Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 2

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Ok, I’ll put m hands up and admit defeat – I didn’t make it to Inverness on the mighty little Yamaha MT 125! The weather finally beat me, just after leaving my overnight stop in Perth, only 90 miles from my destination after Thursday’s 400 odd miles.

By the time I got off the bike on Thursday (after freezing, getting almost blown off the road and soaked), it was a beautiful night, and there were clear blue skies when I got up again on Friday morning.

I set out of the A9 to head north, cold but dry, but could see what was ahead – a massive cloud of what could only be snow that we were climbing into. Sure enough, by the time I got to Pitlochery, it was coming down heavily.

With it set to only get worse, and with my visibility rapidly reducing, I decided it was better safe than sorry and turned back. I jumped on the train north instead, and was VERY glad I had by the time I got up through the Pass of Drumochter – check out the shot from the train window!

With the job done in Inverness, I’m back down the road again in the morning. Tonight is giving temperatures of around -15ºC in these parts, so it’s going to be a chilly one!

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer