So we need to start getting used to going on some bike packing adventures. Neither of us regularly camped at any point in our lives (except Mike's cycling trip to America) so the prospect of doing this for 14 months next year is slightly daunting. We are yet to buy our tent for the trip so we're still using Mike's reliable Vango tent he's had for a few years - thankfully big enough for the two of us.
Not only will be need to do more of these long weekends away to get used to being alone in the middle of nowhere with our bikes and our tired legs and our excited faces, but we'll need to get into a routine of finding somewhere suitable to pitch up and setting up camp for one night at a time. Wild camping is legal in Scotland so that's the plan for multiple weekends between now and leaving in April 2017. Yes, even over winter!
So our first trip away together was to the Isle of Arran. We eased ourselves into the wild camping by just camping in the garden of a work colleague of Helen's. Not a campsite, but not the middle of nowhere. A good place to start.
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