Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. lightcycle

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    Back in town, we grab some lunch. We see that the tourism department is capitalizing on the fossil trade

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    Outside the bakery, having a Cornish Pasty

    The Cornish Pasty is a baked pastry filled with mince meat, onion and potato and is the national dish of Cornwall, on the southern tip of the UK, not too far from where we are. It was on the list of things to eat that my cousin in London recommended. Delicious!

    However, we are on our way out of Britain, and we've got to find a way to shed the UK spare tire we're carrying around our waists!

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    Our next stop on the final farewell leg of England, a little campsite just outside of:
  2. lightcycle

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    Stonehenge!!!

    We're zigging and zagging all over southern England now, on our way out. Stonehenge is my pick on the list of things to see. Not because it's got any archaeological or cultural significance. It's because I first saw it on an episode of "In Search Of...", a sci-fi documentary series about alien visitations, paranormal activity, and generally kooky pseudo-science. I was enthralled with that show. And it was hosted by Mr. Spock!

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    Stonehenge is located in Salisbury and it's far from being isolated

    Like most ancient monuments, it's now being crowded in by urban creep. You can see Stonehenge from the roadway in the background. A few years ago, you could walk right up to the stones, but due to vandalism and wear, the stones are roped off and you can only walk around the perimeter.

    Mr. Spock said that the stones in Stonehenge line up with other sacred sites in the UK and around the world, like the Great Pyramids of Egypt. The type of stones are not found in Salisbury and were carried hundreds of miles to be placed here to harness mystical, magical energies. But for what purpose? Dun-dun-DAAAAH!

    Although not explicitly stated, he seemed to imply alien forces at work. Which is both totally cool and highly logical.

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    "Quoth the Raven, Nevermore. Nevermore."

    I don't know why I'm quoting Edgar Allan Poe. It just seemed like a creepy thing to put in there...

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    Clouds part above mystical Stonehenge to welcome our alien overlords!
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    Great instalment and pics once more. Loved the Prisoner. Couldn’t believe the Village was a real place. Was the life sized chess board still there? Head bone connected to the neck bone .....
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    Phrog Terra Australis

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  5. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I'm sure loads of people must do this. I have a leaf from the Sacred Oak at Dodoni.
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    mikecbrxx Been here awhile

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    Did you also make it to Brooklands on your way out of the UK? If not, take a look online and mark it for your next visit. Really cool place and very close to Stonehenge.
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    Breathtaking photos! :-)
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  8. lightcycle

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    So... some interesting trivia someone just sent to me:

    That town we passed, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll... that's the shortened version of the whole name. The official name of the town is actually Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

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    Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll was the original name, but in the 1860s, the town officially changed it to a single 58-letter long-form name for publicity purposes to draw in tourists, in a bid for it to be the longest single named town in the world.

    Today, it's the second longest town name. The longest name is a town in New Zealand called:
    Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (85 letters long).

    One-upped by those bloody Kiwis! :D
  9. lightcycle

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    So... more interesting trivia I just dug up:

    The chess board was only constructed for the TV Series.

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    Every September, Portmeirion hosts a musics and arts event called Festival no. 6, named after The Prisoner. During the festival, they recreate the human chess board game by laying temporary white pieces of plastic on the lawn, and then when the festival is over, the plastic is removed. So we didn't see the chess board when we visited.

    Well, earlier this year the village laid down permanent black and white tiles. The neighbours did not like it at all, saying it was "out of character" and petitioned to have it removed. It went to the local council, and the motion to have it removed was struck down.

    So if you visit Portmeirion today, you'll see the human chess board, just like in the TV show!

    source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/7...isoner-portmeirion-row-residents-owners-wales
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  10. Sunday Rider

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    Your adventures are killing me. :D Now here is another destination on my bucket list.
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  11. lightcycle

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    No, we didn't make it there. That looks very cool! Bookmarked for the next time!
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  12. lightcycle

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    Haha! That's great! Although the second half of that video is very spoilery... :uhoh

    Look what else I found on YouTube:



    And I also found one of my favorite cartoons that I used to watch as a kid!



    My childhood is perfectly preserved on YouTube! :lol3
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    Yup me too
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    Holy bat turds Batman! I forgot about that copycat bat, Batfink!!:lol3
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    Thanks for mentioning this show. I just watched the first episode and was amazed to see a lava lamp.
    Wikipedia then enlightened me:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava_lamp

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    Listening to a Welshman roll that off without a hesitation is awe inspiring.
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    Since we are naming off TV show locations in the UK... Due to the large number of Dr Who references in this RR I'm hoping you got to Cardiff? Tho primarily used for Torchwood, several 10th Doctor episodes had this location.
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  18. lightcycle

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    Oh man, you're in for quite a ride! The last episode is a full-on acid trip.

    No, we didn't make it to Cardiff!!! :(:

    Next time!
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    Dude... old lady living alone in a cabin in the woods.... nuff said. They write fairytales about this kind of thing... which usually end up scaring our children's psyche... but I digress. Tell me... did you see many cats as you were approaching said cabin? If so... dead give away.... then again if not, she may have eaten them :D LOL.
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