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PostPosted: 10:11 - 02 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Then it was Sheffield Park and Gardens. A massive park that's primarily large Rhododendron and ponds. Loved it.


Autumn is supposed to be the best time to visit Sheffield Park gardens.
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PostPosted: 20:22 - 02 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trip to the air show at Old Warden.
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PostPosted: 21:12 - 02 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kawasaki Jimbo wrote:
Trip to the air show at Old Warden.


Nice pictures.
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PostPosted: 21:12 - 09 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guildford to Basingstoke via some twisties. 80 miles

More knob twiddling on gixxer. Have found a balance that I'm mostly happy with.

Tylney Hall. A posh hotel with some RHS gardens......except not today, had to pay 5.


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Bomb shelter. Not the first time I've photographed a dark and dank passage.

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It was a quirky place, who's heyday was probably the late 80's.
It wasn't clinically perfect, was fairly rough around the edges. But it had a strange, eerie quality as well as being impossibly calm and relaxing.

Damn fine coffee and cream+jam scone too.
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PostPosted: 08:05 - 30 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stanhope today 29.06.2019 ..
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PostPosted: 22:33 - 01 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peak district to Lake Bala back. https://puu.sh/DNr5g.jpg
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PostPosted: 22:48 - 01 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ Well, I would rate it cool, wouldn't I Mr. Green
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PostPosted: 22:00 - 21 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

200 mile round trip to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at Fairford in Gloucestershire. Cool jets and helicopters, some STEM stuff and a cracking ride on the '03 R1. Dad Nav did the biz.
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PostPosted: 22:50 - 27 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

14-16th June Guildford to Norfolk (Holt) and back via Arry's place. 700 miles on Gixxer

It would have been further but I drank too much on the second night and threw my toys out the pram and went home.


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Visited David Silvers Museum

https://i.imgur.com/MXeU3Md.jpg


And the beach

https://i.imgur.com/QIGfsJI.jpg
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PostPosted: 23:02 - 27 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

23rd June. Guildford to Salisbury (Wilton House) 180 miles on Gixxer

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PostPosted: 01:39 - 28 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

29th June to 6th July, back to Norfolk (West side this time). 690 miles on Gixxer

Trip didn't start too well:

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It was too hot for me. Rode to the coast and tried various places to get cool. In the end, parked up outside Sandringham and used trees as shade. I tested the ground was solid and felt mostly happy it was.
Lay down next to bike and everything was fine for 10-15 minutes. Then the bike slowly sank sideways, I nearly caught it.

I spent 5 minutes huffing and puffing trying to lever it up (using the walking backwards into the bike technique amongst the swearing and sweating technique).
But the ground was on a slope and the sidestand was acting like a ground anchor.

As per Ted Simon's beliefs. Some kind soul took pity on this idiot and together we righted the bike.

Went to Hunstanton
https://i.imgur.com/1g4nY51.jpg


Took a train ride
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Walked round Felbrigg Hall
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Creake Abbey (nice cafe to the side)
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Holme Beach (not overly busy)
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Wells was crazy busy...
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Happisburgh Lighthouse
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East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens were fantastic
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Mannington Estate had nice tea and cake with a decent view
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PostPosted: 22:07 - 28 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

22nd July to 27th July - Guildford to Bishops Castle and then various places in Wales. 1,100 miles on Striple....some of which wasn't sideways Smile

Day 1 - Great to be on a bike that's easy to pack and easy to ride for hours.....except on motorways. Neck muscles required over 80.

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Bishops Castle. View from the tent was good.
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The 10 minute walk to one of 6 pubs was nice
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The town itself was a bit rustic in places, perhaps passed its best and probably suffering from second home / holiday home syndrome.
But it was (mostly) very friendly and had a proper community, everyone knows everyone vibe.
Although, this bell did trigger a neurotic episode because the bugger seemed to chime every 30 mins (all night and being on top of a hill, it seemed loud even with ear plugs) but would spend several hours in evenings, randomly going off. By the end of the week, I was ready to burn the whole town to the ground and kill anyone whos surname was Bell.
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Day 2 - Hot! Trawsfynydd, Tryweryn and Bala around Snowdonia National Park. Finishing at Aberdyfi (really liked it) a bit further north than Aberystwyth. A4212 was brilliant, A487 was excellent, A493 coastal road was fantastic!
That evening, we had torrential rain and lightening from midnight to 4am. Being on one of the highest points in Shropshire, it was an impressive light show, multiple strikes every 0.50 seconds.
The tent took a beating and was amazed it survived given the carnage the next morning as others hadn't faired so well.

