The Galloway Forest ride, organised over on xrv.org.uk seemed like a good opportunity to ease the XL into a life off-road and to see what would fall off. For the past few years one of the xrv regulars (Austin) has negotiated access for 25 bikes in the Galloway Forest, SW Scotland. No other motorcycles or cars are officially allowed access at any time, so this is a rare opportunity (in the UK) to string together a longer off-tarmac route for bigger dual sport bikes. Everything from a 1200GS Adventure to a DR250 took part in this ride covering about 80 miles of linked access trails in the forest. Here’s the XL all packed up and ready to roll. It’s only about 60 miles from my home to the camp site; but I took a longer route, the roads are just so entertaining up here Despite a 'changable' forecast the weather gods smiled on us all day in the forest. Here are a few shots taken during rest stops... This is the 'Big Water of Fleet Viaduct' built in 1861, over 300 yds long and 100 feet high. The rail line closed in the late 1950's but not before performing a key role in Hitchcock's film of John Buchan's book 'The 39 Steps'. Inevitably someone decided to 'merge with the scenery'. Africa Twin requiring a few helping hands Thankfully only a few panels got scratched in the incident. Stunning countryside, good weather and great company made for a really enjoyable weekend!