What is the perfect ride?
May be many things: a busy rally, a desert trip, a cruise along Sunset Boulevard – there are so many bikers out there, so many different ideas what a perfect ride should be like.
Even my own idea of a pefect run differs occasionally.
But very often, this one song goes through my head as my bike takes me to the horizon: Summertime and the living is easy….
A perfect ride – what does it take?
Fun, for a start. And sun, not to forget. Me and my bike and some breathtaking scenery – that is a perfect ride for me. No breakdowns, no annoying cars, not a soul in sight.
Just summer and the coconut smell of Scottish gorse, a sea breeze and a powerful engine roaring through the wilderness.
….and the riding is easy indeed.
With a little treat – a fruit scone, home-made jam and cream when the road takes you back into civilisation.
The Scottish Highlands can be ferocious, relentless and dangerous even on a bike. Storms are battering the West coast of this Northern beauty, heavy rainfall and flooding block roads, low temperatures make you freeze even in summer.
Scotland’s for the brave indeed.
But on a day like this it is just breathtakingly beautiful.
Is there a better country to ride a bike in?
Scotland asks you to be brave, you need to be prepared to fight: the roads, the climate, the tourists. Bikers are getting killed every week here in summer and still they come here like hordes seeking the enemy, from England, Germany, France, Holland and Norway, drawn by a magnet of incredible magnitude: the beauty of the wilderness and the strength you draw out of coping with its adversities.
Scotland is a county for heroes, always has been and still is, on the bike.
In a way it is like one of these adventure holidays people book to get the thrill of their live.
On a bike you don’t need to book anything, adventure follows you wherever you go.
When I come back home from a drive through this magnificent part of the world I do feel different, stronger, braver, more self-assured. And any time I am more in love with this country.
Scotland the brave indeed.