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Day 3 - Plas Brondanw Gardens near Portmeirion. Then Bodnant Gardens near Conwy / Colwyn Bay. Again, after 1pm, very hot.
The A470 was several different beasts. It was a mini-Austria, with winding sections through the gorges, then it was Germany's Black Forest and then onto something more alpine.
Had a few flyovers by a pair of jet fighters (either on manoeuvrers or part of the Royal Welsh Show). Instantly felt like Tom Cruise riding his bike alongside the runway.

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Day 4 - 38c in much of the country. I decided to take a punt that walking around a large forest maybe might lose out on wind, but should provide some cover from the sun and avoided the usual temptation to head to the beach (only to get burnt).

The day started with a flat battery (had spent 6 hours charging a battery pack that I thought would drain 10,000ma and I thought that would be fine.....it wasn't). Couldn't bump it on the grass (even with my impressive MX skills) so scrounged some leads and a car from another camper and started the bike.

Coed y Brenin - Forest of Kings. There are hundreds of miles of walks to be done. But on this day, I did 3.5 miles and it took me 3 hours. Damn it was hot. Left bike gear on the bike and brought shoes + shorts to walk about it.
Several waterfalls, abandoned gold mine, various 150 year old buildings just about standing after floods in 2001.
Some of the small waterfalls provided a wonderful space to clamber into and get the cool air being pulled down by the falling water (as well as the water itself).
There was a meter wide opening in a cliff, an old entrance to a mine. On any other day it wouldn't really be noticed. But as I walked passed it was like walking into the freezer section of a supermarket. All around was 30c, except here was 15c. It was glorious and an easy place to stop for 15 minutes.

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You'd think BT would have found a suitable upright thing made of wood.

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Then rode to the Visitor Centre and had a nice Venison Burger.

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It was a very hot day and felt an achievement to have done anything except sweat buckets Smile

Day 5 - Dingle Garden and Nursery near Welshpool (very friendly people, really lovely). Then Powis Castle (kevlar jeans, boots, day 5 sweating buckets). Then Aberystwyth; the A44, even with the new 30mph bit which was a surprise and the crash barriers, still a stunning, brilliant road.

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Sure beats being harassed at lunch by pigeons or seagulls

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Summer Smile

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Summer ended. Had the best of it though.

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Day 6 - Headed home. It rained 2 minutes after I left for 4 hours solid. I didn't mind for the first hour, but it wore thin. Pruned feet and hands, freezing cold and a fogged visor (pinlock old or needs adjusting) on motorways with spray.
It had been an amazing week weather wise, so fairs fair.

Wales, still love you Smile

And my Street Triple. Absolutely brilliant! I couldn't help but bugger about with the suspension, trying to find that sweet spot where it dances effortlessly around the bends, and you're getting back on the gas almost as soon as you've come off it. In the corner and the rear is driving / squirming a little but the front doesn't feel like its being pushed / will wash out (unless overly ham fisted). Wonderful.

And Shropshire was very nice too. Definitely going back.

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PostPosted: 20:31 - 29 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started commuting by bike again. My employer relocated me some time ago so the old 20-mile, half roller-coaster B-road (although it is inexplicably classed as an A), half dual carriageway trip was replaced by an 8-mile car-crawl down the A1(M). Took the R1 today and filtered almost all the way. I like filtering but this was Meh! Awful unisex locker room too. I'll stick with it but commuting by bike used to be more practical and fun than this.

On the plus side I was spotted by colleagues who didn't know I was a Son of Anarchy so I must have gained some cool points, although if anyone asks I like to say I get the bus to work but they have no seat belts so I like my PPEs. I am the Bus Stig.
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PostPosted: 22:04 - 29 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple of days ago. Grasmoor:

https://i.postimg.cc/pLn76BgV/DSCN1232.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/Y0h8mr72/DSCN1233.jpg

Steeper than it looks, and bloody hard work:

https://i.postimg.cc/rwcnfLCj/DSCN1214.jpg

Rewarding views though:

https://i.postimg.cc/3RP9mMxg/DSCN1218.jpg

Thought I saw an easier path, so struggled through waist-high bracken and heather on a steep slope, unable to see my footing, to give it a try. Turns out it was even looser, and considerably steeper:

https://i.postimg.cc/LXzgCGVk/DSCN1219.jpg

Still nice views though:

https://i.postimg.cc/9FxRndyk/DSCN1224.jpg

But gave up; too hot, and was knackered by now. Going down was no easier.
Icy cold beck at the bottom again was a saviour for sore feet:

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On the way home:

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Topped off with an ice cream (huge Smile ) at Buttermere, and refreshing cuppa.

