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Mar 29 2005

Adventure To Nottingham

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Easter Sunday I decided to take a trip to Nottingham (my uncle, with whom I was staying, had prior engagements), so I hoped on my bike and set off on the 100 mile journey.

The first stop I made was about a mile outside of Cheltenham. I’d finally had enough of the microphone in my helmet and so ripped it out… I left the headphones in so I could listen to my iPod :)

The rest of the journey was pretty un-eventful. There was one section of the M42(?) that was like riding on a rodeo bucking-broncho but luckily I wouldn’t have to ride that section of the motorway on the way back. I was also very supprised at how easily I found Ambers house (thats the Amber that I lived with when I was working in London). I had given up trying to follow the RAC route finder directions somewhere between the A42 and the M1 and was generally heading towards the centre of Nottingham I the hopes I may stumble across Derby road… which I did almost immediately.

It was good seeing Amber again, we had a quick bacon sarnie then headed into Nottingham to find a quite place to have a coffee. Unfortunately most places were closed so we ended up at a place called, oh, I can’t remember right now… it’ll come to me later. Our catch-up session was cut short though as Gary, Ambers other half, phoned up complaining that Ambers little brother was being a nightmare and that he couldn’t cope so Amber had to go back to the house to sort it out. When we got back to the house there was no Gary to be seen. With nothing else to do we went to get a DVD for her brother to watch whilst we had another tea and some pizza in the kitchen.

Time passed and I had to head back to Cheltenham. On the way back I stopped at a service station as I had forgotten to hook up my iPod before leaving Nottingham. As I was heading back out to the motorway another rider was also leaving the services so I followed him. Instead of heading onto the motorway we rode along the [previously] quiet country roads. I followed him for about quater of an hour before heading back to the motorway. It felt so good to be able to ride a bike through twisting country roads following another rider so I could see the lines I needed to take. It was amazing.

Back on the motorway I just didn’t get that same feeling. But you remember the rodeo section of the motorway? How could they manage to get both sides of the motorway in the same appauling condition!?!?!?

I did manage, however, to do the 100 mile return journey in 2 hours, including the 30 minute interlude in the country lanes, which means that I was riding at an average speed of 66.6(ish)mph ;)

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Mar 26 2005

A Slight Detour

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After finally leaving Portsmouth (see previous post) I eventually made it to cheltenham in about 2 hours. Thats not bad going seeing as how I missed my exit from the M4(?) motorway and decided to take a random scenic route through the Cotswolds and then after, finally, getting to the M5 I managed to take the exit before the one I wanted.Please don’t ask how fast I was riding to manage that!It was good fun riding through, and the bike really enjoyed it. I noticed that above a certain speed the back end gets a little light but that may have been because of the panniers.Tomorrow I’m planning on heading up to Nottingham to see Amber, who I haven’t seen in an age, so I should get a little more practice map reading whilst riding… I think I need it!!!

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Mar 25 2005

I Made It To England

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But I’ve already had my first two f**k-ups.The crossing itself was rather un-eventfull, met a couple of my sisters friends and had a beer in the bar last night. However, this morning whislt buying breakfast I managed to leave me switch card on the boat. I’m currently at the ferry terminal waiting to see if they can find it.It wasn’t until I took a wrong turn in the motorway that I decided to buy a map… only no switch card to pay with so I had to come back for my card.So, not only have I lost my card I’ve also wasted half a tank of that lovely cheap Guernsey petrol…. bugger!

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Mar 24 2005

Am I On Holiday Yet?

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Man, I can’t cope with this going to work on the same day as I’m going on holiday.I had packed my lugguage on Tuesday night so all I had to do this morning was attach the panniers to my bike. I had it to work with the panniers still attached but I think I may have to adjust the straps as one side is higher than the other.

