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Title: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 13, 2020, 10:49:52 PM
Well cancellation of this years Megameet was clearly a big disappointment for a lot of us so hopefully I can cheer myself up with a few good days out while up here in Cumbria from plymouth, even if this should have happened 11 months ago but unfortunately the day before that departure I found myself being admitted to the cardio ward and that was pretty much my riding curtailed until the initial release of lock down.

So arrived at our friends house in Dearham near Cockermouth Friday early evening and after getting organised early Saturday morning I set off about 11:30am 'ish.

A straight run down the A66 almost to Penrith and then a right turn towards Windemere starting with ....

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/02.-...-Kirkstone-Pass-....jpg)

About to start going up ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/01.Going-up-....jpg)

... and going down.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/03.-...and-going-down..jpg)

Once in Windemere I had a bit of fun looking to refuel with the 1st being closed and the second, though looking open with a car refuelling, turned out to be closed and a member of staff using the pump. 3rd time lucky, fuelled up and set off for Coniston via the Hawkshead loop. however about half way there there was a traffic holdup which I was able to go around and eventually found that a bus and motor-home had unsuccessfully tried to pass on the narrow road and almost level got jammed. I turned around and after most car drivers waved at me for an update I headed back around by-passing Hawkshead to Coniston.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/04.-Start-of-Coniston..jpg)

along past the Lake and on to the start of ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/05.-Ready-for-the-Passes-....jpg)

Through the Wyrnose Pass ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/06.-...-along-Wynrose-....jpg)

... and on over the Hardknott Pass ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/07.-...-onto-the-Hardnott-....jpg)

... and down.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/08.-...-and-down..jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/09.-Satnav.jpg)

A bit of clear road running then west towards Egremont then north towards Cockermouth before turning east to Buttermere. Along the water of Buttermere and then the Honister Pass ...

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/10.-Onto-the-Honister-Pass-....jpg)

and up past the slate mine ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/11.-...-and-up-past-the-slate-mine..jpg)

... and on to Keswick. The weather had then started to drizzle a bit and started to darken so I didn't stop for a pic of the sign but then went through the Whinlatter Pass to finish the day and back through Cockermouth to Dearham.
I only stopped for about 10mins for my sandwich and bag of crisps just after turning around after the bus incident so a steady straight near 7'ish hours on the sargent seat and 163 miles covered, which doesn't sound a lot if you have no idea of riding the Lakes but definitely is (and weekend traffic on certain parts, Windemere was packed).

I did have aching hips when I finally sat down but a very enjoyable days riding.

Here is the basic route I used as a guide and I plan on doing it again in the reverse direction which is apparently the harder way to do the Hardknott .... I will find out.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/12.-Overall-route-guide..jpg)

Also while up here I hope to do a couple of full days on the north'ish part of the Yorkshire Moor, via Alstom, similar to the route that we did on the Sunday of last years Lakes Megameet.

Other than a couple of months ago when the lock down was eased and I went to Motolegends Guildford and bought some new gear this was the first real day of serious riding since last years Megameet and a thoroughly enjoyable one, particuarly as it then hammered down with rain and howling winds all night and the wind remained most of today.
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: T800XC on September 13, 2020, 11:25:30 PM
All I can say is....




 :150:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 15, 2020, 09:39:17 PM
Well Sunday was a pretty awful day weather wise and Monday was a dutiful day of a few DIY tasks for our host (a widow) so today was another 'me' therapy day while the women went to Carlisle for garden centres, craft shops and lunch.

Set myself a route that was pretty much the route that Ron took us on Sunday of last years Megameet due to an unforeseen bicycle event that meant the roads around the Lake District were basically shut to traffic.

So set off about 10:30 in a pleasant 22c out through Cockermouth and on to Penrith then picked up the route to Alstom. I had come up behind a sports bike a bit before the start of the Hartside Pass and signs stated the road to Alston was closed. He waved his arms at me in a sort of questioning manner and I waved back to indicate carry on. We worked our way up and pulled in at the site of the old Hartside Cafe...

