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    Anyone remember a most interesting thread some time ago (probably back on VD), discussing whether it is possible to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours, completely avoiding motorways?

    Well, it is possible. I just did it.

    I left my parents house in St Boswells (Scottish Borders) yesterday at 11.51am. My odometer was reading 41,286.

    I just got home thirty minutes ago, and the odometer now reads 42,289.

    That's 1,003 miles, in 22.5 hours. No motorways used at all, all 20/30/40/50 speed limits obeyed (but NSL is fair game, as usual )

    I'll post a map of my route in a little while, but essentially I did a lap of the north of Scotland. From the Borders up to Edinburgh, around the Fife coastal route to Dundee, up to Blairgowrie / Braemar / Tomintoul and Nairn then on to Inverness. Up the east coast to John O'Groats, then followed the single track lanes to Ullapool. Back to Inverness, then down the great glen to Fort William. Back to Stirling via Crianlarich and Callendar, then on to Edinburgh again. Down to Peebles and Moffat, and across St Marys Loch to Selkirk. Down via Hawick and Bonchester Bridge, then followed the A68 back home (with a small diversion via Barnard Castle, to get the last 15 miles in!)

    I'm knackered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly View Post
    Anyone remember a most interesting thread some time ago (probably back on VD), discussing whether it is possible to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours, completely avoiding motorways?

    Well, it is possible. I just did it.

    I left my parents house in St Boswells (Scottish Borders) yesterday at 11.51am. My odometer was reading 41,286.

    I just got home thirty minutes ago, and the odometer now reads 42,289.

    That's 1,003 miles, in 22.5 hours. No motorways used at all, all 20/30/40/50 speed limits obeyed (but NSL is fair game, as usual )

    I'll post a map of my route in a little while, but essentially I did a lap of the north of Scotland. From the Borders up to Edinburgh, around the Fife coastal route to Dundee, up to Blairgowrie / Braemar / Tomintoul and Nairn then on to Inverness. Up the east coast to John O'Groats, then followed the single track lanes to Ullapool. Back to Inverness, then down the great glen to Fort William. Back to Stirling via Crianlarich and Callendar, then on to Edinburgh again. Down to Peebles and Moffat, and across St Marys Loch to Selkirk. Down via Hawick and Bonchester Bridge, then followed the A68 back home (with a small diversion via Barnard Castle, to get the last 15 miles in!)

    I'm knackered.

    Congrats. err probably, I remember the thread and being quite irritated by people stating it couldnt be done as a matter of fact when I know I've done it!

    Bet you are sleeping well after a ride like that.

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    Mad fool...

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    It can't be done.

    You are hallucinating through lack of sleep, or as big a liar as Sticky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    It can't be done.

    You are hallucinating through lack of sleep, or as big a liar as Sticky.
    I got some sleep. Lay on a bench at St Mary's Loch at 6 this morning, for a half-hour power-nap Was woken by the rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly View Post
    I got some sleep. Lay on a bench at St Mary's Loch at 6 this morning...
    The name suits, but...
    I thought it was about a dog, not you.

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    Here we go. Route attached
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    You should get a "Littlest Hobo" sticker for your lid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    It can't be done.

    You are hallucinating through lack of sleep, or as big a liar as Sticky.
    It was actually just swamp gas caught by radiation from unusual solar activity. Happens all the time.



    Actually when i first got my car licence I jumped in my mini and went on a tour of england to visit lady friends around the country (I grew up in a tourist spot so had regular visitors), swansea, somewhere in staffs, preston, york and london. trouble was i didn't get much sleep when off the road, I knew it was time to pull over when approaching York I saw a Giraffe walk across the dual carriageway and reasoned that it was OK because Nescafe had sponsored it to do so!

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    We did about that distance coming back from France (the France end and then this end up to Leeds), catnap on the Ferry, Calais to Dover. We were just blatting back so we were using the motorways. I must admit, just riding pillion I was worried about falling asleep and my backside was aching by the time we got back, I wouldn't really want to do that distance as a fun ride. You must have a fair amount of stamina and concentration to have done it (what on earth's your backside made of)?

    Well done btw, does sound as though you really enjoyed it

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    My hero

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    Zoiks.
    You, sir, are a special kind of mental.
    Kudos.

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    Nice one,you've gone over some cracking roads

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTack View Post
    Nice one,you've gone over some cracking roads
    Ullapool to Inverness is a belter. And there's bus shelter in the north that was a godsend on my scottish tour a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly View Post
    That's 1,003 miles, in 22.5 hours. No motorways used at all, all 20/30/40/50 speed limits obeyed (but NSL is fair game, as usual )

    I'll .
    your 1 1/2 hours short that means you'll have to do it again cos it doesn't count

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