Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

January 6, 2009

the calm before the…

Filed under: bikes,lunacy - mine,lunacy - other peoples,on-one — dgpowell @ 12:05 pm

OK, so we’ve got:

  • a room in the Ben Wyvis booked for the Friday and Sunday nights
  • some nice new studded ice tyres on order
  • about a millionteen brake pads on standby
  • all my winter clothes out
  • 4 li-ion batteries for the dinottes, plus 2 spare backup lights with 5hrs run time each
  • the worlds largest tent (piccie below) ready to become a home from home

can you tell what it is yet?!

The joy that is web-based route planners all agree on the quickest route to the strathpuffer, however there seems to be some discrepancy between them on how long it should take: the shortest time being 5hrs 37mins and the longest currently standing at 7hrs 14mins.
I’m planning on it taking all day as I’m quite tempted to stop off and do some tourism en route – the dalwhinnie distillery is temptingly close to the A9.

Angela has agreed to come along for the experience. Well, for the experience of a weekend in scotland, not so much for the 24hrs in a tent watching me get steadily more grouchy and muddy. So my usual car driving playlist of angry-music-to-be-angry-at-other-car-drivers-with will probably need some alteration and I won’t be able to use the passenger seat of the berlingo as a larder, but at least i won’t end up talking to myself for hours on end 🙂

big tent in bags, muddy bike on rug

As you can see, the new tent is hugely huge – and this is before it gets removed from it’s carry bags (and we all know that tents never fit back in their carry bags properly once you’ve dared to remove them…). Oh and no, I’ve not cleaned the Uncle John since the race on sunday, I know I should, but it’s cold outside.


  1. You’d be surprised about the tent, my 8 man dome tent fits back into its back no problems 🙂

    Comment by TimK — January 6, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

  2. not only have you not cleaned your bike but there’s some some kinda fermenting energy drink left over too 😉

    see you in scotland 🙂

    Comment by kateC — January 6, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  3. Good luck pal, i’m so glad you did not ask me to keep you awake on this one, it’s gonna be cold as f#@K

    Comment by wayne — January 6, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  4. Best of luck Dave, it’s going to be about minus 80!

    Comment by terrahawk — January 6, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  5. Enjoy and watch out for Thorburn …. he will dominate i tell theeee….

    I feel compelled to say it was 40degrees C at the last race i did a week or so ago 😉 …

    Comment by Terry — January 7, 2009 @ 2:35 am

  6. Good Luck !
    If you visist the distillery,remember to wait till after the race to imbibe.

    Comment by Dave's Dad — January 7, 2009 @ 9:40 am

  7. the leftover energy drink should be nicely alcoholic by the start of the strathpuffer, hopefully 🙂

    current weather predictions (it’s still to early for a proper weatherwatch(tm) ) claim it’s going to warm up a bit over the next week before getting colder again…

    Comment by dgpowell — January 7, 2009 @ 10:42 am

  8. Good Luck young man.


    Comment by DanLees — January 7, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  9. Good luck Dave – very very unenvious of you doing this one!

    Comment by Rod — January 7, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

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