After leaving the lake we thought we would get a little further – but that guess was wrong: First, everything seemed fine, but about 60 miles after leaving the lake Moprüs scooter decided it didn’t get enough of attention. When the engine was running hot it just didn’t want to go any faster than 3mph for a minute and then started to get faster very lazily.
We had to stop just after quitting Perth and we were lucky to find a little spot next to the (quite big) street we were driving on for the engine of the scooter just stopped. There we met a Scot who had some motorcycles in his garage and offered us help. Yet, we managed to get the scooter running and headed for Pitlochry. On our way the problem occurred once more, but weaker, so we decided to keep on driving.
When we reached Pitlochry we all agreed to stay in the Youth Hostel for the night. Unfortunately it didn’t have enough of space for the seven of us, but the Backpacker’s had some and so we splitted up, two of us staying at the Youth Hostel and the other five at the Backpacker’s. We left our scooters in the car park of the Backpacker’s (it’s kind of awkward for a Backpacker’s having a car park…) for Moprüs scooter didn’t make the way up to the Youth Hostel. We spend the evening at the Old Mill Inn, a little pub with live music and some local whiskeys and fell into our beds, very tired. In the morning, Moprü and Schwabi wanted to work on their scooters and the rest of us headed for the local whiskey distilleries. It turned out Schwabi didn’t get to work on his scooter for he helped Moprü all the time. That scooter changed its mood between not really running (same phenomenon as the day before) or not starting at all. In the evening Moprü decided to rent a car for the rest of the vacation giving up on the scooter.
Therefore Nora and Schwabi were sent back to Perth 20 miles away (the staff of the Backpacker’s helped us to find a cheap car rental) to get the car, which was quite an act: Nora drove on her scooter with Schwabi on the pillion seat. There they had to wait quite long for the people were all relaxed… And there were some troubles with the car itself. Finally, they stayed there a little longer because Schwabi had to get used to English cars (with the whole fittings switched from left to right).
Meanwhile we were looking for somebody to sell the scooter to because it was still a good scooter that just needed some ‘help’. But in Scotland nobody seems to be making use of scooters so we found nobody. But we had a lot of fun doing stupidities on the parking lot while waiting for people to return...
Then we asked the People at the Backpacker’s where we could stay for the night because all the camping areas didn’t have space for us. They told us we could do some legal wild camping at the river.
Just when Nora and Schwabi were on their way back, Mart remembered something he wanted to check at the scooter before and then the scooter was running better than ever before. We were all that glad and everybody couldn’t stop smiling and cheering the whole evening, so we celebrated the working scooter with a barbecue camping on a legal wild camping area with a sign on it saying ‘No camping!’ close to a dam so the river was stopped and quite slow. It was really beautiful!
The next morning Nora and Schwabi went back to the rental to give the car back. Fortunately, they took it back and we had to pay only for one day.
When they were back, we started into the new day, but that’s another story to tell…