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Old 06-17-2012, 01:15 PM   #61
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Hey Matt,

Great photos, I ride these roads too, it doesn't matter how many pictures you take you never get bored of the views! I'm from Falkirk also, I'll keep an eye out for you . G-luck with you test.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:26 PM   #62
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Any of you Scottish Guys Been to Missouri

I met a Scottish guy under the St Louis Missouri Arch, gave him a tour around SE Missouri. Forgot his name. Any one know a Lourdis? I like your pics too. I too hate litter and erosion caused by mineral and logging companies. They don't understand the drinking water quality is degrading fast. They get it. Just rather get drunk and forget it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:26 PM   #63
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Good stuff, nice abseil. Was up in scotland in april on my ZX9R visiting aberdeen.....it was wetBack up again later this month to do the 3 peaks challenge with work so no bike this time. Kicking off from Nevis and then south all the way in 24hr's...fingers crossed

If you need any test tips drop me a PM as also a qualified DAS instructor
Hope you get better weather this time. It was nice today (hence the photos shortly) but it's been pretty bad of late. Which is nothing new of course.

Thanks for your offer there, I will keep it in mind. Good luck with your 3 Peaks Challenge! Feel free to share some of your photos when you finish btw.

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Hey Matt,

Great photos, I ride these roads too, it doesn't matter how many pictures you take you never get bored of the views! I'm from Falkirk also, I'll keep an eye out for you . G-luck with you test.
Falkirk is far from perfect but it is handy for access to some amazing roads. Thanks man. Looking at start of July for my test. CBT runs out on the20th so I need to pass 1st time or I'll have to sit that again.


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I met a Scottish guy under the St Louis Missouri Arch, gave him a tour around SE Missouri. Forgot his name. Any one know a Lourdis? I like your pics too. I too hate litter and erosion caused by mineral and logging companies. They don't understand the drinking water quality is degrading fast. They get it. Just rather get drunk and forget it.
His name is Lourdis? There won't be many of them around here.

You don't see much pollution from companies here, certainly not out of the big cities anyway. Maybe they just got good at hiding it. It's worse when it's by ordinary people. They can't even claim that the money made them do it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:40 PM   #64
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Finally, a break from the rain!

We'd had a dry day last week but I was having my first lesson on a 'big bike'. It was a Suzuki Bandit I think. It went well and I really enjoyed it. The difference between the Bandit and my Marauder is crazy. Moving from 40mph to 60mph took seconds rather than minutes!

Anyway my next lesson is at the end of the month. I wasn't sure if I'd even go out on my own bike between now and my next lesson as I didn't want it to interfere with my adjustment to the bigger bike. But the sun was out so that idea got dropped as quickly as I'd thought of it.

I left the house with absolutely no idea where I was headed. I would decide on the way.

I wondered if my bike would now feel slow and sluggish compared to the Bandit but in all honesty it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. If anything I was relieved I was on a bike that I could stretch out my legs a bit. The Bandit was comfy enough but the legs-tucked-underneath seating position made my knees stiff after a while.

There were no dramas on the way up. The road up past Loch Lubnaig was quiet which was nice. I usually either have a caravan in front of me that I can't get round or a massive lorry that's going too fast for me to move away from.

Stopped in a lay-by that I don't normally use to get some different photos of Loch Lubnaig. You're allowed campervans etc in the local lay-bys and car parks as long as you don't stay in them overnight, though I'm not sure if cops patrol them to check. There was a family by the loch that looked like they'd been there for a month. Their crap was all over the place as well. I'm guessing it'll still be there after they're away.

This is the southern tip of the loch.

Loch Lubnaig:







I consulted a map and it turns out the water you see in these photos is slowly making its way out of Loch Lubnaig and towards the Forth Bridge. I'd love to know how long it takes to get there. It's the kind of useless trivia I find fascinating.






It was while I was taking these photos that I decided that my destination was Killin. It really is my favourite place to sit down and have my lunch. I was going to stop on the way there to take some photos but I decided to take advantage of the quiet roads and just ride.

Got to Killin, sat on the rocks and had my lunch with the sun shining and the water flowing. Bliss.

Killin:



I slipped on the rocks as I was getting this photo and came pretty close to taking a swim. It looks pretty wild here but this flows into a calm pool so while I wouldn't have drowned, the ride home would have been a misery.
















I sat for half an hour or so and headed home. Seemed like the country's biking population had managed to get an early finish from work to take advantage of the weather (a week of rain is now forecast) as having passed only a handful of bikes on the way out, I was now passing countless bikes on my way home.

I seemed to be on my own heading south which was great. Having a road to yourself really is special.

I also had to dodge some old woman who walked out in front of me at the top of my street. She seemed none the wiser.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:26 PM   #65
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Looks great(hope that weather holds for me in 10 days)
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:05 PM   #66
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Looks great(hope that weather holds for me in 10 days)
Fingers crossed. Our 1 day of sunshine has become 3 (assuming the forecast for tomorrow doesn't change again). That gives us a full week of rain before you arrive. We don't usually get more than a week of rain so I'm confident you'll get blue skies.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:13 PM   #67
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Loving this thread. i haven't been to Scotland for 3 years now, before that I did a few trips by car. Must get back some day. Thanks for the ride.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #68
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Yesterday the weather man told us it would be raining today but he apparently changed his tune. It was going to be sunny and cloudy. Well that's pretty much as good as it gets here so I set off.

