Sunday, 24 July 2011

Out today just like the SUN..

Left home at 8.15am got Fuel then up the Motorway to Squires Cafe.
Breakfast (not the Slim Version) & a cup of tea each for me & Ashley then we had a ride around what is called The Yorkshire Wolds, stopping off in Stamford Bridge for a quick drink before heading back home as Ashley was doing something this afternoon & I was collecting the new Mountain Bike.....
On the way back via a town called Selby I heard some Unfamilular noise coming from the bike, ha ha, the Bracket which conects the Exhaust to the Manifld pipe had come loose & was making one hell of a Noise, so back to the Kawasaki Dealer to let them sort it out, well it's still under Warrenty.....

The new Mountain Bike Cube Acid...

The route today.

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Thought I would Scan this Old Photo of my old Lambretta TV 175 from 1981. God only knows where it is now !!!!!!!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Sun's out & so am I 2moro........

Well after last weekends weather wich was very unsettled all over the Uk
this weekend looks as though it could be GREAT, SUN SUN SUN and a little bit more SUN.

Off up to Squires Cafe 2moro morning with Ashley my youngest lad.
Setting off at approx 8am, get fuel then call in for a coffee & A Hearty Breakfast at the Cafe, have a butchers at the Bikes & a chat with some of the other Bikers then we'll have a blast out for an hour or two calling in at the Triumph Dealer in York to browse around the Sprint GT section

Then back home for about 12.30pm then I'm off out to Rotherham to collect my new mountain bike and relieve my wallet of a few English pounds......

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Wet, that Rain Stuff Is !!!!!!!

Not much to blog about this last few weeks as I've not been doing much with the Bike since I returned from Europe.
For the last 2 weeks though I've been using the Bike to go to work.
Today 17-7-11 I was due to meet Phil down at Towcester at Jacks Hill Cafe for the usual Ton Up Day meeting, I was looking forward to the trip out but the weather here the last few days has been Rubbish and I ain't getting Wet for no one.

So over the last few weeks I've been trying to get back in to going out on the Mountain Bike, to which I have done & I'm training for a little trip Cycling across the UK from Coast to Coast on the Trans Pennine Trail.
My lads & me are looking at doing this over a few weekends.
See link for the route... Trans Pennine Trail

Thursday, 7 July 2011

My 1st European Trip...June 2011.

This is the 1st photo of the trip.
I set off from home at 6.20am on Sun 5th June 2011.
Had a good ride down to Brampton Hut where I met up with my mate Phil (the bald one), he had ridden from Cannock in The West Midlands, weather was good but cool.
After a Mcdonalds Breakfast & a cuppa Tea (would have been rude not too) we had a snap taken then headed off to Dover down the A1, Dartford Crossing, A2(M) then stop at Tesco for fuel near Dover then off to the port, upon arival at Dover Yes it stared to rain, but they did not waste time loading the Bikes so we did'nt get too damp.
Once off at Calais we decided to use the N routes (non Toll) as the Sun was out, passing through Saint-Omer, Bethune & Lens then to Erre for the night.

Just about to arrive in the Port Of Calais..

Would you believe it CALAIS.....

Top deck of the ferry & the Bikes were very Secure...

2 little passengers copped a lift all the way on our trip......

This was taken in a town called Bethune on the N routes.
There was some Metal Strucutre on the Roundabout.

Arriving in Erre at my Aunt's village.

Auntie Pat, Uncle Jaques and me of course....

My Auntie's dog, Sammy.

This is a snap of the local Cchurch in the village of Erre of course.

The next village to Erre Hornaing & the rain had started, this was our second day, not long after this village we stopped for fuel but my rain protector soon came off as the rain stopped & the Sun shone.

Once we had got around Valenciennes we came off the M/way & headed for Mons & the Belgium Border, Sat Nav was playing Tricks with us then we headed to the M/way once we have stopped for this snap of the Border.

On the way to Liege we stopped for a coffee pit stop & by God was it a little warm here then yes it started to rain as we was setting off again.
We travelled a little further down the M/way & I pulled off the road in to the next services for Lunch, good job we did as we did not see another services on the route we were taking.

At this point we are still in Belgium & as you can see it was looking a little wet, good job we stopped & I put on my wet weather gear because we set off & ran in to a right storm, Rain, Thunder & Lightening (the whole Shabuggle), don't do Lightening it's not nice to ride in let me tell you !!!!!!!
We were both running low on fuel & no other services to be seen, then 13kms up the road we could pull off the M/way to some sort of a fuel station in the middle of knowhere.

The rain had stopped & we are now in Germany, at last I could see the Sat Nav just. Just wished passing through this country side it was better weather then you can enjoy the scenery

A Bikers cafe on the border of Germany with Luxembourg.

The German Border on the Lux side.

Me at a village called Our on the German Lux Border.

Phil at the German Border on the Lux side.

This is the Hotel in Esch Sur Sure in Luxembourg, it was very nice but a little pricy at 99 Euros for B+B for 2 people in one room.
We had a good wonder around the village that night after a well deserved shower then finished the day off with a chineese meal & a few beers.

This is a church which was just at the back of our Hotel.

In no big rush to leave our hotel we headed towards Wiltz still in Lux then to the Border for entry back in to Belgium where we stopped for a good hour in Bastogne. Parked up & took a few snaps of some USA war memorials etc. the Latta Coffee & Cream cakes where, well to die for here.

We had not realised it but we came out of Belgium in to France to a nice little town called Givet then after some more coffee, back in to Belgium (no we where not lost, it was the way the country is shaped here).

After leaving the Lux hotel we had made our way back to my Aunt's for the last night's kip. When in France I've always had a meal called Cous Cous an Algerian meal & this is the result, Sorted & washed down with some wine.

Leaving Calais France for Dover, the whole way back to Calais from Erre was sunny but the wind shall we say was very windy.

Welcome back to the Uk, Dover in sight and Very Windy.
Once off the ferry & through Customs, back up the road to Brampton Hut for the last stop for fuel & a drink then Phil & me parted our seperate ways home, I arrived home approx 6.20pm that night, looking back on my 1st trip over sea's we would do some things a little different & go for more than 4 days...

My total mileage for the trip was 1078 miles.

Day 1 part 1,Sunday 5-6-2011
Doncaster to Dover via Brampton Hut.

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Day 1 part 2 Sunday 5-6-2011
Calais to Erre.

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Day 2 Monday 6-6-2011
Erre to Esch Sur Sure Luxembourg.

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Day 3 Tuesday 7-6-2011
Esch Sur Sure Luxembourg to Erre via Bastogne,Givet,Maubeuge.

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Day 4 Wednesday 8-6-2011
Erre to Calais, Dover to Doncaster.

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