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Old 24 Jan 2008
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that i get cars right up my backside which seriously gets to me. they dont do it when i'm driving my truck!

Maybe you need a sticker: "Back off, my other bike is an artic"?
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Even In Saudi

Nice and smooth in the rain for me.
I was riding from Jeddah over the mountains in rain and fog with a trail of cars following close behind for miles on end using me as their guide when suddenly the road changed from three lanes down to two, I saw it in time and swerved over but the cars behind went straight down a bank.
I think the Saudies have had driving lessons in Spain as they leave it to the last minute to leave a motorway from the outside lane.
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Walkabout you want a ride report, Dragged the ktm out it was raining rode north from my house up the coast to Bamburgh it was still raining, dark dark clouds and a bit of wind (Mainly from my soup at lunch time) Bamburgh looks good in this weather the sea is white with froth and waves the sky moody, From here turned inland over to Belford then over the moor to wooler very nice road, its still raining - snow on the cheviots - kept heading north west past wooler to kirk newton (Near the north side of cheviot (lovely scenery but its raining and a touch of sleet) then north to Cornhill cross the border into Scotland and a coffee at Coldstream. From here it was a quick blast to Duns coffee and a pee at my mates house, touch of white stuff on higher ground but nothing to shout about its getting dark now !!! so its back to Berwick - south to Alnwick and then on to home. It Rained nearly all the way !. Wet stayed on the outside of me and once again another nice afternoon run out in the rain. About 130 miles in all. As for sliding or slipping on wet roads RUBBISH - ive got a modern bike with modern semi knobbly tyres and 30 years of riding all year round under me belt.

That keep you happy. No photos though didnt take the camera -it might of got wet you know -after all it was raining.

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It's a start!
As per this thead from Dan 23:-
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...od-stuff-30852

which has not really "clicked" with the readers .


Next time someone from overseas, say, wants to know where to go in England, and they do a search for, say, "Coldstream" (OK, it is in Scotland)they will be blessing you!!

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Walkabout if we really did this type of ride report then the system would certainly clog up. I must admit that my part of the country is stunning its a place i really do love to be in(Northumberland and the borders) with superb and fairly empty roads and scenery, being the least populated county with the most castles its teaming with history from the Roman Wall, Lindisfarne loads of Castles (to ward off the neighbours across the border and historic small villages and even a few towns, hundreds of miles of scenic back roads across hills, vast moors and forests much of this is missed by bike travellers who travel straight through the county on the main roads to scotland. I could take some really nice photos (not sure how to download them onto here mind) and suggest some nice routes. But really anyone wanting to come to this area can just contact me and I will try my best to give them routes or info on the area or even a guided run out if thats what they want and a night down the village for a few s.
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It was snowing today when I took the bike out for a shake down run over snake pass (Buxton to Mansfield) with the rain the night before and the freezing cold road was well slippy with black ice, does that mean I'm even more stupid then those that ride in the Rain?
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Riding in the rain is great, in a sort of S&M way. I love it, after all it's all about the journey and the more varied the journey better, even if that means rain.

In October last year I rode a bike back from Paris to Milan for a friend and I collected it in gentle drizzle in central Paris, by the suburbs it was pouring, by the Autoroute it had REALLY started to rain and after an hour it was like a cloud burst all the way to Beaune about 360 miles of rain. That night I poured 1/2 a pint out of each glove and hung all my stuff out to dry, but hey I'd do it again.

And anyone who was at Ripley last year got wet, didn't we boys and girls.

Slow down, think positive and enjoy what you're doing and if it all gets too much, pull into a hotel/B&B, dry out, go for a meal, a drink, meet new people and add it to the list of things you've done on a bike.
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Walkabout if we really did this type of ride report then the system would certainly clog up. I could take some really nice photos (not sure how to download them onto here mind) and suggest some nice routes. But really anyone wanting to come to this area can just contact me and I will try my best to give them routes or info on the area or even a guided run out if thats what they want and a night down the village for a few s.

Hi Adv950,
I don't know about the clogging up thing, nor do I care to even think about it - a techie thing for the techs to sort out.
It was a great suggestion and question from Dan23 and I reckon it needs an answer, eventually.
Ultimately, Grant will do something about the question, even if that decision is to do nothing. In the meantime, that type of post will continue on Advrider, GSUker and the like.

I've posted a few pics on here (took me some time to sort out how to do it within the limits set on this website) and I have now run out of "Quota"; that doesn't matter to me greatly. I'll just do something else with my time.

Your generosity of time in hosting people is excellent, but you may not be around at the time that someone or other wants such a "service"; those folk can do a search in here, find your key words - Coldstream etc etc and then make up their minds, ask more questions or just get on with it.

Anyway, that's my thoughts for now - I'm off to Advrider to look at the pics!

Quite agree about Northumberland - I've ridden quite a few routes around there and they are often missed in the rush to get over the border at Carter Bar and elsewhere (there's another place name someone might search for!)

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Did some work with the National Trust at Cragside many years ago, very nice area.

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