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/13.-Hartside-Pass.jpg)

... which was a derelict burnt out shell last year but now cleared away and just a shipping container and a closed burger van in its place. There were still a few bikes there and a few cars taking in the view back towards Penrith.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/14.-View-towards-Penrith.jpg)

Another rider who was going the other way informed us that there was a diversion in place for the road to Alston so I set off and just over the peak simply had to divert down a narrow side road that effectively ran parallel to the closed section of road. I fuelled up in Alstom to be sure and set off ... onto the start of what was to become the bulk of my day.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/15.-Beyond-Alston.jpg)

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/16.-North-Pennines.jpg)

Over the border into Teesdale ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/17.-Teesdale.jpg)

... and more horrendously congested roads  :015: :008:
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/18.-Glorious-Roads.jpg)

The plan was to stop and eat in Middleton-in-Teesdale (as last year) and my arrival time at 1pm was perfect .... unfortunately the masses of visitors and sight of congested cafe fronts made it a no brainer to carry on and try Brough or even Kirby Stephen. That again proved unfruitful as there didn't appear to be anywhere obvious to eat. So I carried on to Hawes though the riding was so enjoyable that the fact I hadn't eaten since 8am I still didn't feel particularly hungry.

So got to Hawes about 2pm and timed it just right on the main street as a car left and the single rider in front of me went in the vacated space with me following. Again Hawes was very busy like standard holiday time but as I got off the bike a passing American asked me about the benefits of bar risers and after a pleasant conversation when I mentioned needing to find somewhere to eat he directed me to a pie shop around the corner which happened to be just down from where I had parked and was at the quieter edges of the main street. So a pasty, piece of fruit cake and bottle of coke later I set off again.

Next stop was at Ribble Head viaduct and by now it was getting to be a bit warm at 25c.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/19.-Ribble-Head-Viaduct.jpg)

Once in Kirby Lonsdale I stopped for a 10 minute chat with a couple of modern Classic triumph owners at the riverside bikers meeting place before setting off again.

So here is my overall route, known as the Alston south loop. A totally 10/10 ride and to be honest, much as I love riding the Lakes, the blend of miles and miles of sweeping bends with next to zero traffic (unlike the Lakes) makes it a dream route. I finally arrived back at Dearham at 6:15pm and my tally for the day was 258 super enjoyed miles. :028: :017:

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/20.-Overall-Route-Guide.jpg)
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Rtwo on September 15, 2020, 10:26:06 PM
We're closing all the roads, stay away  :038:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: coddy on September 16, 2020, 06:30:17 AM
Thanks for posting your trip details. I was in that area last week, along with Scotland, Peak District and the North Yorkshire Moors. The Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales were certainly the highlights.

Shame you missed out on the Fish and Chip shop in Middleton on Tees as that has to be the best chips I've ever had.

Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 16, 2020, 09:45:17 AM
*Originally Posted by Rtwo [+]
We're closing all the roads, stay away  :038:

I think I could find an excuse .... my step father (since 1966 but now deceased) was born and from and all his related family still live in Durham.  :150:  :008:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 16, 2020, 09:52:39 AM
*Originally Posted by coddy [+]
Shame you missed out on the Fish and Chip shop in Middleton on Tees as that has to be the best chips I've ever had.

That's OK,  I don't like fish and I've never been one for chipshop chips. I could be absolutely starving, buy a portion of chips and I would only eat maybe half before throwing them away. There were 2 cafes I had in mind but as said they were packed including outside with no sense of distance and as some groups were in bike gear clearly not family bubbles.
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Derchef1962 on September 16, 2020, 07:58:59 PM
Nice to hear about your treatment you did well I guess Stevie...
I am pondering the idea to go up to Northern Germany in the first two October weeks I have a conference I need to attend in Hamburg so might as well take the bike see the Northern Sea and the Baltic Sea. Good thing is I can decide the means of transport at the very last minute, if the wheather is too nasty I just take the car...

So everyone has to deal with this bl**dy virus and the problems it causes in his personal way I guess. So far I was quite lucky Tiger took me 2,000 kms through Germany and France two weeks ago and decided to have the gear shift spring broken after the tour so I could get to my mechanics without big trouble. Don't know so far how they are going to fix it: is it just the spring or the pin on the cam broken, the guys have a lot of business right now so I told them to get fixed so I can ride that bike this year again...

