Posted by: Ewan McGregor | Date posted: 26/05/2007
Let me jot that one down ... ©
Ewan looks back on the trip so far - from Scotland onwards, it's a long way down!
'It was lovely for me to start the trip in Scotland. First of all it's some of the best roads in the world to ride a bike on. It’s absolutely spectacular - the scenery, the corners, the twisties - they’re just absolutely magnificent. And it gave me an opportunity to be in my country again, to be in Scotland again, because I don’t get up there nearly as much as I’d like to, and an opportunity to ride with my brother and my father - that doesn’t happen very often either. And to meet them off the plane in Inverness was just so exciting, and also to have such a crazy story to tell them about Charley and why he wasn't there!
'My brother organised for us to stay at the Castle of Mey, and my brother kind of organised our route down through Scotland, and he’d love nothing more than to be doing this whole trip with me, I know that, and it's just not possible, so it was lovely to share at least a little bit of it with him.
'And to ride along with my dad. You know, my dad's a worrier, and at one point he worried that he was holding everyone up, because I’d dropped back to ride along with him while Charley and Claudio and my brother kind of pressed on a bit quicker up ahead, and I understood because I've felt the same way in my time, but I just was happy to be riding with him - I didn’t care how fast we were going. It doesn’t bother me, I was just happy to be riding along with my dad. It was lovely! And when he left he was upset, you know, when he was saying goodbye to us outside the hospital at Askern, and he was a bit upset, and I just thought that it was lovely that he had been there, and that he was part of it.'
We met this fantastic couple. They were running out of their house and waving their arms! We got off the bikes, and they were BMW riders and they’d seen that we'd started and had been pictures of us on some GS site, and it was fantastic! And I thought, you know, this is something that took us months to get into in the last trip, you know, it was maybe in the Ukraine or Slovakia or something by the time we'd opened up the possibility of meeting strangers and accepting their friendship and their food, and you know, whatever people want to share with you.
To begin with we were a bit, kind of, what do they want? And here we were on the like second or third day of the trip having a cup of tea in someone’s house - it was lovely! And I felt like, you know, we’re off already - we’re up and running already.
Ewan reckons the Scottish roads are the best in the world. We asked if you agreed, and here are the comments you sent in.