Scotland, Cold wet and utterly brilliant
My favourite day as it takes in the A816
I usuall do this and what will be day 5 in one hit but with a group it was decided that an extra night was in order so the route...
The first part is a repeat of previous days but in reverse but who cares as they are such brilliant roads.
If it rained going down Glen shiel on day 2 going up the rain was even worse and by the time we reached Invergarry Andy had had a total Helmet failure ( remember the tried and tested Neotec) It looked like you could put a Goldfish in with his head so wet it was!
Any way the trusty Multitool came out and the Pinlock was sorted by Andy and on we went.
A Hyabusa was dilly dallying along in the rain ( he wasn't very good and was soon hunted down and passed)
Stopped in Spean Bridge for tea and more scones !
and then headed down to Fort William and Oban
The weather app said it would be thunderstorms but it wasn't and so we headed onto the A816 , my favourite road in the world ever !
Nigel decided he would lead !!!!
I went at the back or almost at the back as Dave the stalker was behind me and now i know why Andy called him that ! No matter how fast I went or how hard into a corner or indeed out of it he was always there in the mirror with a big grin on his face !
I am no slouch but now know how Cal Crutchlow or the like feels when Rossi is breathing down their neck!!
Clint with Mrs Clint (Lynn) on board had to back off which is no shame at the pace we were going, his fully loaded and pillioned ADV was grounding out alarmingly and Lynn to her credit was laughing loudly about it !
The A816 is just so fabulous for 30 miles !
Now it started to rain persistently as we entered the Trossachs and over the Dukes pass. The Dukes pass is not my favourite road by a long way and it seems to be worse of late with a shocking surface ! I only put it on the route so people could tick it off the famous roads list.
Our hotel for the night was the Oak tree Inn at Balmaha. Nice enough, in fact very nice but ......
The rooms we had booked were not the rooms we were allocated and Andy Kevin and I found ourselves being moved up the villiage to a lodge which we were not initially happy about but when we saw the rooms we cheered up !
The view over Loch Lomond from my Palatial room
More beer was drunk more bollocks talked and I had Haddock Andy had a very large Burger then retired to my condo and the 50 inch plasma telly with surround sound to watch Braveheart but soon fell asleep !
Many thanks to Rick and Andy for organising everything