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I am finally on my way with a heavy cold, but this time last year it was swine flu so nothing was stopping me this year
Joined the M5 at junctin 3 and hit stationary traffic and it was like this all afternoon, got off in the lakes had some tea in Windermere and did the kirkstone pass before getting to the hotel on the 74. I remembered why I F..KING Hate motorways especially on a bike .
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saturday morning started fine and clear all bodes well, up to and through Glasgow and onto the A82 Loch Lomond on the right but I had an urge toget to Loch Fyne to sample the sea food at a resturant on the loch side, great food, great road down there even though it was pissing down, but the mist and rain just makes the mountains look moody through Lochgilphead and Tarbert
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Whitehouse to Oban to Whitehouse
Weather varied between drizzle and rain, running water over and on the road, literally streams of water on the bends wet weather riding really starting to improve (every cloud as a silver lining ) the A816 was a stunning roller coaster of a road with superb scenery
more to follow if your not asleep already
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Rain on rain, the day started with rain which continued near enough all day, from Whitehouse (which is near Campbeltown) to Inveraray on up Glen Aray and on to Tyndrum where I hit the A82 again and across Rannoch Moor where I stood and thought you could scatter my ashes here a stuning place combined with Glen Coe it could almost make you believe in God my photos will not do the place justice, just amazing. Onwards and upwards to Fort William and Invergarry where I turned on to the A87 and over the sea to Skye through the Kyle of Lochalsh, I would go back just to do Skye again, great great road and unbelieveable views. I saw a lime green tiger on Skye. Found a nice little B and B for the night.
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Skye to Tongue
Day started clear and I thought I had cracked, I went to the top of Skye and the road was just stunning back down and across to the main land again and heading north on the A890 heading for Ullapool for dinner I had heard a rumour that there was a good fish and chip shop there, I was reveling in the dry roads during my expert carving and apexing of the bends I came across what I thought was a "cowin crow" in the road, as I got closer I thought it was a "bloody big buzzard" I set up for another perfect bend when I realised that the bird was an "enormous Eagle" I was elated to see an Eagle so close till it took off right in front of me I was making some seriuos progress at the time, I must admit my arse went into serious "half a crown and sixpense" mode as it's wings seemed to fill the road, the bird gave me a look and glided smoothly past my right side, that made the trip worth while alone. Got to Ullapool and had a superb fish dinner on the pier. Met up with the lime green tiger which was ridden by a German guy his mate was on a KTM. The views are out of this world up here I do not have the vocabulary to explain them to you just go and see them yourself. On up to Durness and Tongue
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Tongue to Lochinver and summer isles
Tongue to Lairg in heavy rain across a really remote and bleak moor along Loch Loyal which looked very nice from what little I could see single track roads to Altnaharra to Lairg where I fueled up and nearly binned the bike by a fuel pump due to some muppet dumping a load of fuel and other crap on the forecourt. I went around Coigach to a sea food restuarant and a smoke house, great smoked salmon. these roads were c roads at best but super to ride stayed in Lochinver at a biker friendly b+b Tigh Lios 01571 844051
Loch Inver to Altass
the weather seemed to be improving, so to Stoer and around to the light house weather was drying but a very cold and strong wind had gotten up, must admit I prefer rain to wind, around to Drumbeg which seemed to take for ever as the road was very twisty you was either going left or right if not that you were up or down and sometimes it felt like all four, it was a snake of a road with stunning vistas fighting the temptation to look at the scenary all the time instead of the bloody road. eventually I worked my way back around to Altass where I stayed for the night.
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Altass to Ballater
very cold today and really windy clear and bright to start but had rain and sleet later on in the day,some quite fast roads today, but it was strange to see all the traffic on the A9. the road across the Cairngorms was out of this world but the wind was really high and this is where the sleet got me. There are some blind up hill hairpins, must admit I was disappointed with these mountains thats only because the west was so good I met the Germans again they had stayed in Aberdeen for the night and was all agog with the fact the students had been walking around in their bikinis and that was just the guys, they were on the way to Newcastle to get the ferry home.
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Ballater to home
A 395 miler today but had some out of this world roads to play on first, the day was bright but cold probably the best days weather so far F..KING typical, there was loads of bikes heading north and I was strangely feeling pissed off by the time I hit Edinburgh, just wanted to turn around and go back north. Any how the A7 cheered me up some what another great road. Hit the M6 and fairly rapid ride home.
3 hours to clean the bloody bike, and thoughts of how could I make a living up north so I could go and live there. Just a fantastic place