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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The first bike camping trip of 2010

As the weather has been a little colder than usual, planned attempts to venture out on the bike have been thwarted at the last moment by 50 year record snow and cold temperature events. As you know motorcycles and ice don't generally mix (steel-spiked tyre snow speedway bikes aside) so even the mighty BMW GS has to make way to four wheel drive occasionally. This past weekend and with Spring on the horizon the clear roads made a camping trip possible so it was back to our favourite Scottish camp site.

The rourte on the bikes took us up to Stirling, Killen and over the snow covered hills to Aberfeldy. From then on it was back down the road to Crieff and a nice days/evenings camping with a friend in the Tentipi. As you can see from the image, the snow was piled high at the side of the road by snow plows and at one stage was literally higher than both of us riders on our motorcycles.

During the trip I had a good chance to try out collecting some firewood with my new aptly named Spyderco Hossom Forrester. With it's green micarta handles and a razor sharp 10" blade, the Spyderco made a good alternative to the axe for gathering and chopping smaller pieces of fallen branches making an ideal camping companion. It would go through an inch thick piece of wood in one chop or something much larger if required.

It was great to be out on the bikes and we even stumbled upon an excellent horn craftsman's store on the road to Aberfeldy from Killin. I was very tempted to strap an Antler on the back of the bike and the craftsmanship of some of the goods in his shop were outstanding. I suspect that's why Mr Cameron Thomson has been there so long.

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