I have not done much on the bike over the winter, just commuting to work. However in the dark nights, I did spend a lot of time playing about with video. I have tinkered with video, uploading a video or two of my travels to my Youtube channel. They were OK and they did document the highlights of my trips, but I wanted something more. I had the ideal opportunity as the wife and I had a 3 day trip away in December. I recorded the whole of the 3 day trip that we did in the car, with the intention of producing a vlog of the entire trip.
I lost count the number of times I started editing the video, scrapping it and starting over. I finally lost heart with it after 6 weeks, deciding that maybe video was not for me. All I seem to have is 10s of hours & 10s of Gigabytes of raw video I no longer have the motivation or inclination to do anything with. Maybe it is my past as a photographer that keeps drawing me back to still images. A still image still has the power to move me in ways video never has and I don't think ever will.
|A still from our December trip. In my opinion, far more atmospheric than video|
There should be plenty to write about this year as well...
The first trip of the year is planned for June, 3 nights camping with an old mate who has just got a bike back on the road. Ride up to Mallaig on day one, a loop of Skye on day two, a loop of the central highlands on the third day and then home on the fourth.
I never thought I would get Audrey to go camping. Well, glamping, but you have to understand that this is a woman who is normally never more than 10 minutes from a set of hair straighteners. At her suggestion, we had two nights on the bike at Strathfillan wigwams in September and she loved it. I couldn't believe it!
August will see the biggest planned trip of the year. I will be doing the NC500, clockwise, over 4 days with a couple of mates. I will be leaving them on day 4 though when we get to Inverness, as I will be making my way to Ullapool to camp overnight before getting the ferry to the Outer Hebrides for a week. The plan is to get the ferry to Stornoway then spend the week meandering down the islands to Barra before getting the ferry back to Oban and then home.
I tried to get to the Outer Hebrides last year, but the weather had other ideas.
I might try and sneak in a long weekend on the Orkney islands as well. Orkney is one of my favourite places to be and it would be nice to catch up with a couple of folk up there as well.
A few snaps from the Strathfillan wigwam trip...
So this will be my summer and winter project this year and this blog will document the journey!
|FR80, parts are cheap as chips - if you can find them!|
If we get them running well, there may may be a FR 80 trip on the cards next year.
By the way, anyone got an FR80 seat they don't need?