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Old 07-17-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Let's start getting some photos posted from our recently concluded 2014 EuroBARF. This time last week we were coming back from the Isle of Man where we'd seen Guy Martin win the solo championship of the Southern 100 by .001 seconds! Exciting stuff!

First, re-united with my UK Versys. Gawd, I love this bike!



This was at Staiano's in Harrogate, where it had just gotten an oil and filter change, a general inspection, and a set of braided brake lines for this year's ride. All of this was orchestrated by my friend, Stuart. Some of you know him, and those who don't are poorer for it. Quiet, smiling man who rides like the effing wind!

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On Sunday, July 6th, George and Kevin came up to my sister-in-law's house in Knaresborough so we could meet up and kick off this year's EuroBARF. Our first order of business was to walk down to the local high street and join the rest of the crowd in waiting for the second stage of the Tour de France to pass by. I'll try to post some video later. The town as all decorated and the crowd was enthusiastic, and the pre-peloton procession was nearly endless. We were stood outside a pizza/kebab shop, so we enjoyed a pizza while we waited.

Some vid from the TdF, starting with the lead break coming through Knaresborough.


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2-1/2 minutes later the peloton passed by.


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As you've no doubt heard, the actual racing is past you very quickly, so we took the opportunity to head out of town in the opposite direction of the TdF, and headed into the North Yorkshire Moors (think Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights). The trick in the Moors is not just finding the little roads, but finding the little roads that come down off the tops of Moors and meander around the tight valleys and tiny villages. The roads on the tops are open range for sheep and goats, and the roads going between the tops and the valleys are some of the steepest you'll ride, often greater than 20%!

We came to ride, and I know I didn't get that many pictures, but maybe Kevin and George will have more.

Stopped out on the Moors.



The view off to the north under sodden skies.





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Our whole time out on the Moors I kept telling Kevin and George that we were heading to Whitby. The thing is, we never got there. Eventually we had to stop for gas/petrol in a town called Saltburn-by-the-sea, a ways west of Whitby, and we had to start heading back towards Knaresborough for dinner, so George and his GPS went into the lead, using the settings for curvy roads and no u-turns.

We ended up on a road I'd heard was good, but I didn't realize how good. The B1257 is a rollicking good time, looking and feeling like a great British rural road from days when the roads weren't so crowded. Sort of like something Mrs. Peel would have ripped down in her Lotus in an old Avengers episode. Great stuff! If you're ever nearby, give it a try.

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Monday, we met up with Stuart and his friend, Mark for a big day out in the Lakes. We got rained on a bit while pounding westward towards Cumbria, but things cleared up before our first coffee/tea break at the Devil's Bridge, and we had good weather the rest of the day.

We made our way to Coniston Water, site of the Donald Campbell's fatal attempt at a water speed record. The cafe where we had lunch is named after his boat (and other Campbell, father and son, speed record machines), the Bluebird.

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I've got to get Stuart over here and take him to the one in Hopland.



After lunch we set out in pursuit of some of the famous passes in the Lakes; Wrynose, Hardknott, and more. None of these are very high, but all of them can be a good challenge. In fact, Hardknott is still the most technically challenging paved road I've ever ridden (sustained grades >30%!). We overtook a rider on an older Fireblade who was clearly getting it wrong. He stopped mid-turn because he wasn't going to make it. This is one of those places where if you stop, you may not get going again - it's steep and rugged enough that you may not even be able to get a foot down. All of us managed to get past him, and keep going.

BTW, all of these passes are often no more than a lane wide, and we were all having to remember to keep ourselves to the wrong side of the road when oncoming traffic appeared around blind bends!

Once we made it to the coast we decided to add Honister and Kirkstone (highest in England) passes to the itinerary. Four big passes made a great day!

Here are some pics taken from the slate mine on Honister Pass.



Looking up towards the mine.



Every English school child's first poetry recital, immortalized on slate.



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Monday had been a good day. For me, the best riding of the trip. Riding with Stuart is always a treat, and getting to ride with him on his home ground is even better.

Tuesday was our day to head to the IOM. Once again, we rode across the country to get from our base in Yorkshire, over to the ferry terminal in Heysham in the county of Lancashire. It was like reliving the War of the Roses. One of our goals for the morning was to stop by our hotel where we'd booked for the evening after coming back from the IOM because George noticed that we needed to be checked in by 11 PM, and we'd be lucky to be off the ferry by then.

We found the hotel, and the desk, and it turned out that the ladies at the desk knew all about the Southern 100, and had strongly held opinions about who would likely win (Michael Dunlop). I love this country! Anyway, we got it pretty much sorted and carried on to the ferry.

I don't have any pictures from our ferry crossing, but maybe George or Kevin do (notice a recurring theme?). I'll post some pics from last year's crossing. The most interesting thing we found while waiting in line was a guy named Steve wearing some well used leathers was riding an RC30 with less than 2000 miles on it! Holy smokes! That's like finding a Porsche 962 to take to watch LeMans!

Coming into Douglas harbor.



When we arrived on Tuesday evening there were already some preliminary races going on down in Castletown, but I was keen to ride a lap of the mountain course, so after checking into the hotel, we went off in search of gas/petrol and a lap.

Evening traffic is pretty heavy in Douglas, so we pretty much crawled down Glencutchery Road, past Quarter Bridge, Braddan Bridge, and even Union Mills. By the time we got to Greeba, I fell in behind a motivated local driving a Mercedes, and noted that when we passed the sign indicating no speed limit, he put the hammer down.



He was carrying plenty of speed on narrow, twisting roads, and I was happy to leverage his local knowledge, particularly coming through the bottom of Barregarrow, where even at speeds less than half of what the racers do, I was a bit puckered up.



My guide pulled off in Kirkmichael, and we continued, getting held up a bit on the way into Ramsey, but just past Parliament Square, the road cleared, and from the hairpin to past Hailwood Rise there was no one in front of me. There are no speed limits from about Waterworks on, though you do need to be aware of oncoming traffic. Cops will still pull you if they think you're riding like a fool, but I didn't see any cops, and I caned the crap out of that poor little 650.

We overtook a farmer on a quad coming down to the Creg, then pulled up to catch our breath and enjoy the evening. Riding back down to Douglas, it was time to hit the local pub and have supper. While there we got to join the locals watching Brazil's utter collapse in amazement on the big screen. I sure didn't expect that! Ask Kevin about his lamb shank.
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Wednesday morning dawned beautifully, and we had all day to check out the island prior to racing starting after 6 PM. View out the hotel window.



We decided to ride the perimeter of the island, so we wandered up the east side through Laxey and beyond, until we reached Point of Ayr, the island's most northerly point.

You can see Scotland from there.



George just has to point out that we're here and you're not.



Next, we headed down the west side of the island to the city of Peel.

Parked up by the harbor.



The harbor is presided over by the ruins of a castle.





You could pay to get in and see it, but the three of us were pretty like-minded - we'd rather ride!

Looking back towards Peel.



Before we left the harbor, being gearheads we had to investigate the lifeboat operation, and its launch and retrieve tractor. Pretty impressive!





We continued our circumnavigation of the island by riding to the southern end where we could see the Calf of Man in the Irish Sea.





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BTW, all of these passes are often no more than a lane wide, and we were all having to remember to keep ourselves to the wrong side of the road when oncoming traffic appeared around blind bends!
I can only imagine how difficult that might be! I don't know that I'd do so well with that but glad you guys DID do well with it!

The Southern 100 looked like a blast to watch, the hills look fun, loving it so far...keep it going!
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