We have the bikes, we have the kit, Rusty’s shining new pannier rack is now fitted and Squeak’s battered bike was fixed, patched up and readied to go after its recent battering at the hands of its amateur owner.
It was decided we would hit the road fully loaded (well, 95% loaded) and a route up through Scotland via Kirkcaldy and the ferry from Ullapool would take us to the Outer Hebrides would return via the third ferry of our trip to the Isle of Skye and after a nights stay in Plockton on the Kyle of Lochalsh we only had 400miles to ride back to Manchester.
Packed and loaded we hit the road on a school night hoping to get to Kirkcaldy before midnight. The morning after the night before meant a quick start and we were up eager and early and back on the road after a quick photo shoot with Mother Granger and her shiny new camera.
After dashing though Scotland we celebrated our arrival in the Highlands with fish and chips before boarding the ferry to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis for 4 days of wild camping, motorbikes, off road riding, golden beaches and the ubiquitous testing of the kit and learning how to ride our bikes!
ULLAPOOOL, THE BEST FISH AND CHIPS IN THE WORLD – fact!
CALLANISH STANDING STONES
OUR SECOND HOME!
OUR DREAM (SECOND) HOME!
Our progress came a little unstuck while packing up and leaving our second camp site on Uist.
Rather than navigating round a boggy marsh it was collectively agreed Chris should give tackle it head on and see how the bike coped. As you can see the bike took it in its stride but an inexperienced rider counts for everything, not yet the Adventure riders we thought we were!
Plockton, on the Kyle of Lochalsh, was the backdrop for the BBC’s Hamish Macbeth and it was chosen for clear reasons. The guide book suggested if you look up the dictionary for the word ‘picturesque’ it should say, ‘see Plockton’ .
Unfortunately, time didn’t allow for a great deal of sightseeing but sufficient time was spent before we hopped back on board for the 400mile trip to Manchester. . . . in the first rain we had seen for 4 days!!
True to form, it rained all the way home!