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Dangerous Curves

NC500 by NC700: Sunday 04/09

After a grey start it turned sunny, with a stiff breeze to dry out our gear. More motorway, but at least it was dry motorway with scenic views. We stopped at a petrol station and removed some layers, just in time to get rained on for the next leg.

Lunch in Pitlochry provided some of us with an opportunity to inspect the dam and fish ladder, which Clive insisted was a five-minute walk. It was more like twenty minutes, but the sight of actual salmon splashing about below the dam made up for it.

Around this time, we noticed that bikers in Scotland, rather than giving the curt nod we're used to down south, greet each other with a raised arm, rather like a Roman salute. We went from overtaking lorries in a cloud of spray to a sunny late afternoon's ride into the Cairngorms National Park, the Highlands, and Inverness, our home for the night and the beginning of the NC500 proper.

We had already covered more miles getting to the start point of the route than the route itself comprised. Would it be worth it?

Miles: 269.9

View from the dam
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This sounds like a very nice trip so far.
The anticipation of what's to come is always nice, too!
At least the sun's trying to poke through the clouds considering how gloomy the weather is in Scotland. XD
Poor old sun, it did its best!
I love reading about your trips. I've never been on a motorbike, so I get to be a biker chick vicariously and "see" gorgeous scenery like this.
Thank you! I'm really glad other people enjoy these writeups; they're as much to help my memory as anything else!

Maybe all bikers in Scotland are secretly centurions!

Perhaps Rory Williams had company all those centuries.. ? =:)
I'd join a Bikers' Legion.
Gorgeous picture!

Thank you! Bit dark, though. I am trying to improve, and you are one of my photography role models; you get such brilliant results out of compact and phone cameras.
I meant to reply to this much sooner :-)

Thank you! That is very kind of you to say. These days I enjoy taking pictures with my phone more than with a camera; several reasons for this, but mostly it so much easier with the phone! But I've really enjoyed looking at your holidays pics - you've got some beautiful ones there.
I see blue sky! I see blue sky!

I think people in general are more likely to greet you expansively up there. Even walking along the lanes, you tend to get a bit of a chat rather than (if you're lucky) a "hello" and no more. =:)
Any blue sky you may experience is merely temporary!

I think you're right; I loved how friendly everyone was at the various coffee and lunch stops, and left tips, which I don't often do at home.
That photo is stunning.
A little bit of blue sky appeared just at the right moment!