Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We made it back to Douglas at 1330 and drove right up to the check in booth. There were about 10 other bikes there for the fast ferry (3 hours) to Liverpool. There is no passport control or customs. Again you ride on and the staff secure the bikes. You have to be very careful to watch them. Both our friend Steve from Plymouth and our friends Gino and Fiona from Edinburgh have had bikes damaged when they let loose in rough seas. The crossing was a bit rough for the first hour, but calmed somewhat after the captain slowed the vessels down to 36 km/h and shifted course out of bad weather. The ship unloads right downtown into traffic. This had just started flowing, when it started pouring again. The rain gear is holding up well luckily.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a short 60 miles to go to Llandudno. The sun is shining, but as we have found in Wales if you wait 5 minutes the weather will change to pouring rain.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.41.28 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    We headed south 20 miles to the village of Betws-y- Coed, which is the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.43.53 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    We stopped in the visitor’s center for a map and some route suggestions.




    [​IMG]snowdonia 10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we had sun, 5 degrees, rain, 12 degrees, poring rain, and hail almost in a continuous cycle!




    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 6.33.31 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  6. SavannahCapt

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    I agree. I remember seeing examples of this in geology textbooks many many years ago. None better than this example of columnar jointing with Saralou for scale.
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I love this shot also! rocks are very cool actually. Sara
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We booked it north around most of the urban sprawl to get to the Lake District of England.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 9.34.03 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    On the way we took a side trip over the Horseshoe pass and back and then stopped at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. This is a navigable waterway that directs the Llangollen Canal 136 ft over the River Dee. It was built in 1805 and is 1007 ft long, 11 ft wide, and 5,25 ft deep.



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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day we did almost 350 km route in a figure of 8 to try to get in all the high passes.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 6.32.59 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    [​IMG]lake district 28 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    This includes the famous Hardknott Pass, which rises 400 m on a single lane of switchbacks with a 30 % grade and then repeats this on the down side at 25 %.


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  12. Saralou

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Gino and Fi had just bought a bike with a sidecar to go to two winter rallies next year including the Elephant in the Bavarian Forrest in January. For the weekend we were off to the sidecar rally in Moniave.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 5.49.01 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Highlights were the camping next to the Pub and the Ska/Punk bands.



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  16. OnTheWay

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    Always has this typical smile,:clap:clap:clap

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    From the pictures, it looks as if you all had the roads to yourselves in the lake district. Beautiful.
  18. Saralou

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    Yes for the most part. We did meet a few cars on the Hardknott, which was a bit hairy at 30% and off camber switchbacks! I can not imagine this place in summer!!!
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Back in the city we had traditional Haggis dinner with Fi’s family. Gino did the address to the Haggis by Robert Burns. It starts out like…

    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin'-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak yer place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
    As lang's my airm.


    Nice seeing your honest, chubby face,
    Great chieftain of the sausage race!
    Above them all you take your place,
    Belly, tripe, or links:
    Well are you worthy of a grace
    As long as my arm.

    [​IMG]Edinbourgh 36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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