Scotland at 45mph

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Matt 82, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Good stuff, looks like the weather will be here for another week at least, just dodge those midges:evil
  2. Matt 82

    Matt 82 Been here awhile

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    Yikes, nearly two months without an update. Negligent.

    Tuesday was the first time I've been out on the bike in ages. I've been out of work now for so long that stuff like road tax and fuel is a bit of a luxury at the moment. Tuesday was a nice day though, and more importantly, the third anniversary of my Dad's death. So a trip to the Duke's Pass seemed appropriate.

    Being back on two wheels felt good. All your troubles disappear when you're on a bike. Unless you crash of course.

    Thankfully though, I didn't crash. That does remind me though that the last time I was out, I nearly dropped the bike pulling into the driveway. God that Deauville doesn't half weigh a ton when it's at an angle. Just lucky that I'm so athletic, I suppose.


    Step-dad Bob was also out on one of his bikes. His 30 year old BMW. He was heading elsewhere so I didn't wait for him and left while he was still getting his gear on. Imagine my surprise then when passing Stirling Castle on the far side of the town I see him standing in a layby on the phone. Just how slow am I that a guy on a bike the same age as me can leave 5 minutes after me and be on his way back from somewhere just as I arrive? And he had time to get off his bike and relax. I had bad traffic though :hide


    Anyway I was heading for Callander and would then take a dodgy backroad that I'd never been on before. A quick break in the car park and I was en route. Except I forgot my plan 30 seconds later and rode past the turn off. Dementia at 31. The road was a bit of a non-event tbh. No room to do any real riding and the trees blocked the view. I wasn't on it for long though as it quickly drops you onto the A821 (Duke's Pass road).

    I was keeping it short so I wasn't riding onto Aberfoyle. There's a layby alongside the loch that my my Dad and I had stopped in a few times for a break and a blether [translation: chat]. I parked up. grabbed a seat on the rocks and chilled out for a bit. And took a few pictures.

    Loch Venachar:

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    I wasn't there too long. I was enjoying the bike too much to sit about. The ride back was more of the same as the way out. Uneventful but nice. It's apparent that we're at the end of the summer though. Despite the sunshine, it wasn't exactly warm. Might need to take the neck warmer out of the pannier soon.


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    I will endeavour to get out more in the short time I have left (of the summer, I'm not dying). And I still have a load of videos to upload. It takes hours to get them online though and the internet here isn't exactly robust.

    Before I go, here's an old one of me with my Dad.

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  3. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Good to see you out and about again.

    Nice pics, as always.

    :thumb

    Cheers,

    JM.
  4. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Hola Matt, did you get the oil leak fixed? Think weve done alright this summer compared to the last few, up to Newcastle in a few weeks to see my old man, wont have time to get over the border but it is nice riding around with less traffic
  5. Matt 82

    Matt 82 Been here awhile

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    Thanks man. Twas nice to be out.


    Yeah it was the front forks seal that was leaking. Got it all sorted. It's actually quite funny because I when I was on the Forth Road Bridge I was going over speed bump things. All the while joking that I was glad I didn't have a BMW as it would fall apart with the stress. D'oh!

    Weather has been nice. I've been out and enjoyed it. Just not on the bike.
  6. Kamchat

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    Hi Matt, good to see you are still out and about taking great pics. :thumb
  7. Blader54

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    Hallooo Matt! Great to see your latest. No worries it wasn't more dramatic....you had a good ride nonetheless. Sorry to hear about the difficulty finding employment and associated money woes. You're not alone in that, for certain. Hoping that things pick up for you all around, but especially so that you can have the pounds in pocket to get out riding more often. Cheers to you for continuing this RR!
  8. fraser2312

    fraser2312 Been here awhile

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    Great to see you back Matt, we need to meet sometime! Cracking photos as always. :wink:
  9. Rango

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    Good to see you back on two wheels.
    Indeed, summer seems to be out already, but at least we got 10 good weeks straight, which is more than in other years.

    Keep snapping 'n riding :wink:
  10. Matt 82

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    As the summer comes to a close, days to get out are getting few and far between.

    It was nice today (Sunday) though so somewhere new was the order of the day. I had a lie in though so the order of the day was also for somewhere close.

