Lucky us, we could now offer a temporary address where we would stay long enough so that the new card can be shipped. That was one reason to wait, stay foot and hope that the letter arrives before we need to depart.
The next major issue was the problem with Skippy's bike. During the normal chain maintenance I noticed that the brand new Hyperpro rear shock was leaking. I made a test sitting on the bike and for sure the oil was gone in the suspension. Milady only commented that there was a "klong" once in a while (she thought they came from the sidecases) ;)
|Broken Hyperpro shock|
Skippy's bike needed also an oil change - our first real regular maintenance. At this point, I would like to say BIG THANX to Kenny - our host. He let me use his garage to change the oil and was even nice to collect and recycle the old oil. That was more then I hoped for and the maintenance work was done in no time. I also cleaned the Scotts oil filter, since the extra work is marginal and the opinions on how often to clean those re-usable oil filters vary.
Besides relaxing, enjoying life in Kenny´s great log cabin (it really felt almost like home - only Sauna was missing) and waiting for the mail (thanx again Kenny for this favor and for acting as our temp mail address as we also ordered some vegan dog food and needed a shipping address). There are plenty of things to see and do in Fort William.
The next day we decided to experience the steam train ride on the Jacobite from Fort William and Mallaig. We followed the (smoke) smells of the Hogwarts Express and rode over the Glenfinnan Viaduct - known to all Harry Potter fans. The landscape was really beautiful and this time, I could sit back, relax and take some clips compared to when riding the bike. We had a small walk in Mallaig and we got ourselves a few books from the local second hand book shop.
|Getting ready for departure|
|Break at Glenfinnan|
|I love those kind of "smart" signs :)|
|55t snowplough rebuilt from a former V2 locomotive tender|
|View from the train ride|
|Skippy inspecting wild life in Mallaig|
|Beautiful flower in the water|
|Me looking "ahead"|
|Steall Falls nearby Ben Nevis, Fort William|
|Too strong currents for our little dogs to cross by themselves|
|The "kiddo" also could not resists to climb the steel rope even though I would say it was easier to walk through the river :D|
|Wolfi leading the way|
Next day we left this great place with a little sorrow...
|Skippy swimming in Loch Ness - no monster appeared ;)|
|Camping in the wild|
|Tentsite with a view to the river|
|Know the code|
|Unbelievable trash in the river|
|All the sudden a deer came to inspect the river|
|Our "neighbour" opposite of the street|
It was now Monday morning. We got up early, packed our stuff and headed towards Perth to get Skippy's bike fixed. We found the place easily and after a short talk, I started to take out the rear shock. The mechanic got right away to it and we went off for a nice picnic lunch in King's park enjoying strawberries, rasberries and some indian food. The repaired shock went quickly back into the bike. As I was crawling on the floor tying up all th bolts, Skippy was so kind and provided me with our rainbow umbrella some shade. A pity we do not have a picture of this :D
|Wolfi packing up his toolbox after the repair|
|Girls were hot and bored ...|
|Skippy had a chance to sit her "Nessie" onto the topcase|