/Tuesday and will be looking for a stop-off someplace well before Troon but I really want to look at the weather pattern for that week before I make any plans. If we head to Machrihanish then I'll stop-off somewhere halfway and then maybe Troon for a stop-off wouldn't be a bad idea before we go round and down the Kintire peninsular.

Let's see what the weather predictions say.

Good-news John, I have 16 weeks with an instructor who sounds like you. :shock: He's going to build heart muscle then shoulders and quads together with just about everything, it was him getting excited at the prospect of someone who was going to respond. Oh, and he's a local surfer, 72 kilos with 6% body fat, I'm 72 kilos and have 26% body fat. Disgusting. :shock:

Kitewidow. Thanks for the nudge on the 'Skin-So-Soft'. I thought it may have been Avon.
Yeah Avon - my bad!

Ha - get on the weights auld yin! I'll catch you at some point :mrgreen:
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Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:27 am

Hi y'all,

Not been hiding, just working me butt off so I can enjoy a week relaxing on tour, well hopefully getting some decent water time in as well.

No sympathies for all those travelling from the south coast up to the northern regions, we do it all the time but heading the other way when going to such comps as Watergate. This year a couple of guys went down from Thurso, which is as close to the Lands End to John O'Groats trip as you can get shy of a few miles! But for all those that do make it as per previous years I'm sure we'll have a great time, see some new places and make some new friends.

In the past we have only paid for camping once, at Machrihannish a couple of years ago. Its preferable to stay by the water for free, but like anywhere as time goes by a group of vans going around the country side can get branded as a bunch of travelling folk (which I guess we are) who are just there to sell a generator or tarmac your driveway. Difference is we are there to play and we always remove any rubbish we create, and often we enject a healthy nights takings into a local pub from time to time and always leave with locals asking us to come back next year.

Starting place is going to be Dornoch which is just over an hours drive north of Inverness. Fantastic kiting location that can take virtually any wind direction and can offer waves and flat water. There is a large paying campsite right by the beach but we are also looking into a couple of alternatives nearby. The local village has several nice pubs although I'm not quite sure if the plus four brigade are quite ready for us yet, I guess we'll find out.

The start point is literally somewhere for everyone to meet up for the first weekend, and we may move on Sunday morning depending on what the wind is doing. Can't predict what happens after that as the big man in the sky won't give me advance warning! It would be nice to visit some of the beaches on the North and West coasts which is why we are starting so far north this year. However if the wind says Machrihannish is the only place with wind, there is a fair chance we will end up back down there although playing around the Moray Firth has plenty to offer if conditions allow.

Between now and the start date I will post more info here as I get it along with directions and some good stop off points for those that want to split their initial journey to the far North.

If anyone is travelling with spare capacity and would like to share some of the driving and expenses post it here as there are normally folk who are wanting to come along but only have a kite and thumb for transport.

Waverider...for your info there are 3 ways to get to Machrihannish from Glasgow. Drive all the way around the top and down the Mull, catch a ferry from Gourock to Port Riddell, Drive to Portavadie and catch another ferry to Tarbert, then drive the rest of the way to Mach (just over an hour), or you can go from Ardrossan to Aaran, drive across the Island and catch another ferry to Claonaig and drive down the Mull. All routes take about 5 hours, the Aaran one is probably the most expensive, the Gourock route stunning and probably the least onerous and no more expensive than driving the whole way considering the saving on fuel costs. But what ever way you go, Machrihannish is still a long way from Glasgow!

Gotta go back to work now

Mark
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Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:44 am

Thanks Mark, the first few days of our trip starting 11th August will be mostly down to the choice of my partner. If she's willing to keep the company of a bunch of pikey's and southern softies for a few days then I'm duty-bound to concede to visiting whatever region she fancies. The drive around and down the Kintire 'Knob' has been recommended by more than one as worth the fuel costs.

Well see what happens, if easterlies start to show-up I may have to recommend visiting the lovely east coast. :-D
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Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:03 pm

putain que c'est haut , bordel

c'est tellement loin que meme les esquimo ils trouvent ca loin
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Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:33 pm

mmmh yes...just as well you are bringing your rum to keep you warm...
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Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:17 pm

I translated that on iGoogle but I still don't understand, are you drinking ?
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