Test run – aka the commando tour

“Last Christmas I received 33 pairs of knickers”.  I still remember this being an opening line on a piece of creative writing at school many years ago. I was reminded of it when starting to write this blog regarding a bike weekend I have recently been on… so here goes…

“Last weekend I forgot to pack my knickers”. Heading off at 645am as part of my three day bike weekend in Arran and Kintyre it appears key items of luggage were left behind.  I had only one pair of pants and the sports bra I left the flat in – early mornings are definately not my thing! Having now packed up my flat in Edinburgh ready for the trip most things are packed away or in panniers/suitcases ready for my departure.My usual  routine has been altered and with that came a real packing failure.

The weekend was a test run for cycling with my four panniers.

After 125 miles, a few hills and many many midge bites we had a great 3 day trip. I’m so looking forward to my longer tour – fantastic scenery, good food and great chat.

While the panniers are likely to be slightly heavier in a few weeks time here’s hoping the additional underwear won’t make too much difference!


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About bikemind

I have spent the past 16 years working hard and building my way up a career ladder: completing my MBA then getting my first CEO role. After 5 years of that I am now embarking on a dream and a new adventure. I have to date cycled in France, Canada, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Lands End to John O'Groats is my longest trip to date. Now 5 months in I have cycled west coast America, Japan, Nepal and India.

9 thoughts on “Test run – aka the commando tour

  1. Excuses excuses, you were just trying to make extra room for shoes! Have a wonderful time Mrs! Will certainly follow you on here and look forward to catching up when we can xxx

  2. one of the shops in town had bunting made out of patriotic red white and blue g-strings – maybe you should decorate the commando with bunting, rather than keeping it commando!

    if i don’t speak to you – have a blast! xx

  3. I got 9 pairs of socks last Christmas. My Auntie Kate gives me a new batch each year. I’m always happy to receive Angora ones 😀

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