Bikes and Bothies: A Microadventure in Scotland

I casually suggested to my work colleague Kate, that maybe one weekend we could cycle to a bothy together.  Bothies are remote buildings that provide shelter, often maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. They are usually free to use, and open to everyone.  Kate and I are not terribly adventurous (the only time we had previously cycled together, was to the beach for an ice-cream), nor have we spent much time outside of work together.  However, we both commute to work by...

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Slacklining: Why Balance on a Wobbly Piece of Webbing?

You know that feeling when you try out a new sport and you really suck at it? That’s slacklining for everybody, don’t worry it’s not just you! It looked easy when you saw that person in the park balancing, bouncing and floating around on the webbing strap between two trees. You put your leg up and it starts to shake, you step up and the line vibrates and wiggles, your knees wobble and you’re quickly back on the ground. 

This is what happens to most people with...

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A Midsummer Night Dreaming: A Solstice Microadventure

It was the 21st June. I was pottering around my study, trying to finish up some writing for a contract and I was feeling quite cooped up. I hadn’t been on a ‘proper ride’ on my bicycle since I stepped off it at John O’Groats over a month previously.

“Sod this,” I thought, closing the lid of my laptop. I didn’t have any plans for the evening, and the longest day of the year looked like it was going to be a cracker: shame to waste it.

I’d had in...

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