Yellow bushes
and roadside

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Scotland, what a beauty! I'm on my way to Inverness to start the North Coast 500 with a friend. With a little extra time at hand, I decided to deviate from LEJOG a bit and get into Fife and the East Coast. As said, beautiful! The only downside is that I see surprising amounts of trash on the roadside. More than on any other area I've biked through.
Where the 495 kilometers took me
Fri, 9. Jun 2023
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Woke up to the most perfect view! A great ride during the day with hills that are clearly picking up. By now I expect to have distance divided by ten as my ascend. Then it’s a normal ride. Below is easy peasy. One thing that shocked me a bit was the amount of garbage at the side of the road. Didn’t see that in a long time… arrived on nice campsite where two weird things happened. The one is that there was a bit of trouble with the camping neighbours, the next day even police showed up. I think the over reacted a bit. But there was a bit of tension in the air and I didn’t sleep as deep as usually. At around midnight I woke up from a sound. Looked out of the tent. And what did I see? A fox just in front of me with my back of porridge in his snout! We looked at each other and then walked away…

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Sat, 10. Jun 2023
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Diverging from the normal LEJOG route into the east. Into Fife. I have some extra days at my hands before meeting a friend in Inverness. Again, beautiful ride, now even with a lot of signage! Unfortunately the theme of garbage on the side of the road continues, at least they make it now a bit more spectacular. Evening started a bit unpleasant, as the camping spot had totally miscommunicated their policies, but got a good night sleep in the end.

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Sun, 11. Jun 2023
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A rainy start. Turns out my tent is leaking, which means I need to get new one. The old one will be sent back to Germany. I really like it! Rain continued until Dundee. The bridge to Dundee is great! Best thing: you bike into an elevator that brings you down. Biking towards Montrose I had admired the bike of a local, got lost in the military zone and chatted with a Scottish traveler girl and it’s siblings. Overall, great day!

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Mon, 12. Jun 2023
EuroVelo 1 - gorse bushes on my campsite in Scotland

A rather short one. Booked the campsite for the wrong day and decided to take the train to Aberdeen and bike from there. Two old Dutch biketourists called it cheating. Well… I landed in Cuminestown with. Nice downhill with a bit of drizzle. Nice until I realised my campsite was at the top. But wasn’t too bad nd it reminded me to always double check destinations as Komoot is often off. Great campsite: a herd of border collies, a beauty table with a hair dryer and the potential to play 🏓

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Tue, 13. Jun 2023
EuroVelo 1 - bike parked in Banff

Uneventful, but filled with lots of interactions with very interested seniors. I hardly made it out of the CO-OP, everybody had questions 😍

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Wed, 14. Jun 2023
EuroVelo 1 - getting some extra cables for bike repair

I made it to Inverness! Getting my brakes fixed, finding a new tent and finally some proper washing. Will stay there until Fiona arrives to do the North Coast 500. Oh, I stayed in a hostel. I was absolutely shocked when I saw what the other guests threw in the bin. New clothes and food. I will never get that.

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Mood: happy :)