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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Once again Congrats on such a fantastic trip.

Massive thumbsup for the superb write up and pictures. I know how much time and effort it took to produce it.

Those roads and that scenery are calling out for me to experience them personally and I will, one day.

For now this thread will serve as a bookmark illustrating my 'bucket list'.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

......... it's been a cracking read Paul ....... and who knows one day I might be able to do at least part of it ...... and I am not adverse to whisky ....... Smile
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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......... it's been a cracking read Paul .......

It certainly has thumbsup

Really enjoyed reading about some of the roads I was on 2 weeks ago from someone else's perspective.

I totally agree with what you said in one of your early posts about making the effort to get to Scotland. Interestingly I only found out at the end of our tour that there was originally a bit of reluctance/disappointment from some of the group when I announced the Scottish trip on the final night of their 2016 trip to Germany.

This was because of the distance and to some it wasn't a proper "Eurotour" because it didn't mean crossing the Channel.

The guy who was honest enough to tell me this admitted he'd been wrong and that Scotland had been one of his top 2 tours with me and he's now done 8!

Even the people from Kent and Hampshire said it had been well worth the journey and they hadn't realised what they'd been missing despite many years of touring.

Maybe it's the fact it often feels easier to get to Calais and that Scotland's roads and scenery are so surprisingly stunning that people seem to be bowled over by the place, especially after becoming so familiar with France, Germany, etc?

I can't wait to go back Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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......... it's been a cracking read Paul .......

It certainly has thumbsup


.......and that Scotland's roads and scenery are so surprisingly stunning ......



There's nothing surprising about it really dude! Thumb

However for those that live in the 'Southern Bubble' I can imagine it's a wake up. I was often frustrated by this mentality when I lived down there...

Some of the most amazing places in Europe are actually in the north of our island! And there's no ***** there!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome thread, written from the heart. thanks for making the effort. Thumb

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ragpicker wrote:
Longers wrote:
madalaa wrote:
......... it's been a cracking read Paul .......

It certainly has thumbsup


.......and that Scotland's roads and scenery are so surprisingly stunning ......



There's nothing surprising about it really dude! Thumb

I know, I've been going for years. My comment was referring to the reaction of people I took recently who have probably never been further north than Manchester or York... or in a couple of cases, Watford!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing Paul worship

Read it all, forwarded link to a non 911 owner, but huge whisky fan.

I think what puts us southerners off is the boring miles of M25, M1 etc. before the good bits start Grin No doubt it pays dividends when you get there Thumb


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all Salut

Regarding the getting there bit, you can get to a Inverness in a day from London. And even though that's mostly motorway and dual carriageway, once your past Preston / Blackburn the roads are usually a joy. And even on a bad day that's only 4 hours. Same time it takes most of us in the South East to get from our front door to France Dont know

Getting there in fact is, on reflection, not the issue. It's the coming back that's the real grind Sad

EDIT - missed the transporter but Guy Embarassed Yes, that's an option, and wonder if they'd do a deal on the return leg Scratch Chin Grin
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant read Paul you need to send a copy to the Scottish Tourist Board ! having been fortunate to visit many of these places over the years with work rather than in a Porsche mind you there are some absolute gems Argyle being one of my favourites along with Skye so many options for a touring route outwith the 500.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Chief ... has a 'Safety plan' to roll out about the anti- social driving behaviour of the visitors to highlands who 'don't know how to drive, and don't let people pass ....

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1325339/police-plan-
new-road-safety-strategy-to-cope-with-influx-of-north-coast-500-drivers/

I live here and have seen this all my driving life and this was the case long before the NC 500 name was even coined!

It's more the foreign driver who is guilty of this , and only because he has never seen a single track road that winds its way through the highlands ....

You can rest assured his 'Safety Plan' involves 'Cameras and penalty fines ' hardly a trailblazing initiative .... I might be wrong of course but experience makes me think otherwise!!

I'm home next Thursday and I'll be out on a recce on part of it for sure!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see evidence based policing at play 911TEL .... Evil or Very Mad

“The current position is the number of deaths on the roads is lower than it has been in previous years, but one life lost in the roads is one too many for me.”

And the fastest ones on the roads from my experience were always the locals - in their Astra diesel vans, rather than their Ariel Atoms. Hey ho. All the more reason to get it done sooner rather than later. Enjoy your blast Thumb Grin

Slight change of tack - this is a summary of my Scotland trip. More SC1000 than NC500 thumbsup

 
  
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EPIC!! worship
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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EPIC!! worship


Holy macaroni!?! Praise indeed Salut
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loads of excellent pictures- I like books with loads of pictures Floor
I too will bookmark this thread for when I get chance to go touring Scotland with my better half.
It's also prompted me into looking for a decent DSLR camera. And buy some more whisky. You've probably cost me a bleedin' fortune.... doh... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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EPIC!! worship


Holy macaroni!?! Praise indeed Salut


As Murray Walker said when someone asked him why he didn't follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in motorcycle racing... "Those who can do, those who can't talk about it"! You certainly did.

