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Old 09-25-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Croeso i Cymru (Welcome to Wales)

I'd like to introduce you to SC. He's a gentleman I met on the ferry to Dover.We strapped our bikes down, and I noticed his UK licenceplate. And the vintage bike he was on. And the fact of him being a bit vintage himself. So I asked him in my friendliest way if I could have a pic of him and his bike. Being a vintage gentleman, he even posed for me. It looked like this:


We had a little chat, and it turned out he was on his way home from Greece. On this bike. Then he gave me some numbers. SC is 81 years young. He bought the motorcycle new, in 1955. Since that time, he put over 1.000.000 km on the clocks, mainly touring the south of Europe, as he's organising guided bike trips for 25 years now. From May 'till September, he's on the road for about 9 weeks. And he's twice my age. Respect I say.
(unfortunately, it looks like his website is down. I'll check again later)

After this, I had a real good feeling about this trip I was going for. The ferry started his mechanical shivers, and I was a little worried about the crossing, didn't want to get off sick, so I went outdoors to get some fresh air.

Goodbye France


Hello white cliffs


All went well, S.C. and I said goodbye, all clocks and the navsat were set at GMT, and I left Dover for my 470km trip to RobbieC, who invited me to crash at his place.

Getting hungry, I had y break at Capel-le-Ferne, and paid a little visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial, dedicated to the brave youngsters who stood up against the German attempts to invade the UK during WWII.


On the road again, heading for Herefordshire. No more events, I had to cover miles, just a short break now and then.

East of Petersfield


Finally, around six in the evening, I got close to Robbie's, and encountered this.

A flooded road in a small village, reminding me of the heavy rains over Wales the last few weeks. The muddy puddle was bravely crossed, and I was warmly welcomed by Robbie, who I had never met before, but was so kind to offer me a place to stay when enquiring about Wales on ADV a few weeks earlier. Thanks mate, call me whenever you need a bed in Belgium.

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Old 09-25-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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After unloading the bike, I got into something more appropriate to meet Emsy downtown, and have a taste of Lager in their favourite pub.If I ever move house to Hereford, I'm sure it will be my favourite place as well. And the wilde blonde Jan can be my decorator.

Anyway, on Sundaymorning, Emsy made us a full option breakfast, but decided her crash-helmet wouldn't fit today, so Robbie and I took off for an excelent day of exploring tracks and greenlanes.

Noo, we used the bridge






Much later that day, we kind of forgot to clean them at the petrolstation. When we left, the cops on sunday-duty followed and pulled us over.
- Do you know why we pulled you over?
- 'cause he's from Belgium and you don't like Belgians?
- No
- Licenseplates?
- Yes.
Lectured us, told his partner to stop tapping his little computer, told us to clean the plates, and to ride safe. They left.
and on we went
I like the British sense of humour

Pembridge, Pumpy's favourite


It can happen to anyone


struggle with gate n17, and on to some greenlaning


Somewhere, we must have slipped over Offa's Dyke: Croeso I Cymru


I wonder if there's a legend about this tree




Could be a prince


More British humor? no more speed limits, with 4 gates ahead


Black Yat









Back on the road. for half an hour of nice twistys back to Emsy and her lovely cooking. Tomorrow I'm heading south. Thank you for the hospitality
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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Great report & photo's - keep it coming!
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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Nice one. Hope I'm still riding when I get to SC'S age.
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Old 09-25-2008, 10:10 PM   #5
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If I get to reach SC's young age,
(19 more years to go), would my
bike be still around?, just like his?


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Old 09-25-2008, 10:12 PM   #6
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Wow!

A real Vincent.

(There may be snow on the roof - But there's fire inside.)

S.C. must be quite a guy!
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:44 AM   #7
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I wanna be like SC when I grow up, nah don't want to grow up, but I still want to be like SC. Good report
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:03 PM   #8
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due south

Robbie and Emmsy had to go to work on monday, so they left me a key. We would meet again next weekend. I took my time packing, and left around ten heading south into Wales. No real plan, just a few places on the list I wanted to visit, and the goal for today: Cupid Stunts place, a few miles south of the Brecon Beacons National Parc.

On my way to Monmouth, using the navsat as a compass, I ended up on 'roads' like this.


Monmouth, The 13th century Gatehouse


Tintern Abbey

Not as impressive as I had hoped, but it was a nice ride

Wonderfull forest road out of Tintern


'cross country to Usk


Usk Castle is a bit of a surprise. A medieval castle is not supposed to look like this. It probably didn't, in the 400 years of conflicts since it was build in 1135. Then it was forgotten, untill the present owners purchased it for 525 in 1933. They gave it a romantic look.










Southern part of Gospel Pass, going over the Black Mountains to Hay-on-Wey

After a dozen miles on this narrow twisty road, there's more ruins:
Llantony Priory.


It must be the remote setting and the fact that the walls have crumbled down a bit more, but this one has more appeal to me than Tintern Abbey




Back to modern times


to make a call to the other side...

of the road

Out of the woods, no more villages


On top of Gospel Pass



Stunning landscapes


Civilisation again. Hay-on-Wey, world capital of the second-hand bookstores.







Must be cool to go looking for good stuff here, and have some spare room in the panniers to take the treasures home.

Time to hit the A40 and the A4067, and meet Cupid Stunt. He had a surprise waiting for me.
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Old 09-29-2008, 06:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the ride through Wales

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Old 09-30-2008, 08:34 AM   #10
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Nice pictures, Bert--looks like a great trip.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:45 AM   #11
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subscribed. great shots. is this the rainy season ... looks very wet right now
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:48 AM   #12
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It's pretty much always the rainy season in Wales, it's why everything is so green and pretty!
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:10 AM   #13
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subscribed. great shots. is this the rainy season ... looks very wet right now
no.... it was actually 1 of the 2 weeks the sun came out this year
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Old 09-30-2008, 09:15 AM   #14
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Nice report, Bert, and beautiful pictures of a lovely country.

I might add one or two photos when it seems appropriate...

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Old 09-30-2008, 11:05 AM   #15
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Beautiful scenery and great report... I'm staying tuned for this one :)
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