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  1. Of course after your previous performance it sounds more likely you’ll say “oh dear I dont think you should be doing that, theres some confusion over whether I’m on a trial or not and it could get you in a lot of trouble”
  2. Umm well if I was one who was comfortable with a few porkies (which I’m generally not) I might be inclined to toddle along to another appointment and say “Oh that? Thats been resolved, they rang and told me to come here and get my a jab, haven’t they updated my notes? They said I must come”
  3. That would have made me feel uneasy!
  4. Macron changed their rules only very recently to proof of completed vaccines and no need to quarantine. Spain doesnt seem to mind.. come on in the waters fine… with a few exceptions including coming in from an at risk country and travelling overland from France to Spain so if your planning to ride to Spain through France you’ll need to do a Covid test or prove your fully vaccinated… then come on in the waters fine On return there is an additional ‘Test to Release’ system in place where you can pay for an extra test on day 5 on top of day 2 and day 8 and if its negative you no longer have to quarantine. Oddly enough even though a negative day 5 test will see your quarantine end you still have to do the scheduled test on day 8 anyway, go figure!
  5. I didnt want to buy Daytona’s cos I think theyre fugly. But I tried them and of the 6 pairs of boots Ive owned so far theyre head and shoulders above the rest, comfortable and completely waterproof but breathable. The strength of the footbed saved my foot from being turned to mush when the bike landed on it. It was still a bit squished with a hairline fracture and some ligament damage but I could feel the whole bike was resting on the side of the boots very sturdy sole. Well worth every penny. Warning manky picture below. You can see the line where the foot is completely undamaged and the footbed finishes.
  6. Saw the ‘Scotland’ sign post, crossed the border and my visor was immediately splattered with the swines!
  7. The NHS has traditionally never provided any healthcare treatments for leisure activities apart from vaccines against communicable diseases. That is the diseases you could bring back here and spread, the ones that would harm or kill just you its always been up to you to cough up ££ for. So mention the word holiday and a GP letter you need for the airline will suddenly cost between £25-£100! Thats just the way its always been, the taxpayer doesnt fund holiday and leisure activities. I dont have a problem with that.
  8. Id put money on you being able to travel without quarantining by then, I’m guessing from the leaks it will be shortly. The vaccine currently works and does cut transmission, theres no variant far enough away from the original strain to cause elevated transmission in vaccinated people so I’m guessing we’re heading to no quarantine travel or at least a window of opportunity for travel around the times you’ve booked off. You have nothing to lose booking that time off, if it all goes to ratshit again the UK coast, particularly the Scottish west coast is an amazing ride.
  9. What a lovely reply Thankyou. Eclectic mix is what makes this mad country worthwhile Looking forward to kicking off LEJOG next friday
  10. The general ministerial rumours reported in the papers (and rumours are of course always correct ) are that the majority of Europe is expected to get onto the green list by the end of June. We shall see.
  11. Not yet in the know, but all back roads. This gives a rough idea from a previous Garbage Run, I can guess at most of them but not all. Pretty sure the hours and miles shown is not correct.
  12. The tool that gives you “man surge” Brilliant.
  13. Tape and electrical ties have been a companion for a while, wouldnt attempt kidnap without them
  14. Afternoon. Hope you’re all well. My plan a couple of years ago was to do LEJOG but other things happened as is life’s way. Now so long as Covid doesn’t mess with things it’s happening end of May. The times booked off and I have surprised myself by joining Nathan Millward’s Garbage Run, surprised because I assumed I’d be on my tod or with my husband not part of a group. TBH £295 for 8 days was a draw. If it can’t go ahead in that format then myself and my other half will be going regardless. It’s up to 190miles a day and all back roads so “you can be riding for up to 7 hours a day” I like it because there’s a start n stop destination, you have a route but no obligation to ride in a group, you can “do your own thing” Training will commence in earnest as soon as we’re allowed out. My version of mechanical cover is road side assistance but in the highlands I think a puncture repair kit and a multi tool are sensible to carry. Over the years if any roadside disasters have unfolded some kindly person has always stopped to help and I’ve discovers they can’t do much if you don’t have the right kit Leatherman seem to be the premium name that keeps popping up but I’m bored of looking at multitools when I don’t know what I’m looking for? Any opinions on best multitools or puncture repair kits? Is there anything else you’d consider essential?
  15. I thought along those lines too but if some are starting on group 10 already it’s really not as far off as you think. If they’ve moved through people in their 50’s in two weeks then peeps in their 40’s won’t take long and you’ll be up next Have a look at the Covid vaccine calculator, it’ll probably be a pleasant surprise https://www.omnicalculator.com/health/vaccine-queue-england
  16. I wash mine in the machine, not often though just when muddy, turned inside out and zipped up. Seems to do the trick. I’m definitely too lazy for three hand washes in a bath!
  17. Had a good turn up. The surgeries here combined their efforts to do all the vaccinations at one centre, this is thousands of people and the largest part of the demographic here is aged and quite decrepit, more nursing and residential homes than you can shake a stick at. I’ve checked the surgeries website often and it keeps updating they’re still doing group 6 so I started to accept I wasn’t going to be getting jabbed anytime soon, maybe not in time for Eiffel, heyho that’s the way the cooking crumbles. But yesterday I got the invite and will be jabbed Sunday Apparently they’re streaking ahead, have been doing over 200 folk a day, and have now started on folk in their 40’s (Group 10)! Whoop whoop. And just for a bit of icing my bezzie that I’ve not seen for a year now (and lives in a different catchment area) coincidentally booked the same day, place and time slot so that’s a nice thing ay
  18. It’s got a lot of people very hot under the collar, if they just give the stones to wales that would finish the argument
  19. The cocoon sleeping bag arrived and its bigger than my tent well not quite but it’s at least double the size (when compressed) of a normal sleeping bag and blimey it’s packed in that bag tightly. Size n shape wise I don’t think it’s going to be an issue so for £45 I’m going to keep it, give it a run out and then I’ll know if a future upgrade is needed whether a cocoon will do. Going to have to get/make a slightly bigger bag though. Only downside I can see is I feel like a caterpillar in a children’s book!
  20. My local helmet city have always been able to get me helmet parts in that aren’t listed on their website but unfortunately going into one and having a chat is off the cards at the moment until the 12th April (assuming the next phase goes ahead). Worth remembering though cos no p&p and a bimble to pick up something mobike related is always good.
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