Favourite routes in Scotland

30th August 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

The road that became my local favourite was the B6355 down past the Whiteadder Reservoir (not just because the name reminds me of Miriam Margoles hitting Rowan Atkinson with a cross in Blackadder). That’s a cracking road. With two hours to kill, I could take it all the way to Duns, then loop back to  [Read full post…]

Back to reality

30th August 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Well, I’m back in the South East. So long Scotland – thanks for having me. Miss you already… Actually, I do miss a lot of the biking things about having been in Scotland. The bikes on the front in South Queensferry. The Cairngorms. St Mary’s Loch. Fish and chips in Applecross. The A87 to Skye…  [Read full post…]

Chairman of the board

5th August 2016 by  in The Dex Files

CyberJimmy took pity on me, wincing around with my bad back. He came round with a couple of wooden boards which we laid between the mattress and the divan on my bed, to firm it up. I had a good night’s sleep last night and the back is better. Bit of luck, I will improve  [Read full post…]

Bad back

5th August 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I don’t know what I’ve done, but I’ve pulled something in my back. Like waking up too early, it’s probably my age. But while I don’t mind getting up early, the trouble is that it’s really hard to physically get up. Out of bed, out of chairs… I don’t know how I managed to push  [Read full post…]

This weekend’s plan

5th August 2016 by  in Daily Digest

I’m hoping to get a bit of riding in this weekend. I’ve been looking at the routes on Motorcycle Scotland, trying to decide where to go. And I’m stuck. So – recommendations please. Or nominations: which of the routes on Motorcycle Scotland (or on here) should I be doing this weekend? Dex

Who was Allan?

4th August 2016 by  in The Dex Files

And why does the bridge outside Stirling belong to him? What do I have to do to get one? I quite like the thought of a sat nav telling everyone “You are now arriving in Bridge of Dexter”. I think it sounds classier than Bridge of Allan. Though I’m sure the Scots will tell me  [Read full post…]


4th August 2016 by  in The Dex Files

This isn’t about bikes. Sorry. I went out for a drink with a client last night – a formal work thing. We were in a posh hotel in Edinburgh and this chap – a big, burly, bear of a man – ordered a cocktail. I can honestly say that in all my years, that’s something  [Read full post…]

A message from the other side

2nd August 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Other side of the Channel, that is. While I was doing 600 sunny miles around the Highlands, my mates DA and Tidy Tim went on a weekend tour of the D-Day beaches. Naturally, without a responsible adult to supervise them, things went spectacularly wrong and they ended up at Mont St Michel rather than at  [Read full post…]

Sat nav updating

1st August 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Had to update the maps on my sat nav. Thought I’d left it going over night. Went in this morning to find that I’d left the process stalled, once mouse-click short of starting. Once I did click “agree” it started. So I left the thing at home, whirring away. You’ve spotted the problem, haven’t you?  [Read full post…]


29th July 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Two things. First, I had to nip into Edinburgh today and saw a couple of hipsters (as they’re Scottish, I suppose they’d have been McHipsters – except that sounds like something on the fast-food menu from hell). Both on matching Triumph Bonnevilles – brand new but with some extras: a wire cover on the headlight  [Read full post…]

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