Another day in Paradise

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Johnnyboxer, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Johnnyboxer

    Johnnyboxer Long timer

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    After a fairly long ride to the UK's Lake District area yesterday, around Kendal - to meet up with a friend Peter and his partner, Linda...............I fancied an afternoon out a bit closer to home

    So...............an early lunch and out on the XChallenge, my aim was to ride from Thirsk, in and around the A170 towards Pickering.............never straying more than a few miles from the main A road

    I wanted to seek out some pretty villages, basking in spring sunshine and a few trails to spice it up, within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

    Starting off from Thirsk, this trail is only a few hundred yards from the A road.....yet could be a million miles away and hardly anyone knows of its presence

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    Now crossing over towards the pretty village of Boltby

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    Splendid view

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    Back across to Kilburn.................and Yorkshire's famous White Horse

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    Unsuitable...................we''ll see

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    Halfway up is a bench, with an obligatory view for all to see

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    This is a lovely trail, that leads to a secret folly or chapel to the WW2 dead & fallen

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    John Bunting - a famous 20th Century sculptor, built this chapel

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    Here's some history about him

    http://www.johnbunting.co.uk/index.html

    Some info specific to the chapel................well worth a walk up

    http://www.johnbunting.co.uk/memorial.html

    Onwards toward the village of Rievaulx, another trail with a beautiful old stone bridge...............another architectural find and now forgotten.... from a bygone transport age

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    Then a quick refreshment break @ Helmsley amongst the sports bikers..........how much have they missed by staying purely on the tarmac

    A few trails in and around Kirkbymoorside and then through Lastingham to Pickering, finishing with this old drovers road

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    Lovely afternoon of pootling, not 30 miles from home at the most..... on a great motorbike to explore all those lost and hidden roads....................can't beat it
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  2. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Not often i miss what was home.......but you made me :wink: i'll just have to put up with this!!!!!
    Re: DR 250 playing

    Cheers Moon ............how's things up north ? got all 3 THONGS on down here [​IMG] I can't figure out how to add pics to a reply on a post !!!!! but i'll try this
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    TRANSALP 600,sadly missed
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  3. Johnnyboxer

    Johnnyboxer Long timer

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    Good one Phil..................france is good too
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  4. GB

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    It sure looks that way.. the sun's shining and the pastures are nice and green :thumb
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  5. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Cheers Johnny
    How do find the X ???? weight and hight ??? i'm only 5' 8' and 12st pizz wet through my DRs got me on the balls of me feet but it's as light as a feather!!!
    Cheers Phil
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  6. Johnnyboxer

    Johnnyboxer Long timer

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    I'm 6'2 and 17 st so find it ok................although it's very tall at rest, 40" seat on the sidestand, but sinks once on it

    It'd be better with a normal rear shock

    150kg fuelled, so not as light as a DRZ

    Plenty of power - 53bhp

    Great on the road:clap
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  7. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    I knew i should have hung on to my PLATFORMS :D:D
    Phil
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