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geg 07-09-2010 05:37 AM

wandering around England
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!

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

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

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



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

we arrived at the Sammy miller Museum to see these guys

and a ton of very cool machinery :thumb

"Jap" bikes... made me laugh

two wheel drive

prosciutto slicer!

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

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

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

we stopped here in Tolpuddle, Dorset

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

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

Mercury264 07-09-2010 05:49 AM


geg 07-09-2010 10:44 AM

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

number 3 & number 4

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

our first night accommodation

the local church


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,

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

and along the coast road past Abbotsbury


more of the coast

and this looney behind me

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

got Joe an appropriate energy drink....

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

we went to the Salisbury Plain, and saw Stonehenge

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


Bryn1203 07-09-2010 11:32 AM

geg & 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


Bongolia 07-09-2010 11:39 AM

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:

rallybug 07-09-2010 11:51 AM


Originally Posted by geg
got Joe an appropriate energy drink....

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

<------- 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

geg 07-09-2010 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by rallybug
<------- 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

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

great countryside

Ozz 07-09-2010 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by geg
got Joe an appropriate energy drink....

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

You should've flipped it over!!! The other side tastes much better ! :lol3

geg 07-09-2010 01:18 PM


Originally Posted by Ozz
You should've flipped it over!!! The other side tastes much better ! :lol3



E-man 07-09-2010 08:08 PM

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

geg 07-10-2010 11:23 AM

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

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?.....

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

we headed into the District pointed at the Cat & Fiddle

we get there...

and it seems quiet... too quiet

"unable to open today"


ah well, got the evidence picture anyway...

... to be continued....

geg 07-10-2010 11:45 AM

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

and this

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

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

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:


Gisburn's White Bull pub reopens

Published Date: 18 June 2010
GISBURN'S only pub, The White Bull, has reopened after being closed for just over two months.

The pub, owned by Scottish and Newcastle Pub Company, has been taken over by new licensees Alex Jardine, who hails from Surrey, and Yorkshire-born Barry Jones and his wife, Julie.

The local community has already got behind the trio and the night before the pub reopened villagers re-planted all its window boxes and hanging baskets to welcome them to the village.

The new licensees have introduced a large selection of real ales into the pub, and food is served all day every day. The trio also plan to introduce live music events and pub quizzes.
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...

GB 07-10-2010 06:14 PM

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


907Duc 07-10-2010 07:12 PM

more more..........great pics.....:freaky

geg 07-11-2010 03:22 PM

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

gotta start w/ a good breakfast!

bar at the White Bull aprs drinks

heading north into the Yorkshire Dales

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

carrying on up

great roads

and great views

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

highest pub in the UK

made me laugh...

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

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

heading into the Lake District

to be continued....

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