Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Of searching for the best line and back to a favourite spot...

This morning I had to go to Hull once again. Boringly I was in my car. Having said that, it was an early, dark start and the traffic for the first 15 miles was rotten. So, it wouldn't have been much fun on the bike.

Anyhow, I got finished in Hull quickly and was back home in time to don cold weather gear and head out for a ride. I decided to head out to Easingwold and took the back roads. There seemed to be a lot of wet mud on the roads and I found myself constantlty searching for the best line especially around bends, dicatated by the dryest part of the road, which was not necessarily the most natural line.

The roads were very quiet and despite the caution I made good time and was in Easingwold for lunch. Of course I was back at a favourite spot, TeaHee.
Still the best teashop in the world.
The staff are delightful and the 
food is absolutely lovely.

Despite my rather unsocial seating arrangement...
...I did get into an interesting conversation with an older gentleman 
about Triumphs, Honda Goldwings and Harley Davidsons. 
It doesn't matter where you are, if you're on a bike someone 
will want to talk about bikes and their experiences with them.

Then it was a return to York via the A19 which also was very quiet. Opened the bike up and blew out a few cobwebs. Back in York I popped round to see Dave Cuddy, proprietor of Ride-4-Life who I did my training with earlier last year. He has just bought himself a brand spanking new 2014 Harley Davidson Fat Bob with Stage One, Sceamin' Eagle exhausts the lot. What a beaut, and it sounded just as it should. Of course I'm not a bit jealous! 

Friday, 10 January 2014

First ride of the year...

Well, the rain did indeed stay away, and as I had promised myself the bike came out of the garage. Took a few minutes of battery charging to get it started but ran smoothly when it did.

Tyre pressures checked and corrected, chain lubed and lights all checked. Then it was off for a glorious thirty odd miles on practically deserted roads.

This point where I stopped nearly at the end 
of the  ride is only about a mile from my home.
As you can see from the puddles the roads
were pretty damp and the ride was quite
twitchy at times. There are a few stables around
the area too, so you have to watch out for
the piles of wet manure in the road. 

These back roads just to the north of York
are a joy to ride, especially when they're so 
empty, which at this time of year they almost 
always are. A bit different around sowing and
harvest time when the tractors are about.

The narrowness of the roads and high hedges mean 
you sometimes need a bit of courage to 
keep the speed up. Good for the adrenal gland!

And a lovely winter sunset to boot!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Of cold wet winter days and still dreaming...

January the 9th and I haven't been out on the bike yet this year. In fact I haven't been out on it since my last post. Of course the weather has been a major factor but combination of work, academic catch-up and some Church & Chaplaincy duties through Christmas have played their part in keeping the bike in the garage.

Well, the weather, although still cold, is set to be mainly dry over the next two or three days here in the York area (although we know how quickly that can change). So, tomorrow, all being equal, the cover will come off the bike and out it will come.

The legal stuff re head etc still slowly rolls on. Frankly I'm sick and tired of it and just wish it was over and done with. In the mean time I'm still holding on to my dream...
Just stunning!