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Old 07-09-2010, 06:37 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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Old 07-09-2010, 06:49 AM   #2
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:44 AM   #3
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day two.....
another really nice day, no rain in sight, not too warm... gotta love it

I went for a walk before breakfast along the "sort of old road" (about 300 years old, as opposed to the Roman road which was off in the woods & much older).

these guys were making all kinds of noise.. hungry I suppose



number 3 & number 4



(number 1 & 2 had ended up at the breakfast table last year)

our first night accommodation



the local church



and BREAKFAST!



at breakfast we met an interesting couple and out of the blue the wife asks "have you watched the new battlestar?" and then "who does he look like?" pointing at her husband.... turns out they are the mum & dad of James Callis, which I found interesting (and the son does look like dad as well).

we headed south towards Dorchester to hit a bank, and then on to Weymouth. I was going to try and swing past Hardy's Monument,



but took a wrong turn. I think our host was impressed I knew who Hardy was , ah well, next time.

on down to the coast



and along the coast road past Abbotsbury









captions?



more of the coast



and this looney behind me



BMW powered... says he has one w/ a Guzzi engine too





got Joe an appropriate energy drink....



tastes like crap.. we stuck to Red Bull after that

we went to the Salisbury Plain, and saw Stonehenge









we then pointed ourselves north again, and ended up at the gateway to the Cotswolds.. literally in the town of Burford.

some beer, some diner, and a walk about town, and we were done.
only 160 miles more... and just like the day before, it seemed like more
ah well, lets flip the TV on and see some local shows



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Old 07-09-2010, 12:32 PM   #4
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get your butt back down SW England and buy me a beer

I'll show you some good biking roads - about 200 miles worth

Local pub-B&B is 25 a night

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Old 07-09-2010, 12:39 PM   #5
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Find some hippies, theres usually a few bus loads within walking distance of Stonehenge. They'll point you in the right direction and do a nice cup of tea.

This guy is a new hero of mine:

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Old 07-09-2010, 12:51 PM   #6
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got Joe an appropriate energy drink....



tastes like crap.. we stuck to Red Bull after that
<------- Shoulda stopped in to say hi

Nice little coast road from Weymouth to Bridport, isn't it. You probably rode straight past my uncle's cafe in Beaminster to get to Yeovil too
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:31 PM   #7
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<------- Shoulda stopped in to say hi

Nice little coast road from Weymouth to Bridport, isn't it. You probably rode straight past my uncle's cafe in Beaminster to get to Yeovil too
I think that gas stop WAS Yeovil!
ah well....

great countryside
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got Joe an appropriate energy drink....



tastes like crap.. we stuck to Red Bull after that


You should've flipped it over!!! The other side tastes much better !
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Lookin good so far, well the pics are, you guys not so much,.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:23 PM   #11
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so, day three
we had taken a wander around Burford, lovely English village,









and then being Triumph riders, and seeing Hinckley isn't far away, we figured we'd go the the plant & check it out. Surely they'd have a souvineer shop or something right?.....



um.. that'd be "no". ah well, they are starting to figure out branding etc, but have a long way to go to catch up with other manufacturers. You can get within about a 1/4 mile of the plant....

anyway, off to Matlock Bath & the beginning of the Peak District



we headed into the District pointed at the Cat & Fiddle













we get there...



and it seems quiet... too quiet



"unable to open today"

bugger!

ah well, got the evidence picture anyway...



... to be continued....
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:45 PM   #12
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I was enjoying the safety campaign signs, didn't get a snap of one, but essentially they were like this:



and this



well, since the Cat & Fiddle was a bust, we looked at the map, and decided to keep on the way north.











We skirted Manchester, and headed towards the Yorkshire Dales. When we were rolling through Gisburn, we spotted the "food & lodging" sign and pulled in.



Hit the jackpot with a great little pub, and real ales. Nice room and friendly people. One of the pub owners took us downstairs to see what's involved with cask ales, and it was quite interesting. Really nice night in Gisburn!

coolest thing was they had only just reopened:


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Gisburn's White Bull pub reopens

Published Date: 18 June 2010
GISBURN'S only pub, The White Bull, has reopened after being closed for just over two months.

The pub, owned by Scottish and Newcastle Pub Company, has been taken over by new licensees Alex Jardine, who hails from Surrey, and Yorkshire-born Barry Jones and his wife, Julie.

The local community has already got behind the trio and the night before the pub reopened villagers re-planted all its window boxes and hanging baskets to welcome them to the village.

The new licensees have introduced a large selection of real ales into the pub, and food is served all day every day. The trio also plan to introduce live music events and pub quizzes.
end of day three, 214 miles behind us, not too much highway, and the Peak District was really lovely.

I think I am wearing my wingman out...

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Old 07-10-2010, 07:14 PM   #13
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Touring the old word can't be beat, be it the UK or the Continent.. thanks for the report and the great pics

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more more..........great pics.....
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day four
bit of rain overnight, but the morning is sunny.



gotta start w/ a good breakfast!



bar at the White Bull apr鋊 drinks



heading north into the Yorkshire Dales









we stopped in Horton In Ribblesdale to get another sweater on.. getting a bit chilly climbing







carrying on up



great roads



and great views









one guy with a quad, three dogs, and about a billion sheep... no problem



highest pub in the UK







made me laugh...



ok, time to roll, north & west to the Lake District....except I went east and a bit south







zoomed in a bit, check the % drop.... that was a smallish one, generally we saw a lot of 20%!


for Merc



heading into the Lake District



to be continued....
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