Just to prove that I am going away and not making this up to impress people, Damien kindly took some pictures of me with my bike:Ready to goThe bike's all packed

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Mar 16 2005

I’m Going On Holiday

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Hooray, hooray its a holi-holi-day.I’ve booked tickets to take my bike over to England for the Easter weekend. I’m taking the overnight ferry to Portsmouth on the Thursday night arriving at 6am on the Friday morning. I’ll be returning on the Monday fast-ferry from Poole at 4pm. During the weekend I’ll be staying with my Uncle so my bike will have to be able to make it to Cheltenham. I would also like to be able to get to Nottingham as well to see Amber whom I haven’t seen in an age.The ferry ticket has also been booked for my North Sea crossing in June so, all being well, I shall be riding to the north of Norway.

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Jan 25 2005

Speeding fines makes International news

It appears that the news of Norway increasing its speeding fines has made it into the international papers.

From February the already astronomical speeding fines will be hiked up a further 30% to 7,800 kroner (£660).

Not that I’m planning to speed. But then I neveer planned to speed in Guernsey… but these things occasionally happen.

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Jan 20 2005

Planning a trip to England

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I’ve decided that I should take my bike over to England. My reasoning for this is that my bike is getting quite old now as it is a 1988 GSX-R750 (about 17 years old) and so I don’t really want to be riding it 3000 miles this summer without taking it for a long ride first. As Guernsey is only 5×7 miles across you can’t really ride for any decent distance at a decent speed (without the narks and razzers coming after you!!!!!).

My plan is to head over to England for a bank holiday weekend and give it a good blast. That will give me a chance to a) check the fuel economy of the bike and b) check if there is anything wrong with the bike that needs to be sorted out before I head off through Norway.

Things I need to go to England:

  • Paniers
  • Fit my autocom unit
  • boat tickets
  • more to come…

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Jan 17 2005

Aquired a tent

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Yesterday I received a tent (on loan) from my friend Shane. Its a diddy little one man thing that packs up to the size of a rugby ball and only weighs 1.3kg. I probably wont be using it for my trip up to Norway as I’ll be travelling at the same time as my sister and dad so well be staying in camping cottages in Norway but as I’ll be travelling on my own on the way home I’m sure I get much use out of it.

The only problem with having such a small tent is that I’ll have to try and figure out how to get myself and my luggage into the tent.

I’ve also updated my list of things to get and do.

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Jan 13 2005

A Nice Lesuirely Ride

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Well, it looks like I’m going to be taking it easy on my ride up through Norway.

It appears that they have extremely strict rules about motoring offences, and extremely low speed limits.

I guess I just have to be content with the scenery. And at lower speeds I’ll have more time to appreciate it. Having said that, I’ll have to ride longer each day so I’ll probably be spending most of the time thinking about the cramp in my legs :(

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Jan 12 2005

Its alright, I’ve got a cunning plan!

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Thats right. And very cunning it is!

This summer I’m planning to follow in my dads footsteps. Or is that wheel tracks? Anyway, once upon a time, whilst he was at college in England, he rode his motorbike up to the north or Norway to work on a small fram for the summer. And to cut a long story short he ended up marrying the farmers daughter, my mother.

So this June is my Grans 85th birthday. All of my family here in Guernsey is heading up there so I thought I’d go too. Only I’ll be riding up there on my GSX-R750.

My planned route is to take a ferry from Guernsey to Portsmouth (UK), the ride up to Newcastle. Take a ferry across the North Sea to Bergen (Norway) and the ride to Hamsund (my grans home village). The route is about a 4000 mile round trip and I am planning take about three weeks – one week each way and a weeks holiday in the middle.

Obviously there is a lot of planning to be done. Here is my initial list of things to do:

  • Plan route
  • Buy Guernsey->UK tickets
  • Buy UK->Norway tickets
  • Buy new motorcycle helmet
  • Buy intercom unit
  • Buy bike luguage
  • Service bike
  • Install intercom unit & bike alarm
  • Locate possible over-night stops

This is just an initial list. I have got a larger list of things to do but I don’t have it on me at the moment so I’ll have to update this list when I get home.

Addition list items:

  • Aquire tent for emergencies
  • Purchase riding clothing (trousers & new gloves)
  • Find & buy cigarette lighter for motorbike (to charge phone & iPod)
  • Buy iPod (either Mini or Shuffle)

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