Riding next to a lake along the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle.

This post covers multiple days riding the North Coast 500 (NC500) as a shakedown for my round the world (RTW) journey.

Arriving early into Invereness, I couldn't wait any longer to start the NC500 route! A minor setback though—I had forgotten to load the route onto my GPS the night before. That was really daft of me! Anyway, route now loaded, I started.

The NC500 is an incredibly beautiful part of Scotland that I knew nothing about it prior to riding it. There were countless mountains scattered across the landscape with roads weaving between them. The most exciting bits for me were following the single track roads up the sides of mountains to viewing points. When travelling these roads, it's a challenge to pay attention to oncoming traffic, passing points, whilst taking in the scenery and sheer drops.

Got chatting to a guy at a petrol station and rode for a few days together. He was a top man and good company. He helped me find a camping spot in England using his local knowledge and contacts, which I was very grateful for.

Arriving at one fuel station, I quickly learnt they were out of action. They had fuel, but a new computer system was playing up and preventing access to fuel. My new fuel tank came in handy as I had more fuel to push on to the next fuel station about one hour away.

The weather was hot! The UK had an unusually long, hot summer in 2018. Ideal riding weather and I figured out where all the vents are on my jacket and trousers! When we were close to John o' Groats, we noticed a lot of rain was forecast, so we headed towards Inverness to escape the rain.

Wild camping along the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle (photo taken with light lighting).
Wild camping along the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle (photo taken with light lighting).
Wild camping under the sun along the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle.
Next to a lake along the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle.
Stephen Matthews on the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle.
Stephen Matthews a wearing helmet and sunglasses on the NC500 in Scotland to prepare for my round the world (RTW) journey on a CRF250L motorcycle.

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