Any news on the Zoom meeting on Saturday when we were supposed to be at the Metropole in Wales? I'd love do that
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 16, 2020, 09:22:58 PM
*Originally Posted by Derchef1962 [+]
Nice to hear about your treatment you did well I guess Stevie...

Hi Uli. I think the therapy is helping but I'd best have some more to make sure. :001:

I could also claim I am building up my riding stamina and checking out the Sargent seats I aquired in (hopefully) readiness for the long jaunt from Plymouth to Frankfurt in May for the Megameet. :008: :017:
Title: Covid Lockdown and Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 18, 2020, 10:00:59 PM
*Originally Posted by Stevie.P [+]
Hi Uli. I think the therapy is helping but I'd best have some more to make sure. :001:

Well I snuck out again yesterday. So I looked at what I still hoped to do and decided to go for another long one and do the Alston North Loop. So set of about 9:45am and the usual pre-start Dearham to Penrith ride and then up Hartside again and on to Alston.

Then headed to Brampton ....
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/21.-Northumberland.jpg)

on to Longtown and the A7 ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/22.-On-the-A7.jpg)

... and into Scotland.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/23.-A7-Border.jpg)

Turned off the A7 at Canonbie on to the B6399 which was clearly the main route to Hawick before the A7 was built and was a nice totally car free bend swinging almost single track road for the majority.
At Hawick a turn to Bonchester Bridge ready to turn right to Kielder. Instead I was met with road closed signs but decided to try anyway and see how far I could get. I managed as far down as almost the hairpin looking junction where the road totally stopped and was blocked with machinery. However it meant that no longer having to be wary of the blockage ahead I was able to give it a bit more on the return back to the A6088 (the only vehicle being the postman delivering).

I then turned right thinking maybe there would be another route to Kielder further on.

First came the border at Carter Bar.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/25.-Return-Border.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/26.-other-side.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/27.-Border-Map.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/28.-and-View.jpg)

I carried on through Otterburn then turned off for Bellingham. Here I could have turned right for Kielder but knowing I would cover enough mileage for the day opted to go on to Hexham. Just before Hexham the fuel light came on (set off with an almost full tank) and I pressed on to Alston and with one bar showing, estimate 12 miles left (and knowing I've gone before with no bars showing) I finally fuelled up. Then a first time downward ride of Hartside and back to Dearham.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/29.-Route-Guide.jpg)

Got back at 6pm and covered 281 miles. Once again a full day of seeing very few cars and a few dozen bikes overall throughout the day, but mainly in the southern areas of my route.

Think I managed to dispatch a few flies but I'm sure their numbers will survive. :008:

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/30.-A-few-less-flies.jpg)
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: GeoffS on September 18, 2020, 10:12:36 PM
Go steady Stevie, youíll be stealing Philís Iron Butt crown if youíre not careful. How many miles have you racked up in the last couple of days?
Stay safe matey.
Geoff
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 18, 2020, 10:30:06 PM
Hi Geoff
Just over 700 miles on the 3 rides (6 days) which considering between late August 2019 MOT and late August this years MOT, due to the October heart issues and then covid, I only covered a measly 1500 miles I'm well pleased and glad I did bring the bike as I wasn't really in the right frame of mind for hauling it up here until only a few days before our planned departure. Because I've been riding solo (wife needs a new helmet and wants to wait until next year now  :020: :008:  ), like when I long distance drive, I tend not to stop much so the Sargent seat has been well and truly tested and received my seal of approval for sure. Fingers and toes now crossed that the efforts of Uli can go ahead and we all head for Frankfurt.

Have a weekend of DIY for our host which I don't mind as I'm sure the Lakes area will be busy and it is free B & B :001: but hope to get a couple more decent days before leaving next Saturday though looks like rain may be on its way around Tuesday .... but depends how heavy with the roll I'm on. :084:

See you ASAP. Stevie :028:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 18, 2020, 10:59:21 PM
Just for interest only (as I don't actually care what the bike uses or I'd have something claiming to be economical) I can see that (based on actual fuel used and miles ridden not the bikes data):

The Lakes & Passes - 163 miles - 57.33 MPG(UK)
The Alston South Loop - 258 miles - 63.47 MPG(UK)
The Alston North Loop - 281 miles - 62.89 MPG(UK)

Pretty much as expected drop for the Lakes v the open roads. :002:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: coddy on September 19, 2020, 08:00:12 AM
I also stopped at the big stone that welcomes people to England at the top of a very nice twisty road last week.

