Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Torquay Road Trip

Last September I went to Helsinki to visit some friends I met on Route 66  - Helena and Kristian.  This year they were over here, so I suggested an overnight road trip to Torquay which is a 500 mile round trip.  So with me on Macbeth, Kristian riding my Streetglide and Helena on an 883 Sportster rented from Warrs in Mottingham we set off, for a nice ride down to Torquay - M25, A3, then through Alton, to the New Forest, along the coast at Bournemouth and then following it along to Torquay.  Good night out in town and a great hotel made it all very worthwhile.

Today on the way back the plan was a more direct route on the A303 in the glorious sunshine all the way to London - until I was stupid enough to lose the back end on some gravel just north of Yeovil - luckily I didn't even get a bruise and the bike is not too bad either  - broken gear shift peg and chewed up belt and outer primary cover.

Got to say thanks to all the bikers who checked on me and in particular to the two lady bikers (one with dreads) and the one that runs the Esso at Podimore for helping make sure that me and the bike were safe.  Then extra thanks to my wife Lisa for sorting out all my arrangements to get me back. Tomorrow I rent a van and go and collect the bike.


Gary France said...

Sorry to hear about bending the bike, but I am glad you are ok. I trust it is something that can be fixed quickly.

Blue said...

Ouch. You're obviously not taking care of Macbeth, Ian, and I think it should be taken away from you immediately and given to me! ;)

iansolley said...

well a new belt - some polishing and a bit of TLC and Macbeth will be back on the road in a few days.

bluechipholidays said...

I'm planning to spend my Torquay holidays. Riding the motorcycle would be fun!

holiday cottages uk said...

Seems like you love your bike a lot. Oh well, it's a lot fun riding 'em..

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