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Old 05-27-2015, 08:12 AM   #1
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Lands' End. UK 5 Day road trip. Lotsa Pics

Day 1. Ride to National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Meeting Frank at the Nosh and Breks cafe in Macclesfield at the bottom of the Cat 'N' Fiddle Road. 3 will become 11 riders we will meet along the way.

Waiting for Col at our usual petrol station in Flixton.

Spotted this in Chelford

Frank was already here.

On the way to join the M6 Motorway at JCT16

Loads of roadworks

On the M6 Toll

We arrived at the Museum and Frank had a rest leaning on a proper bike.(He rides a TMAX)

Some Germans in the car parkof the Museum. - Don't mention the War.

And us

Col and Frank.

When we got inside the Museum we were surprised how many bikes were in there (Never been before). I took several Hundred Pictures so I'll not post all of them here.

We had a good few hours at the Museum then made our way to the Hotel In Balsall common. Frank and Col had a bit of a scare when they went into their room there was only a double bed! Quickly swapped to a twin room though!

We have a good feed and had several beers in the Adjacent pub.
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:31 AM   #2
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Thumb I love UK stuff

I live there after all
Keep the RR rolling guys, good photos
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:55 AM   #3
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Day 2

We met Al, Steve, Liam and Andy the next morning back at the Museum Car park.

On the way to Stonehenge via the Foss Way etc.

Lot's of Bank Holiday Traffic

On the way, Andy had the first of his technical issues. His rear panel was almost lost when the plastic rivets fell out. Col spotted it and waived him down. We soon had him back on the road with cable ties and duct tape.

We had to catch up the others who were waiting a few miles down the road.

When we got there Al was having another rest break.

More great roads.

And lot's of filtering (for some of us anyway)


The services that Alan had arranged for us to visit had closed down about 50 years ago. So we had to have a Burger King in town. Then back on the road heading over Salisbury Plain.

Heading into Devizes

On the way to Stonehenge

Look out for Tanks

We arrive at Stonehenge. But we couldn't see it. They have closed the road several miles away from the Stones and you have to pay 20 to get on a Bus to see it. So me, Col, Liam and Steve didn't want to come all this way and not get a Photo. We headed offroad and got a few pictures :-)

Now we had the long slog down the A303 to the next meeting point.

Steve getting fuel again. He Does this every 80 miles or so!

And again !

We had another stop and then made our way to Princetwon and the Fox Tor Bunkhouse. Had a good feed in the Plume of Feathers and Sampled one or two of their beverages. :-)

This is the Bunkhouse at the Fox Tor.

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Old 05-29-2015, 06:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your RR.
Recognise quite a few bits so far.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:24 AM   #5
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Day 3.

Today we will ride down to Lands End. We wake up Early - 0530 Early! The good weather has given way to Fog and Drizzle. the temperature has dropped to about 11c and It's definitely not ideal riding weather. We don't have time to reschedule so we're going for it anyway.

Steve is Smiling anyway

Frank decides he would rather stay at the Bunkhouse and watch the Monte Carlo F1 on the telly.

I load up and I'm glad I just added some more lighting.


Glad I brought my Fog City Pinlock and clear visor.

On Dartmoor the visibility is down to a few metres in places.

Crossing the Tamar into Cornwall

Italian Bike with Italian plates.

Stopping for Fuel for Steve again....

Waiting for the others to catch up with Uncle nob head and Steve



We're getting close now.

Arrived but you can't see the sea.

Murph's helmet...

As we were doing this ride for Charity (The Air Ambulance service), they let us ride our bikes round to the famous 'Lands End' Sign. Very generous.... They only Charged us 20 for the privilege!

We waited our turn and watched the other visitors pay for the privilege of taking a picture.

Then it was our turn.

I took this one...

Then I handed my camera to some tourist so he could get me in the picture as well. Oh, how we all laughed as Alan shouted 'he's robbing your fookin camera!

This sign made me laugh...

Then the fog cleared just enough to see the sea..

Then we headed off to see St Michaels' mount, and stopped for Fuel for Steve - again!

There it is

You can walk over at Low Tide

Still pissing down

At This point we split into 2 groups. There was Rodger, Murph, Liam, Alan, and Lyn who headed back to the Bunkhouse (100 miles or so) for their usual afternoon nap at their age. And then Me, Col, Steve and Andy the Hardcore riders headed off to the west coast for a look at Padstow and Port Isaac. :-)

It was really pissing down now, but it was worth it.

