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Old 03-28-2011, 04:12 AM   #1
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Another day in Paradise

After a fairly long ride to the UK's Lake District area yesterday, around Kendal - to meet up with a friend Peter and his partner, Linda...............I fancied an afternoon out a bit closer to home

So...............an early lunch and out on the XChallenge, my aim was to ride from Thirsk, in and around the A170 towards Pickering.............never straying more than a few miles from the main A road

I wanted to seek out some pretty villages, basking in spring sunshine and a few trails to spice it up, within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Starting off from Thirsk, this trail is only a few hundred yards from the A road.....yet could be a million miles away and hardly anyone knows of its presence



Now crossing over towards the pretty village of Boltby



Splendid view



Back across to Kilburn.................and Yorkshire's famous White Horse





Unsuitable...................we''ll see



Halfway up is a bench, with an obligatory view for all to see





This is a lovely trail, that leads to a secret folly or chapel to the WW2 dead & fallen



John Bunting - a famous 20th Century sculptor, built this chapel





Here's some history about him

http://www.johnbunting.co.uk/index.html

Some info specific to the chapel................well worth a walk up

http://www.johnbunting.co.uk/memorial.html

Onwards toward the village of Rievaulx, another trail with a beautiful old stone bridge...............another architectural find and now forgotten.... from a bygone transport age







Then a quick refreshment break @ Helmsley amongst the sports bikers..........how much have they missed by staying purely on the tarmac

A few trails in and around Kirkbymoorside and then through Lastingham to Pickering, finishing with this old drovers road





Lovely afternoon of pootling, not 30 miles from home at the most..... on a great motorbike to explore all those lost and hidden roads....................can't beat it
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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Not often i miss what was home.......but you made me i'll just have to put up with this!!!!!
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Cheers Moon ............how's things up north ? got all 3 THONGS on down here I can't figure out how to add pics to a reply on a post !!!!! but i'll try this

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Old 03-29-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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Not often i miss what was home.......but you made me i'll just have to put up with this!!!!!
Re: DR 250 playing

Cheers Moon ............how's things up north ? got all 3 THONGS on down here I can't figure out how to add pics to a reply on a post !!!!! but i'll try this


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I,M HERE FOR A GOOD TIME NOT A LONG TIME
Good one Phil..................france is good too
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:21 PM   #4
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It sure looks that way.. the sun's shining and the pastures are nice and green
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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Cheers Johnny
How do find the X ???? weight and hight ??? i'm only 5' 8' and 12st pizz wet through my DRs got me on the balls of me feet but it's as light as a feather!!!
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Cheers Johnny
How do find the X ???? weight and hight ??? i'm only 5' 8' and 12st pizz wet through my DRs got me on the balls of me feet but it's as light as a feather!!!
Cheers Phil
I'm 6'2 and 17 st so find it ok................although it's very tall at rest, 40" seat on the sidestand, but sinks once on it

It'd be better with a normal rear shock

150kg fuelled, so not as light as a DRZ

Plenty of power - 53bhp

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:11 AM   #7
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I knew i should have hung on to my PLATFORMS
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