Crianlarich to: Glencoe
This is one of many absolutely brilliant runs for those of us lucky enough to live about the middle of Scotland. It's a favourite circular run for locals, but can be done one way if you're touring or visiting. Best to avoid the main summer months, since it can get a bit busy with cars & coaches, and watch for Mr Plod (unmarked cars & bikes). Total distance as described below is about 120 miles I think. The route's all single carriageway A-roads, mainly good surfaces, with decent grip - not too many muckspreaders around, but watch for loose gravel at farm exits.
Starting at Crianlarich, the A85 to Tyndrum is a fairly quick, wide, road with some good open bends. Tyndrum has a couple of decent eateries, plus what's reputed to be the most expensive petrol in the universe. Take the A82 to go over Rannoch Moor and on through Glen Coe itself - if you don't have to stop and look at these hills, you're not human! Do watch out for hillwalkers wandering about on the road, though. Once through Glen Coe, there's food and fuel at Ballachulish. Take the A828, which is an interesting twisty road along the side of Loch Linnhe. Last time through (November 98), the surface was starting to break up in parts, so a bit of care was needed with cornering lines. At Connel, take the A85 along the side of Loch Etive and Loch Awe to return to Tyndrum & Crianlarich - again, a decent bit of road with a mix of tight corners in the first half or so, followed by more open straights and bends later.
Ilfracombe to: Salcombe
Excellent roads with plenty of nice features. From the North of the county to the South, you will frequently pass other motorists plodding along at a safe speed, usually within the legal speed-limit, whilst travelling through many villages where the local inhabitants stand at the side of the road, recording the registration numbers of speeding motorcyclists, and then reporting them to the Police.
Occasionally, but more frequently, due to the ratio of Intelligence : Disposable Income rapidly diminishing amongst new bikers these days, you will see a bunch of flowers at the side of the road, or nestling in a brick wall, usually with a note of rememberance. These are usually there because someone died in a road-traffic-accident, and local statistics show that motor-cyclists are often involved, either in being a partial cause or often being the fatal victim of the accident.
If you are exceptionally lucky, you may come across the result of an RTA, where the dead or dying motorcyclist is still lying prostrate on the road, due to excessive speeding along a normally safe stretch of road. Body parts may also be seen, often where the rider has hit a stone wall after colliding with an oncoming vehicle. However, it is best left to the Police to clear up the mess and hose down the road, before re-opening the highway to the rest of the public who drive with reasonable care and attention.
TRERURELFOOT ROUNDABOUT to: TORPOINT
VERY FAST TWISTY ROAD WITH LONG SWEEPERS AND A FEW SHARP ONES THAT CAN CATCH YOU OUT IF NOT CONCENTRATING, FROM ROUNDABOUT HEAD TOWARDS POLBATHIC-FIRST SET OF BENDS ARE VERY GOOD SURFACE (AS IS MOST OF ROUTE)AFTER THEM SOME VERY FAST SWEEPERS INTO POLBATHIC, GOOD IDEA TO SLOW FOR SMALL VILLAGES!(SHEVIOCK) KEEP ON THIS ROAD ALL THE WAY TO TORPOINT AND THERE ARE TWO VERY FAST LONG CURVES BUT BEWARE OF PICNICKERS EXIT ON ONE OF THEM, COUPLE OF VERY LONG FLAT OUTish STRAIGHTS, WHEN REACHING TORPOINT TURN AROUND AND DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AS A LOT OF RIDERS DO AND AFTER HAVIN A BLAST OR THREE THERE IS WINDY RIDGE FOR MEALS/COFFEES ETC OR LITTLE CHEF/PETROL STATION ON ROUNDABOUT BEWARE OF PLOD SOMETIMES PARKED UP IN BENDS WAITIN TO GET SLIDERS HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amersham to: Buckingham
Long straights, fast sweepers including some quick right/left, low plod interest, road surface good to very good, plenty of pubs, petrol stations and other like minded bikers.
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