Did you notice that the England flag to the left of the parking area was in tatters whilst the Scotland flag on the other side of the road was in pristine condition?
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 19, 2020, 09:57:02 AM
I can't say I even noticed any flag that side, it was a pretty sparse welcome compared to the other side with the tidy Scottish flag, stone and Scottish Borders sign. I only recall the simple 'England' on the stone and about 50m further down at the viewing point exit another big 'Welcome to Northumberland' sign. Pretty poor comparison. :151:

Didn't see any signs of protest about crossing the border at all though going along one road near Canonbie I came up to 2 Police vans and a Police car stopped like a chickane and he waved me to stop, no other traffic around, and I thought is it a spot check asking what I'm doing, where and why. But after a few seconds the cop waved me on and as I passed one of the vans there was a youngish couple with a police officer stood beside their pretty new bright red BMW .... with the full width of the front end pushed back about a third of the engine bay length. Strange as it was in the middle of a long straight stretch of road nowhere near any bend or sign of any other vehicle involvement. :027:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 21, 2020, 10:06:31 PM
Slipped a few more miles in today. Had pre-planned to do the previous (1st ride above) Lakes circuit in reverse but looking at this weeks weather forecast it looked like today was the last full decent day so decided I wanted to to the Kielder road knowing it would be a decent days mileage.

The first 'diversion' was when the diversion off the main Hartside Cafe (as was) to Alston road was also diverted half way and the subsequent route meant instead of maybe a mile from Alston Texaco station it was a 3.5 mile detour through Garrigill. Fuelled up and grabbed a wrap and bag of crisps and on my way. Instead of the A686, the A689 and B6295 to Hexam is definitely worth it.

Turned off the A69 at Hexam on to the A6079 and then the B6320 all the way to Kielder (and my turn around point at Saughtree (due to the closed road) ..... well I would have. With no forward notice I nearly got to Wark and the road was closed with the guys just sat there in their van and cones right across the road. Had to run back down to the A6079 junction and head over to the A68 and head up to nearly Otterburn and back on myself to Bellingham .... then back on track.

Start of Kielder Water
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/01.-Kielder-Waters.jpg)

The return was simply a backtrack with another fuel top up at Alston .... because I found out last week that the petrol station in Cockermouth (opposite the Premier Inn we used last year and all used for fuel) is the only one in Cockermouth and subsequently is 6p a litre more expensive than Alston in the middle of nowhere.  :172: :151:

On the way back it was the best part of the day approaching Keswick and the view was superb ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/02.-Late-Afternoon-Lake-District.jpg)

Route obviously the east side of the previous ride where I couldn't access Kielder from the north.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/03.-Route-Guide.jpg)

Total run for the day: 10:20 set off - 5:30 return. Covered 276 miles and bike returned 60.3 MPG. :028:

Hope to do the Lakes in reverse Wednesday and Friday maybe over to Alston and the B6277 to Middleton-in-Teesdale as I need to keep it short and get ready for an early departure back to Plymouth Saturday morning. :003:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 23, 2020, 11:03:09 PM
Well the weather definitely took a turn. The temperature dropped and the drizzle appeared, contrary to the forecast for a good sunny day. So at 9.5c I set off to redo my initial Lakes route but the opposite way around. The colder weather and damp roads definitely made it a bit more of a cautious start to the ride.

Approaching Whinlatter Pass ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/31.-Approaching-Whinlatter.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/32.-and-looking-murky.jpg)

... on through Honister Pass ...
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/34.-Bikers-dream.jpg)

... around and down the west coast past Sellafield 'Energy Park'.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/33.-Sellafield.jpg)

The weather had brightened up a bit and the temperature raised to 12c and thankfully the roads had dried although after riding through Wynrose Pass though as I passed over the uphill entry cattle grid at the start of the Hardknott Pass I had the only micro-scare of the day when the back end violently slid to the right on the wet metal rails before gaining grip back on tarmac.

