wandering around England

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  1. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    originally we were thinking we would do a tour of the UK (trip planning thread), but as it turns out the old adage that says "in America 100 years is a long time, in the UK 100 miles is a long way" was spot on.... we found that our plan to hit Wales & Scotland would need more days, or more motorways, neither of which we had. So, we ended up tooling around England. It just means wales & Scotland will have to be there next time! :thumb

    so anyway... on with the story.

    Just two of us on this trip, me & my buddy Joe. I teach the MSF course for Joe on the weekends, and have been on a few riding adventures with him over the years. We got to Logan in plenty of time for our flight.. what to do? Aer Lingus? better fuel up!

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    we figured on free-flowing Guinness on the flight over... as it turns out they actually make you PAY for drinks! the horror!

    we changed planes in Dublin and caught the next flight to Heathrow w/o much drama. A ride on the tube and a hike down Uxbridge Road brought us to our bikes

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    we took off out of London headed south west towards the New Forest.

    bit of rain... it'll be over quick says Joe

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    skeptical

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    but it did end as predicted and we set off again.

    we arrived at the Sammy miller Museum to see these guys

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    and a ton of very cool machinery :thumb

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    "Jap" bikes... made me laugh

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    two wheel drive

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    prosciutto slicer!

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    quite old.... I asked Joe if he rode one when new :hide

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    bikes as chick magnets... since the dawn of time :thumb

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    after the museum we hit the road westward.... no particular destination, which was the theme of the trip

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    we stopped here in Tolpuddle, Dorset

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    we learned about the Tolpuddle Martyrs got pointed towards a nice B&B down the road, and had our first "real ales"

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    pretty much end of day one.

    survived London traffic while jet-lagged? check
    made it to Sammy Miller? check
    had a couple of beers & a good dinner? check

    miles so far: 132.... seemed further
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  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  3. g®eg

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    day two.....
    another really nice day, no rain in sight, not too warm... gotta love it :thumb

    I went for a walk before breakfast along the "sort of old road" (about 300 years old, as opposed to the Roman road which was off in the woods & much older).

    these guys were making all kinds of noise.. hungry I suppose

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    number 3 & number 4

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    (number 1 & 2 had ended up at the breakfast table last year)

    our first night accommodation

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    the local church

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    and BREAKFAST!

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    at breakfast we met an interesting couple and out of the blue the wife asks "have you watched the new battlestar?" and then "who does he look like?" pointing at her husband.... turns out they are the mum & dad of James Callis, which I found interesting (and the son does look like dad as well).

    we headed south towards Dorchester to hit a bank, and then on to Weymouth. I was going to try and swing past Hardy's Monument,

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    but took a wrong turn. I think our host was impressed I knew who Hardy was :D, ah well, next time.

    on down to the coast

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    and along the coast road past Abbotsbury

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    captions?

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    more of the coast

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    and this looney behind me

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    BMW powered... says he has one w/ a Guzzi engine too

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    got Joe an appropriate energy drink....

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    tastes like crap.. we stuck to Red Bull after that

    we went to the Salisbury Plain, and saw Stonehenge

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    we then pointed ourselves north again, and ended up at the gateway to the Cotswolds.. literally in the town of Burford.

    some beer, some diner, and a walk about town, and we were done.
    only 160 miles more... and just like the day before, it seemed like more
    ah well, lets flip the TV on and see some local shows

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    :doh
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    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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    g®eg & co

    get your butt back down SW England and buy me a beer :1drink

    I'll show you some good biking roads - about 200 miles worth

    Local pub-B&B is £25 a night

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    Find some hippies, theres usually a few bus loads within walking distance of Stonehenge. They'll point you in the right direction and do a nice cup of tea.

    This guy is a new hero of mine:

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    <------- Shoulda stopped in to say hi :lol3

    Nice little coast road from Weymouth to Bridport, isn't it. You probably rode straight past my uncle's cafe in Beaminster to get to Yeovil too :evil
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  7. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    I think that gas stop WAS Yeovil!
    ah well....

    great countryside
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    Ozz Been here awhile

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    You should've flipped it over!!! The other side tastes much better ! :lol3
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    :rofl

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    Lookin good so far, well the pics are, you guys not so much,.
    Love the pu$$y:lol3
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  11. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    so, day three
    we had taken a wander around Burford, lovely English village,

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    and then being Triumph riders, and seeing Hinckley isn't far away, we figured we'd go the the plant & check it out. Surely they'd have a souvineer shop or something right?.....

