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Grumpy Auld Smeesh

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About Grumpy Auld Smeesh

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Ayrshire
  • Interests
    Gardening , Cycling , Guinness.
  • Towcar
    Mercedes Coupe E350
  • Caravan
    2008 Elddis Avante

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  1. After I sit my reval course for my IAM's Blue Light ticket tomorrow morning I'm off to pick up Wee Berthy in glorious Kintyre. Bringing the auld girl up the road but having a long weekend of debautchery and cycling first. So fingers crossed we get some decent weather but not holding ma breath. Just packing to go and I tell you this I do not miss the pre trip packing ... GAS ...
  2. Yes . No problems . Regularly take a truck along this stretch cutting across from Glen Coe to Oban .... Enjoy.... GAS ....
  3. Welcome to CT Mark. . Sounds like a wee project indeed. You have joined the right forum for all info one way or another. Couple of points do you have the correct licence to tow as the law has slightly changed not knowing your age ? On the safety side I would suggest a mobile caravan engineer to give the van the once over. Thinking more on the Gas and Electricity side just for safety plus mind and get a CO and Smoke detector. That's a must !! The cost for such a service can differ. As for the cosmetic side you will be surprised what a good auld scrub can do to get rid of odours. Curtains , carpets and soft furnishings can be cleaned. Avondale was a good quality van in its day. I wish you "Good Luck" on your new project .... GAS ...
  4. From oily fingers to green fingers BC ... Outstanding. Your in touch with your feminine side. Not meaning to be racist in case the CT Snowflakes take offence insinuating you have to be female to be a gerdiner. Love my "gerdin". Started knitting as find it very therapeutic . In the process in knitting a scarf for the Jolly Green Giant .... GAS ....
  5. Yer right Gary every Post or Comment gets dissected until they find something to disagree with. Seems to be the way with everything in life and CT ! GAS ...
  6. Save yourself the hassle and find some local storage. Depending on your neighbours you may ruffle some feathers having in their mind an "eyesore" parked up in the street plus you get to keep your drive... GAS ....
  7. So going by your chain of thought any one who has a wood burning stove is a member of the "Rat Race" ? It has absolutely Hee Haw to do with you what type of heating anyone has in their van and just to add wood burners are cleaner to the environment than burning fossil fuelled gas and what about the big massive power station that powers your van when you turn yer telly on and what about the environmental damaging mode of transport you choose to get to your van ? Your a one person environmental disaster ! " A shake my heed " in bewilderment at your comment .... GAS ...
  8. Maybe so but it still takes longer to get from Prestwick to Glasgow by train than Glasgow International Airport to Glasgow City centre using the Bus . Non Stop bus lucky if it takes 15 minutes.... Started my Airport Firefighter civilian career at Prestwick but moved on once the BAA pulled out so jumped ship to Glasgow. Prestwick Airport is now an embarrassment due to lack of funding and a total dump from its Transatlantic glory days. Technology landing A/C in Low Visibility and travellers wanting to get to closer to city destinations also did not do the once proud airport any good. You know I read time and time again about the dreaded midgey.. I am a regular visitor to Kintyre and Glencoe. Cycle miles in all weathers and do not get affected or bothered by any of them. Think some of you lot want to " Man Up " when visiting the Highlands... Deary Me it's so boring reading the same drivel every time someone posts about going to Scotland... Just don't come if its that bad ..... GAS ...
  9. Yip you and Gordon have got it spot have noticed up our neck of the wood shave been seeing more and more low height barriers in situ obviously to deter the wild camper and may I add the overnight trucker looking for a space for the night they are also well guilty of leaving all sorts of waste usually tea coloured in a plastic bottle amongst the rest of their rubbish so not all wild campers are to blame. It all boils down to the usual minority of the selfish "me me me" attitudes we see in all walks of that spoil it for the responsible. I have said before on here I do not know why some school playgrounds with good access could be utilised as another option for overnight campers only in the more popular areas especially up in the highlands with a small donation /charity box then again thinking about it maybe not .... GAS ...
  10. Well had my first ride out on the Orbea Gain road bike. Cheeky wee 23 miles on quite a hilly road system. Being practically double the weight of my carbon Pinnacle thought I was in for a bit of bother.. Brilliant piece of kit. Being the other side of 55 was starting to loose my cycling mojo especially when surrounded by so many hills that would challenge the more seasoned cyclists. 3 assist modes 1 being economy mode to preserve the inbuilt battery and assist 2 and 3 when things get a bit tougher. Also have a App on my phone that gives you all your information via Bluetooth from the bike. Speed , distance and battery gauge. Turned on Eco mode 1 and was on most of the trip and only had to go into assist 2 when I met a good 15 to 20 mph head wind that destroys all enthusiasm but soon back down to one when the going got easier. My only criticism would be the weight on the rear wheel electric motor you don't half feel every bump on the road but being a racing road bike was half expecting this against the hybrid e range. Once you stop pedalling the assist mode turns off and is like a ship dropping an anchor. Would have preferred the carbon frame but another £1000 maybe next time. If you want to keep your miles up and beat " The Hill " for us ageing cyclist's this the toy for you. Looking forward to my Whitelees Windfarm trip on Monday being a 30 mile round trip.... So far so good... GAS ...
  11. Well I bought the bike . Same as this but in a gun metal colour. Pick it up Wednesday. Could have got it today but GAS went on the drink last night and broke his 100 day alcohol gap. Still not too bad as I have not had a drink since the 2nd of January. So sitting here full of "The Fear" sobering up... ... Looking forward to some Big Miles with the aid of this technology... Its the wee pink one at the back by the way.... GAS ...
  12. Excellent JTQ. Thanks for the info. Yes think this will do just fine. . 😉 GAS. .😇
  13. Actually you have a point on the battery location and one I shall discuss on Thursday. The battery is inside the down tube but forgot to ask if and how it can be replaced. Yip the charging point is at the base of the down tube. One multi function colour coded switch on the top tube with blue tooth connectivity to an app on your phone giving you all the relevent information. This is the alloy framed version slightly heavier than the carbon version but the carbon version is nearly another £1000 . Mrs Smeesh is doing summersaults as it is with the usual "you already have two bikes" scenario . .. I reminded her of her weekly delivery of clothes to calm the storm. .... Why do wiman never understand ?? GAS . ....
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