Mark takes Katie M to the Isle of Wight

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MarkN, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. MarkN

    MarkN Long timer

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    I've had a few days off this week and decided that I would use the time to have a couple of days away before the weather gets too bad to enjoy riding for long periods. So I decided on the Isle of Wight. The IOW is the island right in the centre of our south coast and only about 60 miles from my house.

    I booked a ferry over the internet and set off early on Wednesday morning for a 10am sailing from Southampton.

    I was there before the ferry
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    But then the ferry turned up
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    we started to load and we were on our way

    When I had arrived at Cowes I watched it return to Southanpton
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    I started to ride around the island and then came across the first town of Ryde, the pier going out to sea was just too good not to ride along it to the end
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    I was thankful it was a dry day as the wooden deck would have been quite slippery
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    The next town was Sandown, where I rode along the esplanade and looked at the sea
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    Soon it was time for some lunch so I stopped at a lovely pub called the Wight Mouse Inn and had Sausage and Mash and a pint of lemonade and lime:1drink
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    After Lunch I carried on the road on the south of the island and came across The Needles. They are a rock formation made from the lyme stone rock. To give it some scale, if you look closely, at the end of the rocks there is a lighthouse with a helipad on the top.
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    Carrying on around the coast I came across a lot of house boats, this one looked interesting
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    Then I realised it was a Bed and Breakfast!
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    This one caught my eye:evil
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    Check out the name!!

    As it was starting to get dark I decided it might be worthwhile looking for somewhere to stay for the night and found this place in Benbridge.
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    They gave me a lovely room for £40 per night
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    So I unpacked, had a shower, shave and put on some clean clothes and went and had a couple of pints of Old English and a great big plate of Mussells
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    Day two started with a ride up to a place called Godshill and I found this thatched cottage that dates from the 17th century
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    On the side of this building was a shop that sold home made cider:freaky
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    The village of Godshill is stunning
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    As I was riding along the road I came across another attraction
    This one featured am old, slow mode of transport and some traction engines:lol3
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    It also had a shipwreck and marine museum onsite as well and being a diver as well I had to stop and have a look. If you look closely at the photo you can see a 17th century "dive machine" - basically a large barrel with two holes for the divers arms and a window for him to look out of!
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    I then rode up to Carisbrooke Castle, this was the place that Charles 1st was held before he was taken back to London for his execution.
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    I carried on around the island where the wind was really starting to kick up, the sea was smashing against the rocks below and making a fantastic noise.
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    It was becoming time for lunch again and I came through Old Shanklin
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    Where I found Henry VIII's Grill - as if!! So went in for Scampi and Chips and a drink:1drink
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    Sadly, time was all too short and it was time to ride back to East Cowes and get the ferry back home:cry
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    Here are my tracks around the island
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    If you ever get the chance to go I can totally recommend a trip there.:clap
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  2. GB

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    Nice pics!! Is Katie M camera shy? Let's see her! :thumb

    :lurk
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  3. MarkN

    MarkN Long timer

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    Look closely, Katie M is in several picture:evil
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  4. Larry_77084

    Larry_77084 Been here awhile

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    Katie M isn't camera shy, there she is right there, K T M
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  5. GB

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    now that's a cheap trick! :lol2 I was hoping there was a Katie, or a Sheila or some other babe to adorn your bike and or pics!!
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    i was wondering why you were the only one eating. was about to ask if she had a sister. all in all it looks like a steller trip..ty 4 shareing
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    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    your slipping G.B.
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  8. FlagRS

    FlagRS Gone to the Dogs

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    Looks like a great trip on the Isle of Wright.
    I like the: Red Funnel, Green Peas, Cottages with grass roofs, Mussels, Carisbrooke Castle, and of course your girlfriend Katie M.
    It's all great! Only us GS guys would think Katie was real Sheila.
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    Excellent report!

    I wanna go.

    :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
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  10. MarkN

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I really enjoyed the two days I spent there. I managed to catch an early ferry coming home because the weather started to come in and the skies got very dark.

    While I was on the ferry coming back the skies opened but on the ride home it didn't rain very much and I didn't get too wet:clap

    Mark
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  11. [Red]

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    awesome, having access to so much history must be cool.

    thanks for the great pics :freaky
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  12. kejago

    kejago Kev. Haute Savoie, France

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    Nice one Mark! :thumb
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  13. Slimie

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    Nice one, Mark.

    Shame they changed the colour of the ferry, it ruins the joke "What's brown and comes steaming out the back of Cow(e)s????":lol3 :lol3

    Cheers
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  14. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Very nice!

    I love the Isle of White having sailed in Cowes week a few times.

    'Katie M' - nice one! :lol3

    I wonder if that plate is available in any US States?

    :deal
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  15. GSgal

    GSgal Been here awhile

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    Fun to read this post - thank you! :thumb
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    mac62 One more thin gypsy thief

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    Nice one!

    I stayed in the world's smallest guest room one night. When you opened the door it hit the foot of the bed. :lol3 Still, it was next to free off-season, can't complain.
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  17. Little beemer

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    shame these pics on the start of this thread are no longer available, would of liked to have seen them since its my home county :D
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  18. MarkN

    MarkN Long timer

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    Fixed:thumb
    The originals were hosted by Smugmug which I closed when I got my .Mac account.
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  19. Little beemer

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    Many thanks for that Mark, a great report and piccies, Carisbrooke Castle one is just up the road from where we live :D
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  20. Hoon

    Hoon Ratty Adventurer

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    I holidayed there with my parents for about 15 yrs in a row,you know the score-used to stay in a caravan in someones garden.
    It's a beatiful place,just like the mainland used to be in the '70s eh?

    I'm jealous of you living there Little Beemer,I'll be there in May for a few days-my brother's getting married there,he loves it too.

    I did a solo cycle-camping trip round the island a few years ago in April,had snow but still enjoyed myself.

    I recognised most of your pics MarkN,good photography skills btw.

    Lots of memories just came back to me,love that place-well worth a visit for those that get the chance.
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