When your friend wants to visit a remote island for a bit of quiet contemplation and solitude, of course you jump at the chance to join him – at least that’s what we did. As we do every year, Ben and I had a week ‘off’ between Fort William World Cup and Tweedlove festival and fancied doing something a wee bit different, and out of our comfort zones. Enter bikepacking.
[Warning: Contains spoilers for Episode 1, Season 7 of Game of Thrones]It's safe to say that literally everyone has been waiting for Season 7 of Game of Thrones to start for what feels like a decade (and feels weird to say it's only been a year). As someone who can't stay up to watch it when it comes out, I record it to watch the day after - this means avoiding the internet for the whole day after it comes out, because mega spoilers everywhere - the internet is dark and full of terrors.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin BuberWhen your token bearded, survivalist friend, Darren, says that there’s a bothy perfect for solitude on the North side of a remote island that he wants to check out, why wouldn’t you say, “we’ll come! What kit do we need?”? You buy a couple of frame bags and a tiny roll mat and you don’t think anything else of it. How hard could it be? After all, the island is less than 25km from top to tail.
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