Six people transforming the way they travel
by Ali Macleod…
Reading Anne’s blog about going to the SNP conference has got me thinking about the draw backs of rural transport provision. I have always thought that the services here in Applecross will never be what is taken for granted in more built up areas of the country and fair enough as simply living here is such a great compensation. The electric bike has actually solved my transport within the peninsula and I honestly only use, and will use, my van for transporting goods, such as bait, creels, wood, seaweed and the like. I can cheat a little as well as was the case yesterday. Coming down with the “man flu” and finishing a shift at the Inn I still had to take the dogs out for their jaunt. I am getting better at multi tasking, yes we guys can do it as well, it’s just that we have to put a little more thought into it. So, as Applecross Community Company is working with Community Broadband Scotland in rolling out our own Broadband network, I decided to take Dougal and Co down to Toscaig to see the latest mast set up.
Instead of a walk it was a run for them with me on the bike. Five miles later and a walk up a hill plenty of exercise was achieved.
Dougal,not being in the picture, as he was rodent hunting off to the right up a wee hill gets a picture of his own, pre-walk as he is invariably filthy went he comes home.
On a slightly different note I am scheduled to go to Glasgow next month for a fishing meeting at the City Chambers. With this new mindset in place I will be investigating a public/private transport journey. Going back to Anne’s comment about rural transport difficulties, as the meeting is on a Tuesday it would have been impossible for me to get out of Applecross on public transport, so the first part will have to be in the van. It is a genuine thumbs up to Stop Climate Chaos Scotland for this change in thinking. Whether I manage some of the journey on public transport remains to be seen.
And finally back to the swans. As I have said before I have always stopped the van when I see things, events or colours but the little change I notice now is I hear nature as well. I was five minutes late for work as I had stopped not just to watch the swans but to listen to them calling across Milton Loch, obviously organising a get together.