Riders dream ... again almost zero traffic, I think I only saw 4 other bikes all day (though dozens of the non-powered ones  :005: )
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/34.-Bikers-dream.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/35.-Bottom-of-Hardknott.jpg)

By then the weather had gone back to drizzly and cold. By the time I got to Kirkstone Pass the cloud was again sitting low on the peaks.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/36.-Low-cloud-on-top-of-Kirkstone-Pass.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/37.-Kirkstone-Pass.jpg)

... and on the other side.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/38.-Downside-Kirkstone-Pass.jpg)

As said little traffic all day and fortunately still pre-autumn so barely any leaf fall though 2 bends did have a few leaves on and twice exiting tractors had left a trail of mud for a few hundred yards.

Managed another 142 miles so currently managed 1137 miles over the 5 rides, just hoping to squeeze a short day in on Friday.

The route map was the very first one above so here I'll put the actually directions page with road numbers as the marked red route on the maps are vague with regard to some of the smaller more interesting roads.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/39.-Lakes-Loop.jpg) :460:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: coddy on September 24, 2020, 06:31:08 AM
Thanks Stevie, cracking thread to read.
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 24, 2020, 09:39:31 AM
 :430: ..... must have accidentally touched that last icon (bottom of post) on the tablet  :148:  after previewing the post. Clearly not meant to be there and only just noticed and no longer able to edit/delete. :138:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 24, 2020, 11:46:09 AM
Just for if anyone would like the .gpx file I created for the above Lake District loop for a future use, etc.

Mapped in Basecamp with the up to date - City Navigator Europe NTU 2021.10

Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 25, 2020, 10:27:36 PM
Well last day of therapy  :008: ... so as hoped one last short outing before preparing to return to Plymouth first thing in the morning tomorrow.
Well it was certainly a dramatic temperature drop this morning, stating off at 11c in Dearham. My ride today was the B6277 from Alston to Middleton-in-Teesdale. So the usual Dearham to Penrith and on up the Hartside Pass again and on to Alston for enough fuel to get me back to Dearham. As I ascended Hartside the temperature progressively dropped down to 9c. Out onto the B6277 out of Alston and all the way to Midleton-in-Teesdale and another day of traffic free twisty road and great countryside.

(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/40.-Over-the-Border-...jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/41.-..-and-beyond-....jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/42.-...-and-on..jpg)

Once there it was a totally different picture to sunny last week and hoards of bodies everywhere. it was quiet and with 2 people sat outside the 'Tee Pot' I opted to sit inside where it was empty, mainly as their toilet was only for inside sitting customers. A bacon and egg bap, large mug of latte and a slice of cherry crumble later I set off back on the same route. At one point on the return the temperature did drop as low as 7.5c so glad I put the liners on under my gear.

The only thing I would advise is be wary as there are 2 cattle grids pretty unseen in advance directly on bends. Going there direction, one on the Cumbria border (followed by a 'sheep on road' warning) and again where that open area ends.

Next time I would tie the B6277 route in with the previous Alstom South Loop Alston A689 to Middleton-in-Teesdale road to make a slightly longer return route. :028:

Route guide for the day.
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/43.-Route-Guide.jpg)

As said, pretty short day but another ride none the less. 163 miles covered taking my total to exactly 1300 miles, which as said earlier regarding my last year I'm really pleased with.

