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Old 04-11-2012, 10:30 AM   #16
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That reminds me so much of my Wales. Great photos. Haven`t been back to Cornwall for many many years. Been too long since I`ve been back to Wales too.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:56 AM   #17
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Sennen Cove is lovely on a good day and a much better place to stop if you want a bite to eat etc than Lands End.

The only reason you want to go to Lands End is to see the edge of the country.



And yes people, I got soaked just after getting the shot below. Fast movement on wet rocks in motorbike boots just doesn't work.....





So now wet and thoroughly regretting my decision to take that last photo I walked, squelching back to my bike, shaking my head in despair.

Next stop, end of the country
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:27 AM   #18
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And here it is!

I know the Africa Twin has a reputation to go on and on but I doubt at this point without some serious modifications I can go any further...



Views from Lands End looking back the way I had come that day to the right



To the left



And straight ahead towards New York



Whenever I'm at Lands End I can't help but have a moment of reflection. When I'm looking out from the edge of the country at nothing but an expanse of sea, at that view, it is a moment of clarity that hits you like a brick. It's a realisation you only have when faced with such an open space, a realisation that the world you see every day and live in is such a small part of the world around us.

For me that's what motorbiking is all about, trying to make that world a little smaller and grinning like an idiot while doing it.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:09 PM   #19
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Have you considered fitting the wading kit?
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:57 AM   #20
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Have you considered fitting the wading kit?
Think it may need a little more, is there an amphibious kit?

the First and Last House




At this point I decided I had reached my intended destination and a blast home would be just the thing to finish the day off with a smile on my face.

But I remembered a part of the coastline that is still in need of an exploration and a photo....
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:26 AM   #21
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My stop on the return journey was one I desperately wanted to make.

Anyone who quickly searches the internet for Cornwall will come across an image of this location at one point.

I needed to explore properly

Botallack Mine was a group of mines but the image of the Crown Engine Houses below is the most photographed Engine Houses in Cornwall and you can see why.

Clinging to the side of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the larger building on the left was built in 1835 and weighs approximately 1200 tons, all brought down the side of a cliff. The second building was built in 1860.

These for me are a photographic representation of the Cornish spirit and of the human pioneering spirit.

In our modern times with our technological advances and machinery it would be doubtful these would be built nor the mines themselves which stretched 2.5 kms out to sea would be deemed safe or viable but without hesitation these were and made an industry that supported a community.

Proof that no problem is impossible to overcome.

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Old 04-12-2012, 04:42 AM   #22
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Great pictures,
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:16 AM   #23
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Great pictures,
Thanks so much.

So a bit closer investigation of the area I found this small headland and rather ropey looking path. It definately required me to be sat on it



Once on the path my view to the left



And to the right

no time for a fear of heights



But when I got there what a view



I sat for while taking in this view, the waves crashing into the cliffs below. With every wave another worry or problem washed away with it into insignificance.

I've always considered riding as fuel for the soul, the ability to get away from everything and free your mind. If ever there was a moment that cemented in your mind your reason for doing something it was now.

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After a short time of contemplation and relaxation I decided I had to explore the Engine Houses I could see down on the side of the cliff



It was fantastic



That said to get behind them for these shots you quite literally stood on a 12 inch wide path of slippery mud with a 100ft drop.

You can climb all around these safely, just not in motorbike boots, if you go (I highly recommend you do) take a pair of walking boots or similar to change into and you can get the most out of this fantastic location.

Having lunch on the wall on the engine house is highly recommended.

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:14 AM   #25
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Back to the bike for a blast back into St.Ives as the sun breaks through



The perfect view ahead

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:52 AM   #26
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Very cool pics of the motherland, living in Colorado where most the mines are Gold/Silver I was wondering what the main minerals they were after?
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:29 PM   #27
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Great pics, love Cornwall. I'll start saving for a pasty now for next time I'm down there.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:19 PM   #28
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:34 PM   #29
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:08 PM   #30
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Very cool pics of the motherland, living in Colorado where most the mines are Gold/Silver I was wondering what the main minerals they were after?
I was thinking it was tin, but I'm not positive about that.

Great pics, and history, another part of the world I'd really like to see. Amazing how they lived and mined back then, a lot of mining innovation came from Cornwall. Thanks for posting your ride.
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