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Old 09-15-2013, 01:07 PM   #16
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Very cool.

Am I the only one expecting John Cleese to pop his head up over the side?


There is definably a trip on the cards for next summer to visit all of the Holy Grail castles in Scotland
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #17
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I managed another trip out today, up to rothbury, and the coquet valley. My little bike isnt too font of the A1 I had to ride up for he first 15 miles or so, where there is a very liberal interpretation of the speed limit, but once the roads became more twisty, it was a lot more fun.



I travelled along past simonside,


And headed towards the cheviot hills in the distance.



And kept going as the roads get less road like, and more track like. Eventually turning back not far from here



Heading back via the humorously named Tosson Tower, a fortified house to keep away the pesky Scottish.



This helmet makes me look very serious.





The return route had an 'unsuitable for large vehicles' sign which looked promising, and didn't disappoint.



Much more interesting than dodging trucks on the A1

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Old 09-29-2013, 02:13 PM   #18
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I headed out of my usual stomping grounds of Northumberland,and headed down to the North Yorkshire moors.


There were miles of sweeping single lane roads, and I turned down the a little lane to this view



The area is criss crossed with lanes



And even more views

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Old 09-29-2013, 02:28 PM   #19
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great pics...and all in my home stomping grounds, nice bike too, perfect for exploring trails

feel free to call in for coffee if near Stannington...(NE61 6EB) cant miss it, theres only me there
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:55 AM   #20
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Up to newcastle tomorrow to visit my old man but I do like riding round Northumberland when I get chance
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:16 PM   #21
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you on here as well.............
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:48 PM   #22
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Managed another trip down to North Yorkshire today. Wasn't expecting any more good weather days this year, but there was a steam train gala on, so headed down with the camera.



A few trails managed to get the bike looking filthy



Tornado - The newest mainline steam locomotive. Built only a few years ago.



Hogwarts station

And the best way to clean your bike once its dirty.



I had to ride back through again once I'd picked up my camera. The guy on the bridge was looking at me like I was a little mental

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Old 10-05-2013, 06:17 PM   #23
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A great start so far. Holy Island is really worth a visit but don't forget St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay....not a castle but scenic.
As someone said on this site "there is no such thing as bad weather,just bad gear". Good luck with the test.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:48 AM   #24
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Great pictures and great country. You are lucky to have so many interesting destinations within easy reach. Stay safe, and as others have said, don't look upon rain as an adversary - just an inevitability. One can learn to enjoy the rain too.

I'm glad I learned to ride on the greasy, oily, wet roads of the UK - it is good training.

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Old 10-06-2013, 04:53 AM   #25
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Very nice, I don't get up to Northumberland nearly as often as I should.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:24 AM   #26
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Nice reports.

You're not far up the road from me. (Seaton Delaval)

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:45 AM   #27
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These Belong to my ForeFathers

Tell them it's OK, Earl of Surrey, De Warren sent you, let you in, you're there to claim back his heirs property, with your sword in hand. Many castle pics before and after. http://www.warrenfamilyhistory.com/D...%20England.htm

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Old 10-06-2013, 03:39 PM   #28
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reminds me of a story........friend of mine was riding off road in the England/Scottish border region....he was stopped by a very irate landowner who proceeded to tell him the land had been in his family 100's of years....well how did he get it my friend asked......he fought for it , was the reply.......ok..my friend said........get your coat off..........
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reminds me of a story........friend of mine was riding off road in the England/Scottish border region....he was stopped by a very irate landowner who proceeded to tell him the land had been in his family 100's of years....well how did he get it my friend asked......he fought for it , was the reply.......ok..my friend said........get your coat off..........
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:31 PM   #30
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Nice report and pics.I love the idea of a small displacement bike for just having fun on.
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