Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day we had a chauffeured tour of the city including a short walk up Arthur’s Seat, a drive by the castle, and some fresh oysters at the Café Royale.


    [​IMG]Edinbourgh 52 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Gino’s post Canadian Club


    Canadian Club
    After a bleak week at work I decided to call a holiday on Friday to welcome our friends Dan and Sara (www.worldwideride.ca) to our humble abode on Friday. I must say it was weird, here are two fellow travellers (still travelling unlike us!) who we first met for a beer in Panama rolling up to Casa Rondelli on the same bikes. We met them again in Vancouver when Sara was back working for a short while and Dan was…..enjoying himself. Really great to have them in our home for a few days, Friday we took them to Queensferry to see the famous Forth rail bridge which of course they hadn’t heard of. My god, what passes for education in the colonies these days? Neither had they heard of Moniaive so we headed to this bustling metropolis to the sidecar rally, Fiona bravely sitting in the chair whist a complete lunatic piloted it (me). Great time at the rally, worth a mention was the punk / ska bands whose average age was higher than mines, great crack and excessive drinking.
    As we took off on Sunday, I tried the crash ability of the outfit by driving directly into some dustbin’s at the side of the road, unknown to me Dan had been up early in the morning and put a huge magnet in one of them to attract the chair to it, minor adjustments alter we were on our way having brightened up everybody’s Sunday morning (except Fiona as she was still in the chair)
    Another party night Sunday with Fi’s family visiting, and then a high speed chauffeured tour of Edinburgh on Monday with Fi in the driving seat looking after us. I have to say I reluctantly climbed a mountain as well, I survived without oxygen or a Sherpa to help me and now I can claim to have climbed a small part of Arthurs seat.
    Lunch in the town and then a superb dinner at Bert and Laurenne’s house topped off a great weekend. A struggle to keep focused at work today but luckily tomorrow we are off to Ireland for the Norton International Rally, life can be hard.
    If you spot a couple of homeless Canadians this week on their BMW’s (the giveaway is the British Colombia numberplates) say hi, the tall blokey one is Dan and the petite girly one is Sara, they’ll be visiting a monument near you soon.

    The Pedersen’s arrive, both with nice new Bumot panniers

    [​IMG]a1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr





    Dan’s first ever Irn Bru



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    It seemed to affect his riding style somewhat




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    Fi was sitting backwards in the sidecar taking these, very brave.



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    The ladies after climbing the mountains




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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are starting out on the Gino Rondelli tour of Scotland. The first day’s campsite is in the town of Aberfelty in 85 miles, but there is a lot to see on the way.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 5.50.16 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The first stop was in the town of Falkirk to see the 30 meter tall Kelpies. A Kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit that is said to inhabit the lochs and pools of Scotland. It is usually said to appear as a horse, but can also adopt human form. These Structures flank the lock here are it would be quite something to come thru here in your boat.


    [​IMG]aberfeldt 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here it is a short drive to the Falkirk wheel. This is a rotating boatlift that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union canal. It opened in 2002 to reconnect the canals for the first time since the 1930’s.The wheel raises boats by 24 meters (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 meters (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct, which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world.

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    The tour continues with a drive by of the Stirling Castle and then onto the Wallace Monument. The tower stands on the volcanic Abbey Craig, from which William Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England just before the battle of Stirling Bridge. You can climb the 246-step spiral staircase to the viewing gallery inside the monument's crown.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The rain started around Killin and got worse and worse.

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    Despite this the views over the pass on the A82 in to Glencoe were amazing.


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we got the ferry to Strontian. It was still pouring and options are very limited here. We finally found a hotel with a room, but it was a bit like being in a twighlight zone episode. There were only 3 guests in the large hotel and the owner was drunk at dinner and at breakfast.

    [​IMG]strontiam 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We continued down the single-track road along the coast until we reached the most western point of the Continental UK at Ardnamurchan Point. Here there is a lighthouse and you can see the Wee Isles of Rhum, Eigg, and Muk, which are important to us since Sara’s sister actually lives on “Rhum and Eigg Drive” at home!



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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The rain continued on and off, but we were lucky to get a sunny break when we stopped to pay our respects at the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge. It sites on a hill with an incredible mountain view including Ben Nevis. This is the highest peak in the British Isles at 1,344 m (4,409 ft).

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    Been missing out on your grand tour! Hope to be tracking you again. My ex is a Brit. Went over there a couple times to visit the in-laws. Beautiful country.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Nice to have you back. I'm a bit behind. Too much touring. We are currently in Iceland!

    Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We rode north and west towards the Isle of Skye (where the ferry to the outer Hebridies departs), but took a detour to the tiny town of Applecross.


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    The name is an Anglicization of the Pictish name Aporcrosan (confluence of the river). This is a special place in Christianity. It was settled by St. Maelrubai who came to Scotland in 671 from the Irish Monastery of Bangor and became the monastery here’s first abbot. There is a small row of white houses here that is often referred to as “Applecross”, but this is actually “shore street” or just “The Street”. The name Applecross actually refers to all the settlements around the peninsula (Toscaig, Culduie, Camusterrach, Milltown, Sand, The Street, and Lonbain. This isolated area was only accessible by boat until the early 20 th century. For many years after this the only road access was over one of Scotland’s most treacherous roads, the Bealach na Ba (pass of the cattle), which crosses the peninsula and rises to a height of 626 m (2053 ft).
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road lived up to our expectations, which were high since everyone who we have met in Scotland has said “ you have to go to Applecross”! Again despite the bad weather it was awesome. We got a break in the deluge for a few photos on the way up. At the top of the pass for the steepest switchbacks it was only 2 degrees.




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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had been “introduced” by Gino to the owner of the Inn and Pub one “Judy Fish”. The cold raining weather was for us not for camping. She was kind enough to find us a room in the FULLY BOOKED hotel and buy us some drinks. The food here is very good. We had a nice dinner with fellow UK travelers Andrew and Jennifer who great company!


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