A11 to: Fakenham
If you join the A1065 at the Mildenhall, Thetford round-about and head north towards Swaffam. A lovely route that goes on for about 35 miles, twisties, straights (160Mph+ on a ZZ-R600) and nice little lips of round-abouts. There are a few police, though they're not too bright and tend to wait in very slow sections where you are well under the 60MPh limit. Once at Fakenham, you can either go left to King Lynne (on the fast A148) or right to Norwich also on the A148.
Alderley Edge to: Chelford
OK, a bit of a weird one this until you learn it. Best bet is to get into the middle of Alderley Edge, then turn down the right at the De Trafford Arms - avoid Rileys lane, it is dead straight and often has a copper hiding in the bushes, quite late on summer evenings. Plus, you have a nice little hump back bridge which can be wheelied of at really low, legal speeds. Cover your brakes tho... Follow this down to the A535 proper, its the left at the end...
Glencoe to: Glencoe
Throughout its length from Glasgow to Inverness the A82 is a joy. An A-road metelled for bikers - it doesn't so much change direction as gracefully sweep with a confident camber and no road furniture. It's almost as if you'd laid the tarmac yourself.
The bonnie bonnie banks of loch Lomond set the tone for the whole route as the road clings to the magnificent landscape. On through the splendour of Glencoe and past loch Ness (an opportunity to spot some of the more elusive wildlife such as Nessiteras rhombopterix) on to Forts William & Augustus - no boring straight Roman road here. Here you can see so far ahead it's unreal. There's nothing, absolutely nothing coming. Just breeze by and smile. During the summer the A82 is littered with Germans and the Scot's old ally the French. They come here in droves - well, cars and bikes. Perhaps they are overawed by the Alps and come here for scenery that's a bit less severe. Even with holiday traffic there's that sense of freedom, a feeling that simply glides you along this ride to remember.
The highpoint of the A82 is the stretch Bridge of Orchy, over Rannoch Moor through Glencoe to Ballachulish. Reverse the trip to double your pleasure. From the Bridge of Orchy the snaking black ribbon climbs rapidly as the Moor opens out before you. 1000 metre peaks fence in the vast, intimidating bog. Don't hang about as it could be Scotland's own Area 51. Lean and flow quicksilver across the elevated expanse of peat and rock. The Three Sisters wait to swallow you into fast approaching valley. As the sides begin to loom now you ease off. The roadside crash barriers give away the vital sign. Find your religon and pray to the great god Michelin as the clear opening bends invite you and your bike to shine. You're bathed in stunning landscape with heather, bracken and conifers partially clothing the huge great lumps of towering rock. Fresh mountain air and that immense feeling that the bike is part of the road. That big grin creeps over your face and sets hard.
This is perfect for that long get-away-from-it-all weekend. A chance to clear the lungs and recharge the head. Whether you're a bumbag or tank bag or full panier kit biker there's no problem finding a place to kip & scoff as the area is dotted with B&Bs, guest houses, hotels and hostels and of course - campsites. Grab petrol at any one of a number of modern or quaint stations. This is where they make Scotch Mist so check with Bill Giles first. The Ballachulish Hotel and The Kingshouse Hotel afford more comfort than most around here - and the Youth Hostel in Glencoe is spot on. The Clachaig Inn serves good food and decent ales - but won't serve Campbells!
In Glencoe stands a stone cross to commemorate the MacDonald's massacre by the Campbells. Down the road in South Ballachulish is a monument to James Stewart who was wrongly hanged for his alleged part in the massacre. If the tales of blood, guts and betrayal in the Visitor Centre don't put you off your food then head for the Fish & Chip caravan or local Spar. The Thunderace's brakes are tested just once as a deer bounded into the road - at least the flat cap in the Volvo is half predictable. After all this is sheep and deer country. It's also skiing country - either the dry or the snowy variety - we could try anything once. Whisky distilleries are scattered here and there to tempt you once the bike is tucked up safely.
Once you head has cleared the A82 has tributaries that each in turn lead to something special. And for my next trip... Wonder up to Ben Nevis or nip over the Corran Ferry to Strontian & Ardnamuchan? Twist down the A828 to Oban and perhaps a ferry to Ireland? Whistle up the A87 over the sea to Skye or catch the A830 to Mallaig? The strange roundabout at Ballachulish could prompt a few circles whilst you decide which way to go. Sod it! Let's go back up the glen just one more time.
Oxford. to: Abingdon.
So you Like SPEED and CORNERS So try my Gatzo Free Zone.
Take the B4044 out of Oxford (SW). Once you pass under the A420 underpass the fun begins. National speed limit light left hander80mmph + harder right 75mph hard left with over banding 70mph. Down the rise to long staright 120mph at end brake to 40 mph zone in Farmoor Village. straight across mini roundabout down 1/4 mile striaght out of village then National liniit from tress and bends Right then left then hard Right left left to toll bridge(section 60-80 mph). Toll free for bikes after bridge left at rounadabout just before Eynsham. Follow road around to next roundabout (80-90mph) watch for cars on right entering the round about at speed. Left at round about and 1/2 mile straight ((150mph+) with sharp left hander at end
Watch the first left hander as the second right hander even sharper follows immeadiatley with no braking between. Do these bends at over 30mph and become knee scraping GOD. Follow road out of bends to left hander with drain cover on exit. Then a 90 drgree left hander 30mmph. On through the next village To rounabout now the fun really begins. Left through Stantonhardcourt No 30 mph signs as you will scraping pegs at 35mph in this lovelly road. Follow out of village then take thrid left. The section of road you just did is the best bit of biking to be had. You will be lucky to break the speed limit in most places the bends are mind numming one set after the other. Your ride this all day and still s**t youseft.
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