    One of the many cool things about living in Scotland is that you're never far from a castle. I couldn't even list the ones within 50 miles of my house. I'll almost certainly not going to be able to visit them all on my lifetime but I'll take a decent stab at it before time's up.

    So I decided on Blackness Castle. I'd never visited it before it's only half an hour away. So it ticks both of the required boxes.

    Weather was cracking. It's not going to be hot at this time of year but with the gear on, that's welcome. Nice ride all round. Bit weird when I pulled into the carpark though, as everyone was looking at me like they'd never seen a biker before. I was beginning to wonder if I'd just ridden into someone's wedding.


    Built in the 1440s, ownership has changed hands a whole load of times. Most castles in Scotland have been passed from one generation to the next, sacked by someone else and given away as a present. This has a similarly colourful history. In this case it was mostly used as a prison.


    The castle is pretty impressive. You get a great view as you head down the road to the front door. Apparently it looks like a ship from certain angles but I won't be buying a helicopter any time soon to test that out.

    Blackness Castle:

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    It was good. I didn't go inside as I'd told my girlfriend I'd go with her. So I'll go back another time and take more photos. And after that, I came home to find out she'd made these:

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    Bonus!


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    I'm hopeful the job situation will change soon which would mean that it'd be harder to get out during the week when I prefer it but bills must be paid and it would mean I could afford petrol!

    Fingers crossed for some decent late season weather.
  11. windmills

    windmills Gnearly Adventurer

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    Heya Matt,
    dropping in to wish you good luck on the job front. I know the feeling.
    Thanks for keeping the thread going, always fun to see what you have been up to.
  12. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Good to see the suns still out north of the border, up to Newcastle tomorrow and again the following week, that'll be a 1000miles clocked up:wink:
  13. Turbo Ghost

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    So, just what might those little goodies she made be? They look quite tasty!
  14. tkata

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    Hey Matt!

    Fantastic narration and pictures of your country! You should be working for the Scottish tourist organisation!

    It reminds me when i was studing for my degree in Stirling Uni back in 1994-95. What a place! I've visited some places then, but i think it deserves a long bike trip again. I hope it will happen soon.

    Thanks again! Keep well!
  15. Matt 82

    Matt 82 Been here awhile

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    Thanks man. Got offered one of the jobs I was going for. I'm not overly keen on it but beggars can't be choosers. Start end of the month so probably a bit too late to see me out riding much this year.


    Aye it shows its face every now and then. Pity the rain is starting to win the battle though! 1000 miles of motorway or are you getting to enjoy yourself at all?


    They are Macarons. Small, chewy things. In this case they were chocolate and caramel flavoured. They weren't there for long. :lol3
  16. Rango

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    Congrats on landing a job. May it be a stepping stone.
    At least now you can stock gas money for future explorations.

    Slainte :slurp
  17. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Matt, no fun time, M42,M1 and A1, bit of A19 and that's it, Versys was perfect last week and back up again Tuesday for a couple more days so hoping for dryness, good luck with the new job:clap
  18. Turbo Ghost

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    I do believe I need to find some of those!!
  19. Matt 82

    Matt 82 Been here awhile

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    Winter is well and truly here. If I get out on the bike again this year I'll be surprised.

    I had access to better internet last week so I uploaded one of the videos I made earlier in the year (from this ride report)

    I started filming shortly after my close encounter with a car on the wrong side of the road. You'll be able to sense my nervousness. Here it is:

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    I'm also going to cheat and post another few photos from a car trip on Sunday up to Glen Coe. I considered taking the bike but as I was getting up there for the sunrise, I would be riding mostly in the dark. Between the possibility of ice on the road and darkness I decided not to risk it.

    I did get very jealous when I saw a couple of bikers up there though. What a great day for a ride it was.

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    I even had a close encounter with some deer when I pulled into a layby. They're obviously not afraid of humans up there. At times they were 10 feet away from the car.

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    So it's unlikely I'll have more photos up from rides but I still have videos to upload so hopefully I'll get them up soon.
  20. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Good pics Matt, snows back already then, temps just dropped down here with the first couple of frosts:cry