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Old 07-09-2010, 05:37 AM   #1
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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!

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



hmmm



skeptical



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







"Jap" bikes... made me laugh



two wheel drive



prosciutto slicer!







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



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



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
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