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Hi Nick ~ a veritable noble effort and interesting words and pics. I highly recommend that you visit Wensleydale, and Swaledale, and Robin Hoods Bay (each with some hills!) whilst you move through Yorkshire, which could be soon at the pace you are setting ~ you will find Northerners throughout too! Happy Trails
Thanks – I’ll check them out! Off to Manchester next… keen to check out some of the relics of the old industrial north
you should explain how you were in Hebden Bridge one minute, and then your photo stream suggests you are on the east coast!
Aha, you’ve noticed! I’m waiting for a spot a video editing to be completed and all will be revealed…
Where are you Nick?!
Hi Nick, Thanks for the article for Radical Roomers. You have been a bit lax on the up dates. People will think Hebden Bridge had a lot to blame. Love the pix of Cornerstones. Perhaps a series of co-operative kitchens! Much love Fern and all at the Nutty
I know I’m totally naughty with my updates at the moment: I have about 6 draft posts waiting to be completed. I’ll finish up my Hebden Bridge one now (sat in Penrith town centre) just for you
Speaking as somone who has never gone anywhere or done anything, I’m reading your blog with open mouthed fascination, i think you must be very brave or crazy or possibly both. I’m impressed though. How do you decide where to go next? are you planned out or do you go with the flow? How do you know where you can and can’t camp? Where do you leave all that stuff if you need to Dine,Shop or explore somewhere? Have you ever been scared? I know I would be petrified.
Hiya, well thanks for reading! I’ll answer all your questions as they are good questions and other people might also wonder…
> How do you decide where to go next?
There is no one method – I started with a vague idea of reaching some of the Islands on the West coast of Scotland. Then there might be mini-goals in between – e.g. a visit to where my brother used to live in the Lake District, meeting with a friend in Edinburgh to catch the end of the festival, or visiting a housing co-op on the way. Then day-to-day I plan the route roughly in the morning, a lot of my route has been following sustans (http://www.sustrans.org.uk/) bike routes as they have little signs along the way so it means less map reading – and they often go along very nice routes.> are you planned out or do you go with the flow? I only have a few plans – I find it best to keep quite free as situations might come up that mean it’s nice to stay a little longer in a place.
> How do you know where you can and can’t camp?
I stay at marked campsites sometimes – and these are marked on my map or signposted locally. Sometimes I do wild camping – which is technically illegal but quite possible in a lot of places. Wild camping is not immoral (according to me) if you leave no trace and are discreet and respectful and it’s a useful way to bridge the gap in “official” accommodation – there is simply not enough campsites suited for this kind of trip (either not enough or they have way too much stuff and so are too expensive). I also ask people if they are willing to let me camp on their land – I haven’t done this a lot but it has been successful when I have tried it.
> Where do you leave all that stuff if you need to Dine,Shop or explore somewhere?
When dining it is usually possible to leave the bike with all the things attached somewhere that I can see it from my table. Shopping is often quick enough that I don’t mind leaving it outside unattended. I don’t tend to lock it up as it would be near impossible for somebody to cycle off unnoticed with it – the bigger risk is somebody opening my bags and taking things which locking does not help with. I have a small bag I can take with my with the most critical things in (wallet, passport, camera, etc).
> Have you ever been scared?
Yes! I was scared before I left – although I managed to lose myself in the details of the planning. I am not often scared though – the ability to wild camp I find very freeing because if it is getting dark and there is no official campsite I feel able to stop. The more common negative feeling is just being tired and not particularly feeling like doing MORE cycling.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to buy all the things I wanted for the trip and keep some money in the bank to make me feel secure enough – living is much cheaper than my life before but it still costs money.
In general I don’t have any special abilities to do this kind of thing with the one exception – the willingness to try it and take the first step…
it took a while but finally the explanation is ready – http://ontheroad.nicksellen.co.uk/2011/08/28/flim-flam-2011-a-100-mile-full-moon-bike-ride-to-flambough-head/
Anxiously waiting for the next thrilling instalment…
looking forward to the photos of Rum. Perhaps you could find out if there is a ceilidh while your there? Sottish crofter dancing photos appreciated! Plus a sound file of the band…..
There is a hall where they have ceilidhs but I think most things are shut(ting) down for the winter now. The shop is still open to 7pm (but opens at 5pm though). I’m hiding in the tent for now.
Pictures of Rum please.
Are you camping it up still?
I’m in a bothy tonight and tomorrow but then back to my tent. The bothy I’m in now is great, I want to move in!
Be patient for the pictures! I’ll probably upload some photos when I get back to the civilised end of Rum.
Nick! Glad to see you’re acquainting yourself with the local farm animals. Can’t beat the aimless wanderings of piglets. Ben Nevis in October too. Brilliant!
Myself, Katie, Martha and James are staying in a converted shepherds bothy – converted as in heating, kitchen, bathroom, log burner, oh yes – over new year near Glencoe. Be lovely if you we’re in the general vicinity and wanted to stay with us for a night or two?
That sounds lovely! I came through Glencoe on my way here.
I’m in a stone bothy with log burner right now, on Eigg. I’m quite taken with it and might never leave.
