Impression of a 5-day / 1,815km motorbike trip in the South of England 2010

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12 May 2010

Liaison...approximately 450km
325 km, high speed, initially rainy, temperatures around 5 degrees Celsius...
Nieuwegein/IJsselstein (NL) via Belgium to Calais (F) and by Ferry (Seafrance Moliére) to Dover (UK)
Subsequently approximately 125 km following the coast to Bexhill and finding a great B&B and (Fish-)restaurant...

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13 May 2010

The real stuff....280 km. Along the coast from Bexhill via Beachy Head (Eastbourne) and the famous Seven Sisters to a coffee break on the quay of Brighton...Near escape from a parking ticket (no, you can't park your motorbike on the pavement in the UK) before driving to the Castle of Arundel.
Passing Winchester and Salisbury. Admired a sunset at Stonehenge and finally - after a relatively long search - found a Motel in Amesbury and 'a little chef' to get some grub and spend the night...


14 May 2010

Great day again, 320 km, the ususal 09 o'clock start from Amesbury, visiting another great stone circle in Avesbury, to Marlborough. Moving West and than South, crossing the river Avon several times...Coffee, or more or less a 'lunch break' at the Strode Arms in Cranmore. Proceeding via Trowbridge, Frome and Shepton Mallet to the great Fleet Air Arm museum in Yeoville. Found a place stay very quickly this time just north of Weymouth in Aprils Cottage in Nottington. Quick look around in the surroundings of Weymouth Bay (near Preston) and this time finding it hard to locate the strongly recommended Inn for a dinner. Decided on an excellent alternative nearby...   


15 May 2010

Moving West again... 375 km, leaving Aprils Cottage with some reluctance. Nice place to stay... should be at £1,400 a week during the season... and last but not least... there was a great motorbike old timer event on Saturday in Weymouth as well). But basically, we had to get back east to catch the ferry to the mainland again tomorrow morning... Still avoiding the highways.. enjoying the scenery (rapeseed fields in particular), studying the craftmanship of a nice homebuilt bike at a parking and interrupted by a coffee break off course we ended up in the B&B Kent House in Leeds. An attempt to visit Leads Castle failed... too late at the entrance... but we enjoyed a great meal and a Saturday night event with live music in the pub next to the B&B.


16 May 2010

Approximately 390 km, liaison again... Motorway Leeds  to Dover, Ferry (Seafrance Rodin) Dover to Calais (F) and approximately 330km following the E40 to Dunkerque, Brugge, Gent, Brugge, Antwerpen to the A27 in the Netherlands via Breda and Gorinchem. Despite the heavy Sunday afternoon traffic (returning from a beautiful day at the beaches in Belgium) this stretch took us less than 3.5 hours...The generous 130km/h speed limit combined with the excellent tarmac in the north of France definitely contributes to this result...


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26 May 2010