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Old 04-11-2007, 01:39 AM   #16
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Great report, as usual!

I did the Cat and Fiddle road (and pub) near Buxton over Xmas (on 4 wheels)....

Rgds from Oz.
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:56 AM   #17
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Sunday 8th April 2007 – Easter Sunday

– Darwin must’ve been staring at them in their mirrors, had they looked…
Another MikeO classic
Good to see you this side of the pond again.
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Old 04-11-2007, 06:29 AM   #18
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Excellent, as usual MikeO. Stay away from any beans refered to as "Bile" I'm not keeping up; I thought you were joining us "Colonists"
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:51 AM   #19
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A good day riding, ending with a fine meal and evening with good friends....life is good.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:56 AM   #20
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Monday 9th April 2007 – Easter Monday

The day dawns a little greyer. I wake just after the sun rises, then realise it’s far too early and go back to sleep.

Easter weekend is a huge Bank (Public) Holiday – with Good Friday and Easter Monday turning it into a 4 day break – the good weather this April will probably make it one of the busiest on the roads this year…

Ignoring the thumping in my head as last night’s Pinot Noir tries to escape, I have some toast and help Jane make lunch.

Well, watching is sort of helping, isn’t it?



She’s making Cullen Skink, a traditional Scottish fish soup…

It smells great, but I have to get back to Norfolk – I’m back at work tomorrow…



There’s just time for Jane to force a very reluctant Lucy to have a sit (spellchecked) on my bike, then I say my goodbyes. Catastrophically I forget to pick up my free bag of chocs…

Ah well…



I ride east, past some old derelict farm buildings and towards the M6. This time I cross it and start heading east along the A69…



Believe it or not, this is the main road between Newcastle Upon Tyne and Carlisle…



…but I soon turn off left and get on the B6318, which broadly speaking parallels the A69 to the north. It is a Roman road, running on the south side of the wall that the Emperor Hadrian had built, starting in 122 AD. You can read more about its history here.

There are many well preserved and restored parts of the wall – but none, alas, within Canon S80 range of the road, and I have to press on. You are, however, constantly aware of the earthworks which run along the roadside…



…an amazing feat of engineering completed nearly two thousand years ago.

The weather’s still mild, though the sun’s hidden above a layer of stratus…



Ignoring Bettie for a while, I head north and wander about some of the minor lanes, eventually ending up in the small town of Wark…



…which has an excellent, but very narrow, bridge.

I press east and soon intercept my old friend the A68 – one of my favourite A class roads – and start heading south east towards home.



The weather forecast suggests there may be some rain later, but that it’ll hit the UK from the west, so I’m planning on keeping to the east side of the country as I head back towards Norfolk.

I’m all too soon spat out onto the dual carriageway hell that is the A1. In fairness, it’s surprisingly quiet, so I’m lulled into a false sense of security and pull into Scotch Corner Services for something to eat and to refuel…



I manage to get fed in the very busy restaurant, but refuse to entertain the idea of being 4th in line for petrol…

I rejoin the A1 and find a quieter petrol station about 20 miles south.

Eventually I join the M62, then the M18 and finally the M180 as I press east across the south bank of the Humber estuary…



…and then I’m back on one of my favourite roads, the Caister High Street…



…where I have a somewhat spirited ride south towards the distant A17…



I join the A17 at the splendidly named Swineshead and plod my routine way home…



I arrive back at John’s house (where the bike is garaged) at about 1830, get changed, then drive the Audi back to my rented cottage and stand under the shower for long time.

A great visit with some special friends and a good two day’s riding…



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Old 04-11-2007, 05:11 PM   #21
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Good to see you out riding again! How are you feeling, all healed? Keep the rubber side down.
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:34 PM   #22
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Mike, just how directionally challenged are you? I see two compasses in this picture!
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:54 PM   #23
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Mike, just how directionally challenged are you? I see two compasses in this picture!
You ride with that eyesight? I see a compass and a thermometer...

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Old 04-15-2007, 07:42 AM   #24
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Some answers...

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Oh my...she looks CLEAN...
Not for long...

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I thought you'd emigrated to America, lad.
Rumours of my emigration have been greatly exaggerated...

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Mike,

I trust you healed up well.
Yes thanks (almost) as good as new...

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Enjoyed that - thanks!
Maybe try the breakfast at the Farm Cafe next time I'm in south lincolnshire - where exactly is it?
It's on the A17 just east of Sutton Bridge - on the right hand side of the road, if you're heading away from Kings Lynn...
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:14 AM   #25
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OK, Mike.

I had to look up what a Bacon Sarnie is...OMG!!

Heart attack on a plate!!!

It's nice to see a ride report from some place I'll
probably never get to see...
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Old 04-15-2007, 08:27 AM   #26
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…the Farmhouse Breakfast. As recommended by the British Heart Foundation…
Oh boy......




I sure miss those


PS NEVER sell your 1150 Adventure, they still rule for the big trips

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Old 04-15-2007, 08:31 AM   #27
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PS NEVER sell your 1150 Adventure, they still rule for the big trips
Like anybody'd buy it...
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:17 PM   #28
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You ride with that eyesight? I see a compass and a thermometer...

Mike
A compass AND a GPS.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:28 PM   #29
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top notch as usual!!!!


How long are you going to ride that gs? I can see you riding a triumph tiger!
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:50 PM   #30
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A compass AND a GPS.
Compass can't blow a fuse...

OK - Bling - so sue me

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top notch as usual!!!!


How long are you going to ride that gs? I can see you riding a triumph tiger!
You can only be so patriotic - before it becomes madness...
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