I’ll be in contact nearer the time…
sorry still haven’t loaded my Rum photos – I have Eigg photos too now. it’s on my todo list for tonight…
are you mainly settled now?
If so can we see pics of your new home, inside and out?
much love and New Year blessings from a Southerner
Has anyone seen Nick Sellen lately? He was last heard of in the wet and windy wilds of Scotland. Has he been blown away never to be seen again ???
I know, I think he got bored with us all and is settling into some mountain bothy somewhere, twitter account growing cold, enjoying the locals, cooking porridge and local ham and such like. I don’t know, enjoying the hermit life. We want our news!
Sorry it’s been so long since I have been in touch. Just catching up with everything on here. Sounds like you’re still having a fun time on the road. I hope you had a nice Christmas and wish you all the best through this coming year. Hope to see you at some point soon.
sorry! I’m here, and alive, twitter account back to life again, blog post writing coming soon…
I have been doing not much of interest I guess, celebrating new year etc, and hanging out in Edinburgh for a bit. off cycling again soon(ish) though.
Not to mention meeting handsome young men, almost arranging a date and then turning them down for being too unreliable! Or am I exagerating! Give us more gossip to brighten up our poor boring lives!
Yo. Great seeing you over the holidays there. Had a super nice walk through Glen Nevis. Was thinking about going back up, on the sleeper perhaps this time, beginning of March to try and nail some Munros over the space of a few days or possibly a week. Fancy it? Camping or hosteling…
Sounds good! I’m very likely to still be in Scotland but possibly not. Also I might end up being miles away but other than that I’d be up for that.
I do have to make a concerted effort to leave the vicinity of Fort William at some point you see.
It was good to see you over new year too, other than being all to brief like most trips are. I haven’t actually made it back to my bike yet since I started my new years jaunt. Got “trapped” in Edinburgh for a while.
Splendid! On brief inspection of sleeper prices from down here, going to somewhere like Dalwhinnie is half the price of Fort William. Will investigate more though. It’s just somewhere like Fort William there are like 34 Munros, so a bit more choice, especially over a week.
Any further thoughts whereabouts you might be in about a month, or would it be best just to choose an area now and rendezvous there?
Details via email I guess. Hope you’ve made it back to your bike by now.
And now where are you? Somewhere between London, Reading and Bath no doubt….
I'm currently I was of no fixed abode and cycling round Britain armed with a laptop, a solar panel, and a 3G dongle - read more
life with a car feels like playing a computer game with the cheats turned on
2 years ago
@BSM_Driving I already told you everything by phone - I'm not wasting any more of my time. type my name into your computer if you want more.
2 years ago
@AlexDRobertson mostly relaxing with my stateside family but probably some cycling too (probably quite for warmth)
2 years ago
@AlexDRobertson I've been working in Reading and now relaxing in Bath for a while - across the atlantic on a container ship next :)
2 years ago
... in addition to last week when @bennettsdriving booked me an instructor on his day off. total waste of time.
2 years ago
@BSM_Driving totally let me down, booked lesson but nobody turns up (they've got record of my instructor/calls/payment but not lesson)
2 years ago
RT @andywightman: Brilliant to hear so much refreshing talk about housing and land values being effectively one massive Ponzi scheme #ju ...
3 years ago
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28th August 11:30am - in a nice little flat in Edinburgh planning the days activities of comedy and shows etc
26th August 12:30pm - Edinburgh bound! trying to catch the last few days of the festival...
25th August 10:30pm - sat under a stary sky a short distance from Holy Island enjoying the 3mbps HSPA connection.
21th August 2:50pm - in Penrith having published a new blog entry finally. On the Sustrans C2C route for a few days and haven't seen this many bike tourists previously on the entire trip.
11th August 4pm - in St Davids with my folks having a bit of a family holiday
29th July 10:30pm - sat in Harrys bar in Coniston, Lake District. Feeling guilty that I haven't uploaded my photos or written many blog posts lately! But so tired and going to sleep very shortly.
21st July 2011 midday - leaving Nutclough Housing Co-op on my way to Leeds (up to Keighley then along the Leeds-Liverpool canal)
15th July 1pm - staying for a few days at Nutclough Housing Co-op in Hebden Bridge (been reading The Wealth of Nations in the garden this morning)
13th July 1pm - leaving Tim and Heathers lovely house I've been staying at for a while in Hale (near Manchester)
8th July almost midnight - on a soft comfy bed in Hale, Manchester
7th July 11:30am - just finished my breakfast in Worksop, sat by the canal, heading towards Manchester on Sustrans Route 6
5th July 2011 5pm - sat in Newark town square Starbucks doing some banking stuff
4th July 8pm - eating a pizza in a Prezzo on the waterfront in Lincoln
4th July 3pm - having a day out in Lincoln, sipping latte in "The Collection" museum before having a wander round
2nd July 2011 4:30pm - doing a bit of laptoping in Peterborough
2nd July 2011 10am - just finished full English breakfast near Huntington, heading on Sustrans route 15 to Peterborough
1st July 2011 3pm - sat in Cambridge by a pretty river (presumably the Cam)
30th June 2011 - on Sustrans Route 11 heading towards Cambridge
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