Just returned from doing the Ridgeway ;cyclists annoying (I ride too) quite brainless first thing you know with some is the whizz past the shoulder.Worse on the Clyde and Forth canal sometime back.
Now we have the added problem of quadbike users on paths.To wait while a few of these pass is apita.
I was amused on the Ridgeway where Sid and Doris Bonkers were trundling up the non- byway part in a family car and then spotted the no vehicle sign.They stopped and started reversing. I would have paid good money to hear the in car conversation.
'Oh look Doris there is a sign. What does it mean. Are we wrong .Where do we go now.'
They gave up the reversing, ploughed on and will probably be never seen again.
When a tick is embedded in the skin, it will look similar to a mole from a distance but will be itchy or sore,often it is the nymph stage that bites humans and can be pin head size.There will be a small dark lump and a small amount of the skin around it may go a dark purple/brown/black colour. Later there is the classic bulls-eye sympton around the area.
If the head of the tick is in the skin, you should get tweezers/tick lifter and try to pull it out.f you have a tick, it is best to go to the doctors, even if you manage to remove it yourself, as they will need to test for Lyme Disease. Keep the tick for identification purpose. I understand the most risk is from deer ticks,here it is more likely they are sheep ticks which are less of risk.
A tick lifter can be made by cutting a nick in an old credit card or similar.
I am self confessed stove nerd.I recently did The Ridgeway walk using a flissure clone and a FeatherFire stove.The boil time for two cups water is just over 4mins very quick. I reckon it is because the stove is better engineered than my home made pop can stoves.However I am not precious about boil times ; hey I have all evening and plenty of time in the morning.The clone is great as I made coffee whilst in my sleeping bag not concerned of a spill over in the vestibule.-I have SixMoons Wild Oasis.Occasionally I even made afternoon tea as the set up is good.
I am about to make Titanium flissure and have looked at making a Ti Tri so I can wood burn if necessary. However to preseve my titanium supply I am first going to try my Ti Pocket Stove in wood mode protected by the Ti flissure, maybe not fully enclosed.
I use remote canister stove for car camping and winter conditions.