wandering around England

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  1. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    out of Whitby, and heading south along the shore

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    seaside at Filey, low tide!

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    pulled into Flamborough and snapped a couple pics of this lovely ride!

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    and one for Michelle :nod

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    the boys doin' crimes in the UK (not paying for parking)

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    the shore

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    not sure what this meant...

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    and then the poo-patrol rolled up

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    a mobile "worm checking" oufit for pets... talk about a shitty job :rofl

    snapped these for Merc on the Humber Bridge

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  2. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    The bizarre evergreen, in the picture?
    Araucaria araucana aka the monkey tree.
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  3. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    you know... we're on the coast road. do you think you see the North Sea?
    nope... a lot of hedge!

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    time to play with creative shooting angles

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    bit hotter than it was in the hills, and a bit more traffic as today is Saturday. We're whipped, we find a hotel near the highway & crash for the night. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, so we're interested to see what sort of celebrations the locals have planned....
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  4. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    July 4th, 2010
    big day for my American friends! :D

    so, I figure where's the best place to be on the 4th? Boston of course!!

    Joe "what do you want to do?"
    me " lets' go to Boston & get a pic of something iconic!"

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    there we go

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    cool city
    they have rivers.... just like here

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    and bridges

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    looks like the north end

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    all kinds of partying going on.....

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    yup, we were here....

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    ok, so maybe the 4th isn't a big deal in Boston....

    off to see a castle instead
    from the department of redundancy department

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    pay? to go in?

    ha!

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    on the road south again

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    and on into Great Yarmouth

    offshore wind farm, just like they want to build off the Cape here

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    I'm sorry, but I think windmills are cool!

    not in Kansas anymore..... seems like a cross between Vegas & Niagara Falls

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    pretty sure we had one of these when I was a kid...

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    we head out of Great Yarmouth and work our way a little inland towards Beccles where we stop for the night

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    we ordered up some beer & food, and the barmaid was having a hard time getting the bluetooth card reader to work..

    I told her she missed her calling, she could be a spokes-model

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    anyway, signal went through and beers were procured

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    we were drinking "Matida's Revenge" named for the ghost that hangs out at the hotel I guess. Didn't see her, but the beer was good :thumb
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  5. Bryn1203

    Bryn1203 Dances with spaniels

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    g®eg & co

    Glad you are enjoying England.

    That strange evergreen tree in one of your posts was what we call a Monkey puzzle tree - Aucaria aucaria (from memory) native species to Chile - endangered species.

    Keep it coming.
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  6. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    Yup..great stuff.

    Though kinda weird to see a foreign Ride Report about many roads I`ve ridden and places I`ve visited.

    As before...the 'weird evergreen' is the Monkey Tree.

    The 'stone walls' are 'Drystone Walls' and quite works of art...something I enjoy seeing too.


    Please continue. :deal
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  7. markxjr

    markxjr Been here awhile

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    Hi,great ride report and fine pics,did you pass through my town Bridlington seeing as you were 4 miles up the road in flamborough ? Hope you enjoyed our part of the world guys.
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  8. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    straight past!
    loved riding around England :thumb
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  9. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    so where am I?

    from Beccles we go south-west along B roads towards Ipswich. No plan in mind, just the way we are headed.

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    I love B roads....

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    after Ipswich we turn sort of west towards Sudbury & Haverhill (mostly because they are names from home for us).

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    I thought this was cool

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    and then... we were back home!
    how do they know????

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    stopped for some lunch

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    and saw this cool door

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    we saw a sign for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford & decided to go have a look... very impressive!

    bombers

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    Concorde

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    Spitfire (lots of em actually)

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    ME 109

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    I have a customer who used to sit in the back seat of one of these

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    and chase these...

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    Hurricane

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    flying example being tended to

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  10. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    even more war museum

    B52

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    F 111

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    see if Merc can figure out what this is

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    what's it called? the gynaeolator? sounds like some kind of woman - doctor???

    speaking of Merc....

