May 23, 2009 GMT - 22nd May - Harrys to London
"I heard you turn into the road then nothing, but christ it sounded rough - have you killed my bike?"
May 21, 2009 GMT - 21st May 2009 - Relaxing at Harrys
Harry explains that yesterday was a bank holiday and so is tomorrow. But not today? I ask. No says Harry, but they call a normal day like today sandwiched between two bank holidays 'the bridge' and there is a marked tendency in rural France for it to be indistinguishable from the holiday days either side. You have to admire the logic.
May 20, 2009 GMT - 20th May Ainsa to Harry's Hotel
I have fond memories of a blast along the fast straightish flat roads leading north from Lannemazan to Auch, mile after mile of very light traffic, and high speeds crouched down and hearing the engine clatter and hum like an angry sowing machine pulling on a thread leading inexorably north.
May 19, 2009 GMT - 19th May 2009 Bocairent to Ainsa
Approaching Lleida from the south is a little difficult, but once through it the beauty steps up another gear as the foothills of the pyrenees become apparent
May 18, 2009 GMT - 18th May Agua Amarga to Bocairent
May 17, 2009 GMT - 17th May Fuengirola to Agua Amarga
Later in the day I moved inland aiming towards the Comtat, again the landscape was not particularly thrilling, with miles of sun blasted featureless landscape covered in acres of plastic sheeted greenhouses where imported labour toils to feed the hunger of northern super market chains for year round fresh products.
I looked at the nuts and they looked untouched, but then when I grabbed the wheel I saw it was as loose as hell and ready to fall off, no wonder I'd had trouble staying on the road round corners!
April 23, 2009 GMT - April 23rd Big Push to Fuengirola.
Over my beautiful steak the previous night I’d contemplated what to do today. I want to revisit the stark yet addictive Almeria region – Europe’s only true desert. I want to travel the roads of the Alpujarras – the tortuous...
April 22, 2009 GMT - April 22 Mora to Bocairent
The next morning there’s stuff to do before hitting the road. Breakfast is a non event at this dump and I make do with a coffee. However they do have internet and so I’m able to sort some things. They...
April 21, 2009 GMT - April 21st Over the Pyrenees and Into Spain.
So I wind down the mountains, happy as a lark and singing “she’ll be coming round the mountains” with made up verses that don’t bear repeating here.
April 20, 2009 GMT - April 20th Pressac to Mazeres
The plan for today is to trundle carefree in a generally southwards fashion and end up somewhere in the foothills of the Pyrenees. I enjoy a leisurely breakfast and chat with my hosts the Bardwells, and then saddle up and...
April 19, 2009 GMT - April 19th 09 Achonvillers to Pressac
As I arise the mist that fell last night is still clinging to the landscape, and after last nights dinner talk I find it a touch sinister, as if shamefully cloaking what happened here. Down at breakfast the gang are...
April 18, 2009 GMT - A small adventure London to South of Spain and back
I’m lucky enough to have some friends resident down on the South Coast of Spain. Whilst the usual mode of travel these days is to fly there, for quite a while I had an ambition to take the overland option,...
January 25, 2009 GMT - September 2008 Northampton-Suffolk-Northampton on a Pre-war BSA
As promised, a few shots from the expedition to Suffolk to see my folks. Apologies that this is not exactly RTW, but maybe doing a long ride in one country is an adventure if the bike is old enough? This...
January 24, 2009 GMT - May 2008 - First adventure on a rebuilt BSA
Until such a time as I get the time to do a big trip again, a quick entry on this little beasty. It's a '38 B21 which I spent a year re-commisioning from a ton of pieces. I've been clocking...
February 07, 2008 GMT - June 2007 - Vincent , BMW and Moto Guzzi Motorbike Trip to France June 2007
I wondered what bike is there, essentially pre-war designed, that could accomplish this long sustained flight without at some point beginning to show the strain? Here was the Vincent displayed truly in its element - a long distance tourer.