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Offline Hartley

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Weve toured in Europe the last few years, Picos and Pyrenees, Harz and the Alps.

With all the Brexit shinanigans weve decided to go back to Scotland this year.  To be honest I dont really think that travelling in Europe would be an issue but we've not been to Scotland for a few years so thought this may be the year to do it. 

The plan is to ride up through Ayrshire onto Oban, across to Mull, upto Mallaig boat to Skye, carry on up through Applecross, Ullapool and then turn inland to Lairg for 3 nights and do the very top on couple of day rides from there.
We decided on this as the NC500 coast route has become so popular in recent years that the best riding will probably be on the quieter inland roads heading towards the coast rather than following the coast roads themselves. Another consequence of the successful promotion of the NC500 is the shortage of available accomadation aswell as the prices. Id say were almost paying another 50% on top per night that we do in Europe.

We'll head back from Lairg taking in the Cairngorms and generally stay off the motorways down as far as Yorkshire.

That was the planned trip for this year, then i started thinking......

Next year im 21+29 and SWMBO has been saying for sometime that i should do something a little special. Theres been a few things over the last few years that ive thought id like to do but one in particular has always had a massive appeal but with one thing and another you find reasons not to do it. But with a big birthday on the horizon and recent events have made me say sod it. As a mate of mine says,
 "This aint a rehersal, this is the only go you get".

So ive booked myself onto a tour in the Himalayas in August. I love riding a bike,  I love mountains and ive heard a rumour theyve got some big ones there. My Grandmother also grew up in India so its somewhere ive always wanted to visit.

Its a fully escorted tour with a support vehicle staying in hotels, guest houses and camping and of course itll be done sitting atop a Royal Enfield. (The CTs going to have to stay at home for this one).

I did a lot of research looking for a company to go with and there are several. I asked a friend of mine who did the Himalayas a few years ago who he went with but unfortuanatly the company he used went under. He did however also do a trip to Cambodia with a firm called Ride Expeditions and said they were excellent.

So far theyve been excellent, very efficient, answered all my daft questions and seem to have everything covered.

Ive zero offroad experience so have booked a day at the Mick Extance place in Wales just so ive at least a little more confidence should the going get a little tougher.

So much for staying local this year. :305:

Has anyone on here done anything like this?


Paul

Last Edit: March 16, 2019, 05:27:19 PM by Hartley


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Offline superduper

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Re: Stay local this year........well that was the original plan.
Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 06:47:03 PM
Sounds great :028:, what company are you using?

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Re: Stay local this year........well that was the original plan.
Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 06:51:41 PM


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Re: Stay local this year........well that was the original plan.
Reply #3 on: March 18, 2019, 06:06:51 PM
OMG Paul that looks an awesome adventure. The spectacular nature of the roads doesn’t look too dissimilar from the Welsh roads we took on the Oswestry meet.  :001:
Have a safe trip mate and look forward to hearing all about it on your return.  :028:
"The more the miles, the bigger the smiles"

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Re: Stay local this year........well that was the original plan.
Reply #4 on: March 18, 2019, 09:07:59 PM
Cheers Dave, have to say im really excited about it, its a very big tick for me.
I cant say how lucky i am to have a misses like Paula, shes been telling i should do it for years and is so chuffed ive actually gone and booked.


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Re: Stay local this year........well that was the original plan.
Reply #5 on: March 19, 2019, 06:20:23 AM
 Good for you Paul, do it while you can mate and 3 cheers for the boss  :008: allowing it.
Bill