Ready Spready Go

We’re planning on reaching Scotland in late June or early July, so we probably won’t need to consult Transport Scotland’s Trunk Road Gritter Tracker. However, I’m not quite willing to leave this to chance, so I’m saving the link here.

Scotland Trunk Road Gritter Tracker
Scotland Trunk Road Gritter Tracker

Many of the gritters have been assigned names by schoolchildren, and the tracker allows you to search for these. Select “Vehicle Name” from the drop-down, and find such favorites as Sir Salter Scott and Gritty Gritty Bang Bang.

As inventive as Scotland’s schoolchildren are, they weren’t quite a match for the residents of Doncaster, a bit to the south:

Warm Showers and Couch Surfing

Friend Lee shares two resources for crowd-sourcing hospitality:

  • Couch Surfing

    It’s not a niche (cycling) crowd, and I found I put more time into considering which people NOT to send requests to. But hosts are all ages, so one simply rapidly gets better at identifying hosts you’d imagine being comfortable around.

    But when a profile says ‘Join for a beer now’ and you’ve just finished 90 miles on the bike in a day, you’ll be damn happy to meet them, whoever they are.

    Often the Couchsurfing mentality is that a host will be super happy to show you local stuff — sights, eats, drinks — like the classic middle eastern hosting tradition. It’s a great way in, and an instant connection.

  • Warm Showers

    Everywhere you go, you can find / meet / stay with people who have done cycle touring 😉

    You can see the active members by count once logged in.

    I had all great experiences through finding a dozen or more hosts …

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