Port Isaac is Featured in the TV program 'Doc Martin'. AKA Port Wenn.

The streets are tiny!

In the program this is the Chemist run by Mrs Tischell

Doc Martins 'house'

We had a nice coffee here at 'Berts' restaurant.

Still raining as we headed back to Princetown. Steve had another Fuel Emergency and i had to find an open Petrol station with the the satnav.

But there was a glimpse of sunshine between the clouds and fog.

Crossing the River Tamar again

Back at the Bunkhouse it was another Evening in the Plume of Feathers. I had several 'Proper Jobs' and it was a good laugh.
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:36 PM   #6
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Proper Job = Proper Beer = really nice.
Well done!
Nice photies of all the rain and fog.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:32 AM   #7
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Day 4.

The weather looks promising at we get up another ungodly hour for no reason. It was so early we had to wait several hours before we could go and get breakfast!

Some of the group went home today as they had either had enough or had work etc.

We plan to go to Brixham and Dartmouth on the SE coast of the Peninsular today.

But first we need some Breakfast!

We were up so Early that we still need to kill some time, so me and Steve go for a little stroll round the village to take some pictures.

Dartmoor Prison

We finish that and head back ready to hit the road. Alan has an additional travel partner.

Lyn does his chain and lets me borrow a bit as well.

Everyone is assembled

Lets go.


Alan - again! he tells me that when you get to 50 never trust a fart or miss the chance to go for a piss.

Then we stop for a break and a walk along the Beach where the D-day Landings were practiced.

The Scenery was mostly fantastic!

But not always!

Brew time

back on the road.

Col trying to get a better view

Blackpool Sands

Waiting for the Ferry

On the Ferry


We found a Banksy!

Then on the way back to the Bunkhouse, Col spotted a bit of smoke on Andys' Burgervan. I was Electrical smoke we could smell it. We diverted to the shortest route back to the Bunk just in case it Died. It made it back, but only just. We then spent hours removing the tupperware and discovered the Reg/reg connection had been on fire. Luckily I was carrying some crimps and tape in my toolkit and managed to rig up a temp fix although due to the shortened cables it had to sit out on the grab handle mounts. Still it got him the 400 miles home so he could get it done properly.

Andy explaining his predicament to his SO.

More beer and steak that evening!

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Old 05-31-2015, 11:59 AM   #8
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Day 5

We woke up early again, but we found that Alan and Andy had already left. Leaving just the 3 of us. Me and Col had planned to ride back to Manchester up the A49 through the Welsh Borders to avoid the M5/M6. But that would have left Steve on his own who comes from Rotherham. So we rode up to the M5/M42 with him.

We did stop on Dartmoor to get some pictures of the wild Ponies on the way back. And rode round Exeter a few times looking for souvenirs for Family.

The fog and rain had returned this morning as well.

We stopped at Taunton services and had our pants pulled down for a Coffee and a Microwaved sandwich

Then it was back to the Mile Munching

The split level bit near Bristol.

We didn't get wet, but it was close a couple of times.

And that's it. I got home and pushed the bike the Garage. I didn't have the energy to wash it or Unpack. I had work the next morning so it will have to wait till weekend.

I later found out that everyone got home ok and Even the bodged Reg/Rec on Andy's Burgervan got him home.

Had a great time and got some good pictures and memories.

Where we going next?

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Old 06-01-2015, 12:59 PM   #9
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A little video.

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Old 06-01-2015, 06:48 PM   #10
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Great trip report. Loved all your pics and the video. Last time I was in that part of Britain was in 1988 and you could walk right up to Stonehenge with no cost involved. Good to see a group of mostly "old Farts" my age enjoying their bikes so much. Thanks for taking me along...Dave
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Nice one syntec, looks like a good do.
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Old 06-03-2015, 09:47 AM   #12
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Nice RR, makes me homesick, I spent 3 1/2 years in Scotland. That should be your next ride, through Scotland to John O'Groats.
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The story and pictures were very enjoyable. Good to get another little look at Port Isaac.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:57 PM   #14
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Nice report guys, looks like some typical english weather and lovely scenery.
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