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    • Day 7

      Fixing Day - Move On

      May 13, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Da das Problem mit dem LT noch bestand, sind wir im nächsten Dorf Lochinver angehalten und warteten auf Hardy. Er hat mit uns alles von der Benzin Pumpe bis zur Kerze geprüft. Schlussendlich war ein Zündkerzenkabel das Problem welches durchgeschlagen hat. Weiter haben wir das Standgas und die Zündverteilung neu eingestellt. Ebenfalls war die Distanz des Zündunterbrechers nicht sauber eingestellt. Mit der Leere haben wir das auf 0.4mm justiert.

      Der LT geht nun ab wie eine Rakete

      Back in the Game.
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    • Day 18

      South to Lochinver

      September 24, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      We decided to take a short side trip this morning to a small town called Tarbet. The only thing in Tarbet is a passenger ferry to an island called Handa, which is a nature preserve. We found out the ferry doesn't run on Sundays, but I still thought it would be cool to check out Tarbet. Who knows, we may be able to see Handa Island from the shore. Well, we couldn't, and there really isn't anything else in Tarbet. However, the drive to Tarbet was amazing, so beautiful, but probably the absolute worst roads we have been on ever. Thank goodness Randy is such a good sport. It was only a few miles out of our way, but because of the state of the road, it took much longer than we thought. I had used Google maps to get us there, but I thought I would use the campervans nav system to get us to our next destination. When I put in where I wanted to go, I received an error message. It seems the system was programmed to keep us off roads that were too small for a vehicle this size. We are 24 feet long and 9 feet wide. The road we took to Tarbet was one we shouldn't have been on. I didn't share that little bit of information with Randy until after we made it back to the main road. I think when we are going to go off road again, I will use the campers' nav system just in case. We were on a two lane road for a while and at times almost hit the 60 mile an hour speed limit. It felt like we were flying, but very soon, we were back on a single track road, barely making 40 miles an hour. We found another stunning beach today. I'm sad to say that I can't even remember where it was, but it was gorgeous. The sand was three different colours, white, pink, and green by the warers edge. While I was wandering around, a family came with a pony. It was the funniest thing they were running it up and down by the surf, and then the pony decided to roll in the sand. I dont think that was in their plan. We stopped for the day at Lochinver, a small sea side town. We parked by the harbour across from a pub. It was not the quietest spot, but it was free, and we could walk across the street for a pint. We had a late lunch early dinner at Peets Restaurant, which had great reviews. We actually wanted to try the pies at Lochiner Larder, but they were closed on Sundays. We've read reviews and been told by a few people that they have the best pies in the world. They open at 10 Monday morning, so that's another good reason to spend the night here in Lochinver. Also, I can actually pronounce the name of this town correctly so I'm not leaving. We walked along the waterfront and met two elderly ladies who were out walking their dogs. We had such a nice conversation with them. They couldn't quite figure out why we would come all the way to Scotland when we had such a big country of our own. We went to the pub and watched Scotland beat Tonga in World Cup Rugby. We met a few really nice fellow tourists who were traveling with their dogs, so we had our puppy fix, too. While we were there we watched a big fishing boat come in to the harbour. There were a couple of large trucks waiting for their catch, so we thought it may be a noisy night ahead. We found out the boats that come in are usually French or Spanish. There aren't any local boats any longer. The boats come in, drop off their catch, and head right back out again. After the rugby match, we headed back to the camper, and Randy beat me at a few card games. After we went to bed, it wasn't the loading of trucks that woke us up it was the wind again. It howled all night and shook the camper enough to wake us both up on a regular basis. The weather reports have a wind warning in the whole area for Wednesday and Thursday. I can't imagine how much worse it could get, but we may be in for an eventful few days.Read more

    • Day 8

      Sauber gemacht!

      July 8, 2018 in Scotland

      Gegen 17:00 Uhr erreichten wir unser heutiges Ziel, das kleine Städtchen Lochinver.
      Schnell fiel auf, dass es hier deutlich sauberer und aufgeräumter aussieht als in vielen anderen schottischen Orten.
      Quartier bezogen wir im Park House Bed & Breakfast. Alison, die Vermieterin, war so freundlich, uns im "Peet´s" einen Tisch zu reservieren. Das war auch tatsächlich notwendig, da so ziemlich alle anderen Restaurants sonntags geschlossen sind. Das Essen war jedenfalls super lecker :-)
      Morgen geht es weiter gen Norden.
      Gefahrene Kilometer: 190
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    • Day 11

      Travelling North

      July 26, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      The Hebridean Rendezvous has been achieved but this was never intended to be the end of my trip to Scotland. From my home to Ullapool it is 495 miles and that is a long way to drive, so while I'm up here I may as well make the most of it.

      The aim is to drive vaguely northwards to get to the top of Scotland and I am looking forward to this because I will be driving part of the NC500 or, to use it's full name, the North Coast 500. This is a 516 mile route beginning and ending in Inverness and most travellers do it anti-clockwise but for the section I'm covering I'll be going in the opposite direction. The NC500 has become very popular in recent years and my concern is there will be lots of people doing it which might therefore spoil the experience. I shall soon find out.

      Today, then, I begin my journey north and apart from setting Durness as my destination I have no plans, route or itinerary nor any idea where I will be stopping for my overnight stays. I will drive as the mood takes me and stop for photography if there is something to attract my attention and if nothing does then so be it, though I really don't think that is likely to happen. This section of the NC500 is supposed to be stunningly beautiful, being a land of ancient rocks and rugged coastline dotted with white sand beaches and emerald seas. It sounds lovely doesn't it so all I need now is some reasonable weather.

      The photos in this footprint are mostly taken through the windows of the van as I thought you would like to see the world as I see it as I've travelled today and to reassure you, I did stop before taking them. The views are lovely aren't they but this is just a small selection to give you an idea of the kind of landscape through which I was travelling. Photo 4 shows the lazy way of doing photography - set up the camera and tripod inside the van then when you are ready, open the sliding door and click. It's a handy trick if everything lines up when you park and it is great if it is raining.

      Photo 5 is where I stopped to try and get a decent photograph which included those trees in the distance, but on the left in the water you will see two small black marks and these are actually seals relaxing/sunbathing/basking/skiving or whatever. There are three - one on a rock and two which look to be floating on seaweed, but that can't be right. If you can't make them out you will simply have to trust me, sorry.

      My overnight stay turned out to be in Lochinver which is only 37 miles from Ullapool and not the most attractive of places in Scotland, mainly because primarily it is an important fishing port. In 2020 it handled £1.4m worth of fish but that was when fishing vessels from countries such as Spain and France offloaded their catches here. Now the bite of Brexit has taken real hold I wonder if the port will be so busy.

      I was parked for the night at the Community Leisure Centre where a few campervans are allowed to stay and use their toilets and showers if needed. The attraction for me, apart from the use of the faculties, was Peet's just around the corner. This is a restaurant where the bad news is that it was fully booked and the good news is that because there was only me, they could squeeze me in at 8.15pm, when last orders were 8.30pm.

      The last photo today is of the filet salmon I chose which, like The Chip Shop scampi last night, was perhaps the best salmon I had ever tasted. It was cooked perfectly and the accompanying sauce was so nice I can't even describe it.

      Today has gone just as I hoped - a drive though stunning landscapes at a random pace with time out for photography and all rewarded with a lovely meal at the end. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
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