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April 2019

Cotswold Explorer

5-day Cotswold Explorer – Multiple dates:

  • May 13th to the 17th May
  • June 3rd to the 7 June

Tour highlights include:

  • Bibury and Arlington Row
  • 2,000 years of history
  • Castle Combe and Lacock villages – many Hollywood films made here
  • Malmesbury and the naked gardener – if watching people garden naked is your thing!
  • Avebury stones – older than Stonehenge
  • Ferry ride to Poole and Bournemouth
  • The Slaughters
  • Oh, and some good varied roads for riding on!

See link for more details of costs and how to book: Cotswold Explorer

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Camping – Lynton – April 26 – 28

Just as storm Hannah was approaching, we were packing our panniers, checking our kit and thinking, what the hell, lets go anyway! What’s the worst that could happen?

In the end, not a lot. It was a bit breezy on the way down, and it did rain too. But, we ended up wetter on the inside more so than on the outside.

Our route down to Lynton is below. Though we missed Cheddar and went via Glastonbury – how we missed Cheddar I don’t know, but miss it we did!

Camping day 1

Staying at the Channel View campsite, Lynton, we pitched up around 5.30pm or so and once sorted out our camping kit, headed straight to the Beggars Roost pub next door.  The choice then became rather more difficult – Stag, Ram or Otter beer being the order of the day – a few more than planned but never mind.

The next day’s ride was meant to follow the coast down to Crackington Haven, but due to aforementioned storm we headed inland to the south coast all the way to Shaldon opposite Teignmouth via some very minor roads indeed. Returning back to camp around 6.30pm on some more minor roads. 180 miles or so that day; 6 hours of fantastic riding! Plus a couple of hours for stops.

Sunday, packed up dry tents and headed off home around 10am on very minor back roads avoiding main motorways and big A roads. SatNav was very accommodating. Following SatNav we stopped at a cafe in Cheddar Gorge before heading back to our next stop in Devizes. From there, I pootled on home to Cricklade notching up around 480 miles or so!

This was a training weekend for Advanced Riders – we did that too. Both riders changed their approach to bends and corners and made better use of forward planning and observation links. You may notice in the video that there is a lot of debris in the centre of our lanes – the rider took what he considered the safest route around to avoid slipping.

Great weekend!

Hi Vis or Not Hi Vis

I suppose the first question to answer is, is it Hi Vis or Hi Viz? I assume for now that doesn’t matter.

The colour black is a strange colour to be seen in when riding a motorbike. Its not all that obvious and it certainly acts like camouflage especially at night. But, should bikers be forced to wear hi-vis? I personally think its down to personal choice, so would not advocate any law change – if there are any plans afoot then this is purely coincidental.

Personally I do wear hi vis – my jacket has it built in. I also wear a hi vis tabbard which is again personal choice. As is my choice of helmet.

I was out recently and wanted to see the effects of wearing hi vis and not wearing it. So a good friend of mine agreed to be filmed with and without wearing a hi vis jacket. The results can be seen in the video below.

Wondered what your thoughts were?

As I have already said, wearing of hi vis should be, and remain to be, down to personal choice.

 

 

France and Belgium, including WW1 graveyards – 6 May – 10 May

5-days France and Belgium

Our itinerary includes some of the First World War Battlefields including Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Passendale and The Thiepval Memorial. Heading South to Dijon we  turn back to Tours and Le Mans before heading North West to Caen and St Malo. From here we head towards Juno Beach, Sword Beach and The Pegasus Bridge. Thereafter we head to Rouen capital of the northern French region of Normandy, and then toward Calais and homeward bound.

Tour highlights include:

  • Le Mans circuit
  • Great dining at overnight stops
  • WW1 cemeteries and WW2 D-Day landing beaches
  • Pretty French villages
  • Good roads!
  • Route can be extended to ride via the Loire valley from Angers.

Please see France & Belgium 5 day ride for more details.

Back on the radio!

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After a couple of years away from broadcasting, it seems that we are launching a new show. The format of which has yet to be decided, but it could be a round the table discussion of all the finer points of motorcycling. Segments could include:

  • Pet hates – such as cars following to close, or cars not indicating
  • Recent rides – what was good, bad
  • Rider tips
  • Taking the mickey out of each other – not a segment as such but probably a flowing theme through the hour
  • Anything else we can think up on the day

First programme to be aired soon – date will be announced!

Oh, and that image is from the Swindon Advertiser!

 

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