So now ready for roughly another (probably) 8hrs+ and just over 410 miles, but in a different seat (and with 2 women :181: :008: )
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/44.-Ready-for-Home.jpg)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the rides I've had, the restrictions and kids back at school probably being a big plus in the minimal traffic. I certainly look forward to doing it again next year if normal holiday routine isn't restored as I know, with or without wife, I've always got free bed and meals here anytime. :152:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Rtwo on September 26, 2020, 12:27:57 AM
mainly as their toilet was only for inside sitting customers

They lied  :001:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 26, 2020, 06:54:09 AM
Well I went by the sign in the window and when she asked me at the door my preference I said inside and took the opportunity to warm up a bit (and remove my jacket and liner while I ate).  Had it been last week as planned, when sunny, it would have been an outside preference. :028:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: GeoffS on September 26, 2020, 02:35:17 PM
Hey Stevie, looks like you had a crackiní couple of days, and the weather gods were good to you. Iím a bit confused by your last image...., why have you still got the stabilisers on the bike; go on take them off, itíll make cornering much more fun.
Stay safe
Geoff
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: T800XC on September 26, 2020, 03:02:31 PM
*Originally Posted by GeoffS [+]
...Iím a bit confused by your last image...., why have you still got the stabilisers on the bike; go on take them off, itíll make cornering much more fun.

 :492:  :492:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 26, 2020, 06:44:19 PM
*Originally Posted by GeoffS [+]
Iím a bit confused by your last image...., why have you still got the stabilisers on the bike ....

Geoff, it's because when I'm stationary I have this habit of accidentally letting it fall over (4 times now since I've had it :232: ). :008:

Though I guess that's better than dropping it while riding. :005:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: tauzero on September 27, 2020, 05:32:00 PM
What's the book of suggested routes that you used?
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Tallpaul on September 27, 2020, 06:36:33 PM
*Originally Posted by tauzero [+]
What's the book of suggested routes that you used?

Looks like AA Biker's Britain to me.
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 27, 2020, 10:10:40 PM
*Originally Posted by Tallpaul [+]
Looks like AA Biker's Britain to me.

:028:

Yes AA Bikers Britain. Mine is 2017 publication so it does recommend the Hartside Cafe which I already knew from last year's Megameet was burnt down.

It covers these sections:
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/A.-Bikers-Britain.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/B.-South--Central.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/C.-Wales.jpg)
[img 9width=750 height=1000]https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/D.-North--Midlands.jpg[/img]
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/F.-Wider-Routes.jpg)

You can see my routes in this thread were 44, 47, 48 and 49 in the 'North and Midlands' section. :017:

I also have this Scotland guide hopefully for future use that I won in the Gloucester Megameet charity raffle.  :028:
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/G.-Guide-to-Scotland.jpg)
(https://photos-cdn.tiger800.co.uk/20200927_212814_resized.jpg)


Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Derchef1962 on September 28, 2020, 11:03:50 AM
*Originally Posted by Tallpaul [+]
Looks like AA Biker's Britain to me.

I also use that, only problem is: it does not have an overview map that you can see where the routes are located on the island. Makes it sometimes rather difficult for me to use it.
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: tauzero on September 28, 2020, 06:35:41 PM
Ta, 2nd edition now ordered from That Ebay.
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Dilbert on September 30, 2020, 10:27:58 AM
Hi Stevie, hope you're keeping well, just catching up on your ride-out posts here, looks to be some good routes, though it's difficult with somewhere like the Lake District to decide the "best" route, personally I'd have turned off at Calder Bridge and gone over Cleator Moor, rather than the boring and depressing West coast route.

Just a friendly warning and don't take this the wrong way, but be very careful about taking photo's of Sellafield Site, yours was fairly distant and not too revealing, but you were still a bit close and some may question your motives, we are still on a "Heightened" response level and have been for some time, so just take care  :028:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Dilbert on September 30, 2020, 10:31:21 AM
*Originally Posted by Derchef1962 [+]
I also use that, only problem is: it does not have an overview map that you can see where the routes are located on the island. Makes it sometimes rather difficult for me to use it.

I pick a featured town/ city and put it in Google Maps, then zoom out to see where it sits in the country, I used it to find whereabouts Frankfurt was  :008:
Title: Re: Cancelled Megameet Therapy
Post by: Stevie.P on September 30, 2020, 10:39:26 AM
Without me saying it was Sellafield I think you would be hard pressed to deduce much from that picture beyond 3 power pylons, 2 wind turbines and lots of sheep, but I understand what you're saying. Similarly here in Plymouth, being built on hills, you can go into many housing estates surrounding Devonport Dockyard and look quite closely over RN ships and submarines in there. My brothers last house directly overlooked one dock where there was always a ship moored.