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    um.. that'd be "no". ah well, they are starting to figure out branding etc, but have a long way to go to catch up with other manufacturers. You can get within about a 1/4 mile of the plant....:norton

    anyway, off to Matlock Bath & the beginning of the Peak District

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    we headed into the District pointed at the Cat & Fiddle

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    we get there...

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    and it seems quiet... too quiet

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    "unable to open today"

    bugger!

    ah well, got the evidence picture anyway...

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    ... to be continued....
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  12. g®eg

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    I was enjoying the safety campaign signs, didn't get a snap of one, but essentially they were like this:

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    and this

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    well, since the Cat & Fiddle was a bust, we looked at the map, and decided to keep on the way north.

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    We skirted Manchester, and headed towards the Yorkshire Dales. When we were rolling through Gisburn, we spotted the "food & lodging" sign and pulled in.

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    Hit the jackpot with a great little pub, and real ales. Nice room and friendly people. One of the pub owners took us downstairs to see what's involved with cask ales, and it was quite interesting. Really nice night in Gisburn! :thumb

    coolest thing was they had only just reopened:


    end of day three, 214 miles behind us, not too much highway, and the Peak District was really lovely.

    I think I am wearing my wingman out...

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  13. GB

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    Touring the old word can't be beat, be it the UK or the Continent.. thanks for the report and the great pics :thumb

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  14. 907Duc

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    more more..........great pics.....:freaky
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  15. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    day four
    bit of rain overnight, but the morning is sunny.

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    gotta start w/ a good breakfast!

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    bar at the White Bull après drinks

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    heading north into the Yorkshire Dales

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    we stopped in Horton In Ribblesdale to get another sweater on.. getting a bit chilly climbing

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    carrying on up

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    great roads

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    and great views

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    one guy with a quad, three dogs, and about a billion sheep... no problem

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    highest pub in the UK

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    made me laugh...

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    ok, time to roll, north & west to the Lake District....except I went east and a bit south :cromag

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    zoomed in a bit, check the % drop.... that was a smallish one, generally we saw a lot of 20%!

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    for Merc

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    heading into the Lake District

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    to be continued....
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  16. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Nice - lots and lots of flashbacks in those pics (especially Matlock Bath) :clap
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  17. 907Duc

    907Duc ducatisti

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    so.......... how were the bikes?
    More great shots BTW.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    onwards and upwards.....

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    Joe decides to check the map

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    more climbing

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    made it to Kirkstone Pass

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    the rock walls (that were everywhere) are amazing!

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  19. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    we pointed ourselves north-east to go see Hadrian's Wall.

    made it to Hartside Top and saw this

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    Joe getting some sun

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    the only Guzzi I saw

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    the view

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    we made it to the "wall", but me (being cheap) decided I didn't want to pay to go see the museum (surprise surprise) so we headed out
    it was also around this time that we decided that maybe Scotland would have to wait for a future trip. we pointed ourselves eastward, and went in search of seafood and new places.

    stopped here since it seemed appropriate, but no rooms

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    and finally ended up near Tow Law in Durham?

    loads of these popping up

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    I think they are cool... so a snapped a pic.

    it was "all you can eat curry night too" score :thumb
    so I went after the food with a vengeance

    214 miles this day... a long day in the saddle.
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  20. g®eg

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    day 5?
    starting to lose track, but in a good way....

    we decide to head east to the seaside by way of the Yorkshire Moors

    saw these bizarre evergreens... any idea what they are? :ear

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    great views

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    North Sea in the distance

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    rolled into Whitby

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    people watching time

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    now, this is interesting (to me anyway). this couple rolled in, fully kitted up, and pulled off their helmets

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    wow... old folks... just like me!

    best part is though... are they on a Harley or some other cruiser?

    nope....

    their ride:

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    cool :thumb
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