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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:10 pm

Lavaine wrote:It looks like an amazing trip. The Grand Tour North Coast 500 episode was fantastic. Enjoy the journey.
Missed that. Don't have Amazon Prime!

Might try and look it up.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Lavaine » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:21 pm

Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:10 pm
Lavaine wrote:It looks like an amazing trip. The Grand Tour North Coast 500 episode was fantastic. Enjoy the journey.
Missed that. Don't have Amazon Prime!

Might try and look it up.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:22 pm

Photos from this afternoon.

My late lunchtime stop, after which I can fully understand why the road is the first to get closed with snow Neil.

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Skies cleared north of Grantown on Spey.

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Just about the last thing I expected to see. An AA box*, not seen one for eons.

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*For the uninitiated. AA is the Automobile Association, who run a breakdown / recovery service for their member. In the days before mobile phones, these boxes were dotted around the country and members has a key to access the hot-line phone inside.

Cromarty Firth, north of Inverness.

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A bridge over the Firth can be seen on the right, which I drove over to continue up the NE Coast.

After two days solid driving, I'm planning a quieter day tomorrow.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:28 pm

Lavaine wrote:
Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:10 pm
Lavaine wrote:It looks like an amazing trip. The Grand Tour North Coast 500 episode was fantastic. Enjoy the journey.
Missed that. Don't have Amazon Prime!

Might try and look it up.

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It was one of those rare times when all three of the boys agreed that it was a fantastic trip. If they can all agree that it's a world class drive, then it's probably more than worth the trip!
My only thought on that is the roads are more suited to a Rally car than a Supercar.

Subaru WRX STi, not too stiff, rather than Porsche 911.

My Yeti is great, except I have the springs/shocks a bit too stiff.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by richtel » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:31 pm

Big open skies, I absolutely love the Highlands. Enjoy your roadtrip Guy. Any plans to drive around the Applecross/Shieldaig peninsula? One of my favourite sections of tarmac. Nothing but vistas, hair-raising curves and confused sheep.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:37 pm

richtel wrote:Big open skies, I absolutely love the Highlands. Enjoy your roadtrip Guy. Any plans to drive around the Applecross/Shieldaig peninsula? One of my favourite sections of tarmac. Nothing but vistas, hair-raising curves and confused sheep.
Thanks for the suggestion Rich.

That is one of the possibilities for Tuesday next week, when staying two nights (Monday & Tuesday) in Muir of Ord.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:37 pm

The path is clear
Though no eyes can see
The course laid down long before
And so with gods and men
The sheep remain inside their pen
Though many times they've seen the way to leave
He rides majestic
Past homes of men
Who care not or gaze with joy
To see reflected there
The trees, the sky, the lily fair...


Well done, you crossed the Firth of Fifth! :lol:
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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Lavaine » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:40 pm

Guy, here's a short article about their drive:
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-scot ... 4932843738
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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:12 pm

Letting the Train take the Strain today, so I can see some countryside, without worrying about keeping the car on the road.

Going Wick - Thurso - Helmsdale and return, with part of the route going up and over some moorlands, miles from the nearest roads.

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Lowlands a few miles south of Thurso.

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Not quite Pullman class, but there are power sockets for laptops and mobiles, plus WiFi. There is even a buffet trolley.

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An obligatory watch pic.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by timor54 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:58 pm

Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:37 pm
richtel wrote:Big open skies, I absolutely love the Highlands. Enjoy your roadtrip Guy. Any plans to drive around the Applecross/Shieldaig peninsula? One of my favourite sections of tarmac. Nothing but vistas, hair-raising curves and confused sheep.
Thanks for the suggestion Rich.

That is one of the possibilities for Tuesday next week, when staying two nights (Monday & Tuesday) in Muir of Ord.

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If you make it to Applecross then maybe try: https://www.applecrossinn.co.uk/
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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:19 pm

Could be a lunchtime stop. Thanks.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:30 pm

Some moorland scenery this morning.

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and some angry clouds this afternoon.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by richtel » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:36 pm

^^ Guy, there's some noteworthy road closure info in Tim's link above you might need to heed if you head to Applecross.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:01 pm

richtel wrote:^^ Guy, there's some noteworthy road closure info in Tim's link above you might need to heed if you head to Applecross.
Cheers Rich.

I read that, but think it applies coming from the South West. I'll be coming from the North.

Will double check though.

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Re: Holiday Road Trip

Post by Bident » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:31 pm

Guy,

I am vicariously enjoying your vacation via your photos (similar to how I vicariously enjoy your splendid watch collection). Thanks for posting and have a great trip!
Best regards,
John

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