Undertaking a trip on the scale of yours, and solo, should not be undersestimated thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul, this has been a gem of a thread, as others have already said - thanks for taking the time to put it together.

Quite shocking to read how close you came to losing Grace though Surprised, I should imagine your ar5e took more than a nip of the seat cushion when that happened!! Lady luck appears to have been on your side though.

A great write up and tool for future reference. Thumb
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Norfolk & Idea wrote:
Great thread. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loads of excellent pictures- I like books with loads of pictures Floor
I too will bookmark this thread for when I get chance to go touring Scotland with my better half.
It's also prompted me into looking for a decent DSLR camera. And buy some more whisky. You've probably cost me a bleedin' fortune.... doh... Wink


Sorry about that Grin

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Quite shocking to read how close you came to losing Grace though Surprised, I should imagine your ar5e took more than a nip of the seat cushion when that happened!! Lady luck appears to have been on your side though.


Yes, I had two very close calls. The first was just north of Unapool and the Kylesku Bridge and the second was as I mentioned recently just north of Kilmartin. And luck coupled with good engineering saved my ass more than skill. But then I've always known I'm an average driver Embarassed Very Happy

But you're right enough that both were memorable squeaky bum moments Surprised
 
  
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....... I totally agree with what you said in one of your early posts about making the effort to get to Scotland. Interestingly I only found out at the end of our tour that there was originally a bit of reluctance/disappointment from some of the group when I announced the Scottish trip on the final night of their 2016 trip to Germany.

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Maybe it's the fact it often feels easier to get to Calais and that Scotland's roads and scenery are so surprisingly stunning that people seem to be bowled over by the place, especially after becoming so familiar with France, Germany, etc?



I've been as far north as Portree so can appreciate what the destination will look like. It's the fact that, for me, the Jura mountains on the French/Swiss border are closer than Jura, Scotland and I know that the journey there and back would be far more interesting.

I do fully intend to do both but the trip south is far more likely to be done first, and in a 911. Very Happy
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Nice to see evidence based policing at play 911TEL .... Evil or Very Mad

“The current position is the number of deaths on the roads is lower than it has been in previous years, but one life lost in the roads is one too many for me.”

And the fastest ones on the roads from my experience were always the locals - in their Astra diesel vans, rather than their Ariel Atoms. Hey ho. All the more reason to get it done sooner rather than later. Enjoy your blast Thumb Grin

Slight change of tack - this is a summary of my Scotland trip. More SC1000 than NC500 thumbsup



Lol.... NB,
I may appear biased re the BIB , it's not the case many do a great job , but it's the policy of always pinpointing the 'anti-social' element I don't gel with ...Generally the 'enthusiast' on the NC is far better behaved and more courteous and friendly than many a day to day driver..... so my comments are more 'experience based ' than evidence based... and while we all , I'm sure think one loss of life is one too many, I personally don't think it's about that ....i haven't seen or heard much talk up here about anti social behaviour , but he has to make a statement on his appointment so why not clobber the motorist again...

He would be better served running a campaign against the mothers on the school run on the phone and texting whilst driving .... I see it EVERY day when I am walking my daughter to school......

I won't disagree about the Astra van drivers though ....

One instance a while back ... I was coming off the Bealach Na BA from Kishorn over to Applecross and a racing pushbike was right up my 4r53 trying to get me to let him past .....
And I did ...!( downhill I might add!)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lol.... NB,
I may appear biased re the BIB , it's not the case many do a great job , but it's the policy of always pinpointing the 'anti-social' element I don't gel with ...Generally the 'enthusiast' on the NC is far better behaved and more courteous and friendly than many a day to day driver..... so my comments are more 'experience based ' than evidence based... and while we all , I'm sure think one loss of life is one too many, I personally don't think it's about that ....i haven't seen or heard much talk up here about anti social behaviour , but he has to make a statement on his appointment so why not clobber the motorist again...

He would be better served running a campaign against the mothers on the school run on the phone and texting whilst driving .... I see it EVERY day when I am walking my daughter to school......

I won't disagree about the Astra van drivers though ....

One instance a while back ... I was coming off the Bealach Na BA from Kishorn over to Applecross and a racing pushbike was right up my 4r53 trying to get me to let him past .....
And I did ...!( downhill I might add!)


Floor I was agreeing with you mate thumbsup

My quote was highlighting that the accidents are lower despite higher traffic. Talk about the police solving a problem that isn't there Duh
 
  
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