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What a difference a year makes …

12 months almost to the day that I bought a my new bike ready for my mini adventure to Espanol. I have never been overly attached to anything material. The experience and adventure of riding has always been the ‘Thing’ not the bike itself (Same with most other things – I much prefer the experience…

Shots Fired!!!

Where do I start? The US, the home of capitalism is falling apart it seems. All my suspicions over what an abhorrent and dangerous man Donald Trump is had now been confirmed, yet he has a strong following … willing to storm the Capitol with an intent to harm others and “take our country back”.…

2020 What a Year!

Well as 2020 draws to a close in a few weeks it is only natural to reflect, especially given the events. Covid has certainly shown many people in their real light. People looking after the vulnerable and being so very brave and selfless (I am so grateful for such beautiful souls), yet others being utterly…

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World suicide prevention day.2020 has been particularly hard for many people. Advances in technology and global capitalism are in general not making us any happier. Social media distorts reality. People living ‘their best life’ and bombardment of tragedies. What you follow becomes an echo chamber to the point of overload. There are also…

That black dog…

It has been a while… The trip to the Isle of Man was obviously cancelled. The trip to France obviously cancelled. The work on the CB500 has come to a halt. Too busy and no motivation. Work is like a long drawn out disaster movie most days. Glimmers of a plot twist and a happy…

A different route

74 days. 74 days without booze if I exclude one night a few weeks ago. I didn’t see that as a fail. There are no rules. It was confirmation that when things get a bit too much alcohol is not the solution. Real people, family and genuine friends are the comfort you need. They make…

Stir Crazy…

The lockdown, although essential, is a strain. It is a strain listening to lying politicians, watching idiots flout the rules and just living in a surreal environment. Worried about your family, vulnerable loved ones, your sanity, your income. This is on top of all the other things that sometimes cause a traffic jam on your…

The Apocalypse

Just less than 3 weeks since my return from Spain and the world has changed (forever). To think that I almost went to Northern Italy. I could have been at the epicenter of Europe’s Corona outbreak. Flights to Bergamo were looked into. Another blessings counted! There is so much suffering and fear of the future.…

Published …

A very popular motorcycle publication often asks for content so like the fame hungry wannabe that I am, I obliged … For the record … Day 1 – Santander – (N621) PotesDay 2 – Potes -(N621) Riano – AstorgaDay 3 – Astorga – Santiago de CompostellaDay 4 – Santiago de Compostella – Vigo – (N304-1)Lindoso –…

Adiós

With about 7 hours left on the ferry I am pondering, reflecting, thinking. Have I enjoyed my mini adventure? Immensely! Memories made. 29 years ago I traveled across Europe by rail with two close friends. One of which is sadly no longer with us in person. I wish I had kept a journal. The memories…

Some bullet points …

General Always check your passport!! Learn the road signs of the country you are traveling in It is safer to ride on the correct side of the road You really don’t need many clothes or much else to be honest Travel lighter. Books – use a kindle instead (I have read 10 pages of my…

Gatos y perros (cats and dogs)

The predicted rain started about 20 minutes into my journey. Basically a straight line along motorways through Valladolid to Santander. Now with lashing rain. With little to focus on, the rain, wind, cold, thoughts of work, tax bills and corrupt, disenguinous government all start to darken the mood. I can feel the black dog nipping…

The road to Salamanca and the close shave

I am not proud. I strolled into breakfast with a sandwich bag full of English tea bags asking for agua caliente. I was desperate. Two brews down and I was ready for the day. Before leaving I asked the proprietor where she was born. Portugal she said. I followed up by saying that she sounds…

Three little ducks …

Braga was cool and damp as I left. Better watch out for slippy roads. As today’s mission was to ride the infamous N-222 (one of the worlds best roads apparently), I head straight for it just east of Porto via the toll motorway. Approaching the toll barriers there are cars on my left. They are…

Crossing Borders

Leaving Santiago was odd. I didn’t want to leave. It is so lovely. However, a journey is not a journey if you stay in the same place. Given the time limitations I thought I would blast down to Vigo on the motorway, about 6 euro for the privilege. All good until, unlike the forecast suggest,…

The Rain in Spain … And getting dry.

It started well. Black tea and cold milk with breakfast. Checked out and headed North. Stopping for petrol and making use of the jet wash. A few stared with a puzzled look. Fairy liquid and a tooth brush to scrub the oily back tyre before giving it a hose off. I left them to wonder.…

Room 101 and the Guardia

I woke up this morning and saw blue skies. I thought a trip on the cable car in the Picos and then head to Astorga the long way around would be great. As I was leaving I noticed my room was 101 (see George Orwell for explanation). No tea at breakfast was surely the worst…

Picos de Europa …

Leaving the ferry was quite uneventful. Headed out on the local roads to get used to the steering wheel being on the opposite side. The mountain roads towards the picos are tiny, twisty roads, smoother than a teflon coated smooth thing. Better suited to cyclists, or motorcyclists who can actually ride properly. Besides being held…

Riding the waves and the ups and downs of life

The ferry got very hairy. Quite amusing watching drinks flying off tables and people walking like they’ve been on the mamba, until that is you would like to sleep. A long term regular passenger (truck driver) said to me it was pretty bad. Much calmer this morning thankfully. A bit of inside info for you…

Preparation H

‘H’ as in Honda 😉 Yesterday I fitted some crash bars. I know I should think positive, however riding on to ferries and short legs are a potential recipe for a messy start. I also gave the Honda a coating of ACF50. An oily rust inhibitoring coating, used in the aviation industry, that will protect…

Spain on the brain …

After coming to the end of long stressful hours for a significant period at work and needing to take unused holiday my fabulous wife says “why don’t you nip off on your bike somewhere?” I thought that a week’s camping in say Ireland on my 20yr old CBR 600 f4 would be great. However the…

Why …

The world is a crazy place. We are bombarded with information from all angles (by design). Driven to distraction. I needed an outlet. To focus on what makes me happy. I love motorcycles and traveling. Most the people I know are not interested in motorcycles so it is a solo interest. So, I will mostly…


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