To Cycle or not to Cycle

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

That has been the question of late. 

When drenched in Ireland, I must admit, I was desperate to get to Edinburgh and have some change.  I wanted to rent a vehicle and do a little different type of travel for awhile.  Take a break from the bikes.  Plus it has the added advantage of covering more ground.  After Ireland took us 3 weeks, I'm no longer of the opinion that everything is really close together and can be done in no time.  However, Brian did not like my little idea of renting a car (even though we could have got one of those cute KA's).  Being a bit of a cheap-scape myself, after looking into it a bit more, I wasn't so sure anymore.  Although we only have about 6 days between forging events for Brian, we've planned a route that will get us around to a few key places in Scotland.  We won't get out to the west Islands or up to the Orkneys, but we wouldn't have been able to do that in a vehicle either.  I've also been off the bike for a few weeks now, so I'm anxious to get back at it again.  Although, it should be quite interesting after getting all squidgy these last two weeks. 

Our other big debate was about what to do next weekend.  Brian is going to a big forge event with some of the boys from the shop in Telford, England (we visited Blist's Hill with Anne Marie and Jim when we were staying in Oldham).  The big debate there was, do I go with them and we leave from there, or do I stay in Edinburgh and we leave from there.  That's only a 500km difference!!!  But stubborn as we are, Brian's going to trek back here and we'll leave together.  Only set us back another week or so, but we'll get to see the Lake District!

I guess both of us are enjoying cycling and like that we're traveling that way.  And as painful (and wet) as it can be at times, we are glad that we're doing it.  That and the strange looks that come across people's faces when we tell them what we're doing is worth a great laugh.  And if we do succeed, we'll both feel a great sense of pride in what we've done. 
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