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    and then it's out of there for points a bit north & west.
    we head towards Cambridge, but it's around 5 o'clock, so traffic sucks.
    we decide B roads west would be better

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    and we roll into Gamlingay...

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    I walk into the Wheatsheaf Pub and ask if they have any ideas on accomodation. They are super friendly and point us towards the Talyard House just around the corner. We hop on the bikes & roll in. Room for the night? sure... no problem, and before you know it we're back at the pub soaking up the local beers! Short day for mileage, but the museum and the local pub are making up for that :thumb
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  11. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    so the next morning while waiting for breakfast Joe asks our host, Sue, who the sportcar enthusiast in the house is... turns out her dad was John Tojeiro, a famous designer of racing cars, and the person who gave us the iconic sportscar, the AC Ace, which went on to become the AC Cobra

    very VERY cool!

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    I asked if she had one out in the garden, but no such luck.
    Since we told them we had been to Duxford, they suggested we might like the Shuttleworth collection. So, only a few miles away, and no particular plan, off we went!

    more WW 1 stuff. that little prop on the left-forward strut drives a pump to pressurize the fuel system. pretty ingenious I thought.

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    neat thing about Shuttleworth is everything flies, or is in the process of being made ready to fly. No garage queens here!

    then it's south and east towards London

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    tomorrow we drop the bikes early morning, and get ready to fly home.

    I think Joe's ready

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    :freaky
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  12. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Comet mebbe :dunno

    If so...it looks in better nick than mine :D

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  13. 907Duc

    907Duc ducatisti

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    very good holiday it seems :freaky
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  14. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    so just to wrap it up....

    our route:

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    We did about 1400 miles, which, in the North American sense of things, could be a long weekend, we did it in about 7.5 days of riding.

    We really enjoyed the roads, and talking to people we met along the way. The beer was good & the food was good too. The cost of living seems very high in the UK though. Pretty much whatever we would pay in dollars, they pay in pounds. Lodging seemed more expensive than Europe, and gas was also more expensive than Europe.

    The bike rental place was pretty good, close to the airport, and less expensive than the places I looked at in Europe. They are called Raceways and have two locations in London.

    So, was it the Alps? no, of course not. But if was very good riding, and I am glad I have done it. I think southern Italy may be next on the list. Or will it be Spain.. and Morocco? So many places to ride, so little money :D
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  15. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Very, very nice!

    :clap

    I used to have an MG in British racing green just like the one in your pics.

    I'm homesick...

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  16. bonzodg

    bonzodg 24/7 B-road hooner

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    What a bloody good writeup.


    I well enjoyed your trip.

    I am a jammy sod having all this within a days ride!

    Good luck.
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  17. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    I actually thought the Yorkshire Dales was the very best part of the trip!
    If I lived there, I would be up there ever chance I got!
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  18. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Yorkshire's nice and all but the trouble is, it's full of Yorkshireman.....






















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  19. philsb

    philsb Gentleman of Leisure

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    I'm pleased that you enjoyed your England trip, you seem to have covered some of the nicest areas of the country.
    The Lake District is my favourite part of the country. It's a pity you didn't try Hardnot Pass, it's a very steep pass with tight hairpins. It's a beautiful area but very touristy.
    I live in the Middle of your tour (sort of) and can go west into Derbyshire, east into Lincolnshire (Mayflower Pilgrim area), north-east towards Whitby and the North-York Moors or northish to the Yorkshire Dales. There are plenty of good day runs.
    Yorkshire full of Yorkshiremen!! You bet your life! We feel quite sorry for all the other English folks that weren't fortunate enough to be born in Yorkshire (God's own county), particularly those from Lancashire:D. It's an inverted snobbery thing, meant in jest of course:rofl
    It's pricey here sure enough, petrol has just gone up and is now £1.27 per litre, diesel £1.30 . Times is 'ard here in blighty,and getting harder:puke1

    Best regards
    Phil - a Yorkie or Tyke.
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  20. PhilCoaster

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    Looks like a Monkey Puzzle Tree to me.
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