Felt connected to the planet again.
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PostPosted: 20:58 - 30 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:

Steeper than it looks, and bloody hard work:


Bloody hell that looks impossible!

Brilliant photo's!
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PostPosted: 21:27 - 30 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pigeon wrote:
chickenstrip wrote:

Steeper than it looks, and bloody hard work:


Bloody hell that looks impossible!

Brilliant photo's!


Imagine reaching the top and turning round to see some pikey loading the bike into his transit.
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PostPosted: 21:30 - 30 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to get out on Sunday for a couple of hours. Ended up doing a loop of Chew Valley Lake and tried to get lost for a bit on the way home.

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PostPosted: 21:33 - 30 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Imagine reaching the top and turning round to see some pikey loading the bike into his transit.


Funny you should say that; as I was descending, there was indeed a white van in the parking area and it worried me for a moment or two, but it soon left. No way I could have got down quick enough to do anything about it.

Maybe I'm taking a chance sometimes with my parking in the Lake District, but I don't think there's much crime like that there. One or two spots on main roads maybe, where I wouldn't chance leaving it.
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PostPosted: 21:38 - 30 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pigeon wrote:
chickenstrip wrote:

Steeper than it looks, and bloody hard work:


Bloody hell that looks impossible!


From the bottom, you could see a lighter coloured strip up the middle that looked like a path, but on getting up to it, it was all just a scree slope. Two steps forward, one slide back, hence hard work.

The steeper part was nigh on impossible to make progress on, hence giving up. Looked like it got even steeper towards the top too.
The day had turned into a bit of an unexpected adventure, but aren't those the best days? Smile Better than meditation Wink

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Brilliant photo's!


Likewise with yours Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 23:51 - 30 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

trevor saxe-coburg-gotha wrote:
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Idyllic!
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PostPosted: 10:05 - 31 Jul 2019    Post subject: Ace Cafe Luzern Switzerland Reply with quote

Ace Cafe Luzern... the stories about Switzerland bein expensive are true this stop was CHF 33.50 or 27 .. beautiful place though ..


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PostPosted: 21:19 - 31 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:

The day had turned into a bit of an unexpected adventure, but aren't those the best days? Smile Better than meditation Wink


As lame as it is, I find very little enjoyment in anything. It takes 3-4 hours into a walk before I'm happy to be there (if at all), or 3-4 days into a bike trip.
I can ride my bike for a day trip and sometimes might have enjoyed only 40 seconds of it.

Oddly though, I can enjoy nearly every meditation session if its over 15 minutes.

Although, in Wales last week, the A44 did bring tears of joy and doing new roads around Snowdon and Aberdyfi were enjoyable and definitely better than meditation Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 21:40 - 31 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pigeon wrote:
chickenstrip wrote:

The day had turned into a bit of an unexpected adventure, but aren't those the best days? Smile Better than meditation Wink


As lame as it is, I find very little enjoyment in anything. It takes 3-4 hours into a walk before I'm happy to be there (if at all), or 3-4 days into a bike trip.
I can ride my bike for a day trip and sometimes might have enjoyed only 40 seconds of it.


I wish you could stop up here for a while and walk these fells. I often do a local riverside walk that's quite pleasant too, but it's more just for exercise now I'm familiar with it. But on those fells...so much choice of where to head on the myriad paths, and always the stunning views, never the same twice due to weather effects. A real tonic for the soul. And you have to earn it too.

I'm not really enjoying my riding much lately either, in my case because I can't really afford it now and am always conscious of the cost.

I'm trying to get back into meditation myself, but I'm not sleeping well lately so I tend to just nod off Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 23:22 - 31 Jul 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:

I wish you could stop up here for a while and walk these fells. A real tonic for the soul. And you have to earn it too.

I'm not really enjoying my riding much lately either, in my case because I can't really afford it now and am always conscious of the cost.

I'm trying to get back into meditation myself, but I'm not sleeping well lately so I tend to just nod off Rolling Eyes



Potentially I might have more time on my hands (although the timing of this is a little unclear). Which means perhaps a visit north would be doable next year, but shall see. Thank you for the offer Smile

Sorry to hear money is more of a hindrance than ever and the not sleeping!

I must admit I find doing meditation 30mins before bed sorts out any difficulties in nodding off....in fact it works so well, that every time I begin the process my body lets out an enormous yawn. It's just some sort of automatic association now I guess.

But yes, I've not really done any for a couple of months. Instead choosing TV, beer / gin. A bad habit for me.


Actually, there was one thing I did enjoy. Proper laughed out loud. The book you recommended - 500 Mile Walkes by Mark Wallington. Utterly brilliant. Also read Boogie up the River and have just bought several more of his books. Love his humour. Thumbs Up
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