I would be taking the long way to Inveraray. I would head up past Loch Lubnaig as I usually do and keep going until I reached Tyndrum (home of the Green Welly Stop). There I would swing west and the south to Inveraray before heading home via Loch Lomond.



I had a small moment when I slowed and moved over on the road to allow an ambulance to pass. Some tit thought that that was his cue and zoomed passed me just as I was moving back to the centre of my lane. Good thing I do my lifesavers. I gave him a blast of the horn but got no acknowledgement. Sigh.

The rest of the trip was uneventful thankfully.

I spotted a bit of Glen Ogle that I hadn't stopped at and looked like it would provide some nice photos so I pulled over. After slipping down a load of loose stones I started taking photos.

Glen Ogle:














On the road into Crianlarich there are two lochs; Loch Lubhair and Loch Dochart. They're right next to each other and one flows into the next. From the road it looks like one loch. A while ago I noticed through the trees that there was some sort of ruin on an island on the loch. Turns out it was Loch Dochart Castle. I decided I'd get some photos today. Unfortunately I wasn't 100% on the exact location of the castle so I ended up looking at the wrong loch! By the time I did pass it the view was blocked by a load of lorries so I missed it and I couldn't be bothered turning round to go find it. I'll get it next time.

Loch Lubhair was quite nice though.

Loch Lubhair:












Normally I stop in Tyndrum to stretch my legs but I was feeling good so kept going. I would be heading onto the A85. I had been on this road once before but not in this direction. I wasn't on it long when I spotted a good place to take some more photos.

A85:











The road was empty. I only saw 2 cars the whole time I was on it. It really was great. I saw signs for Inveraray and turned south. I was barely round the corner when I saw a castle. Having lost a castle earlier, I wasn't going to miss out on this one so pulled in. Kilchurn Castle sits by Loch Awe. To get close enough to get decent photos I had to cross a field. This was fine and good at first but the closer I got to the loch the more marshy things got. After negotiating a path through I got to the beach. Was a nice spot. And seemingly a popular one because as well as a dozen or so anglers, there were also remnants of numerous campsites dotted about. I can see why you'd want to spend time here mind you.

Loch Awe:













The road from here to Inveraray was quiet. Sadly, it was also being resurfaced. When I say resurfaced I mean a load of gravel had been spread out all over the road and the cars would press them into the tarmac as they drove over them. This sucked any enjoyment I would have had from the road.

So I arrived in Inveraray and made my way to the car park by the water. I don't think I've seen that car park without a few bikes in it. I sat for about 20 minutes and had my lunch.

Inveraray:










I was heading home along my favourite road. But it wouldn't be a summers day in Scotland without rain. So I got a downpour from Inveraray to the south end of Loch Lomond. Was pretty heavy for a while.

A83 in the rain:








And that's that.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:37 AM   #69
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Hey Matt,
thanks for the photos, its a few years since I was last up in your beautiful country on a bike, but I keep seeing places that make me remember. Great stuff!

Best of luck with your test man, you already have the spirit of a proper biker, hope you get to hop on whatever your dream bike is soon.

Thanks again!
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very nice

I look at these photos by listening to this music

http://youtu.be/f1VDC7d4Mts
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I camped at the site just along from Inveraray. Got there in the evening in pouring rain, but in the morning it was sunshine and that carried on for a week riding around Scotland. The good weather more than makes up for the bad.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:02 PM   #73
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Great photos and report!

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Old 06-21-2012, 10:59 AM   #74
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Hey Matt,
thanks for the photos, its a few years since I was last up in your beautiful country on a bike, but I keep seeing places that make me remember. Great stuff!

Best of luck with your test man, you already have the spirit of a proper biker, hope you get to hop on whatever your dream bike is soon.

Thanks again!
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Thanks you. Dream bike would probably be an Africa Twin. Not sure if they're too tall for me though. I'm always on the lookout for one at rest stops to see if I can sling my leg over to see if I will fit. Just missed out yesterday as I saw one heading out of a car park just as I was heading in! So close but yet so far. I'll need to watch for him next time!

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Heh, funnily enough we played that music at my Dad's funeral. If he could look through these photos he'd probably have that track playing too.

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I camped at the site just along from Inveraray. Got there in the evening in pouring rain, but in the morning it was sunshine and that carried on for a week riding around Scotland. The good weather more than makes up for the bad.
Nice. Glad you got the weather. You're spot on about the sunshine making up for the rain as well. A few days every now and then keeps me happy!

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Lets hope your weather prediction is right
I'm absolutely, 100% confident that I am right! It's rain the next few days but then Monday becomes rain with sunshine. That's a sign that the weather will take a turn for the better.

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Thank you very much. Is that McG in your name a remnant of a Scottish heritage?
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It is indeed.

I lived in the UK as a child but never visited Scotland.

That's why I enjoy your reports.

I look forward to visiting one day.

Cheers,

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