It was that time of the year again, the 17th Keswick Beer festival, my 17th Keswick Beer Festival, Nigel’s, to our surprise, 11th, we thought he’d only done 10 and Graham’s 1st after years of putting up with me telling him how great it is. Thursday 6th June. An early start for me and Graham to miss the southern rush so we can enjoy the northern emptiness, still the advantage of this time of the year is it soon get’s light so after only 80 odd miles and well under 2 hours we had our first fuelling stop at Cambridge, before the chilly sprint up the A14 and A1, at least it wasn’t raining this year. Good progress was made and, after a brief rider refuelling stop at Ferrybridge Services, where we got to enjoy a stationary M62 from a safe distance, we continued north on some much nicer roads. Another brief stop at Boroughbridge. it was back to the northerly run as the weather brightened slightly, before finally turning west and, after a refuelling stop in Caterick, we got up into the Yorkshire Dales.