Monthly Archives: April 2016

Whirlybirds are Go!

One of those days again — the weather forecast was for rain – sleet and snow!

How wrong can those guys be? We decided to rise above ’em when Lady H said —

‘Bugger the bike – let’s get Robbie out’ —


So out came the Robinson 44 – all the way to Hartside Biker’s Cafe twixt Penrith and Alston where a few hardy souls had ignored the forecast and arrived on two wheels —


Hard to blame ’em —


Who needs a helicopter when we can have views like this across the Lake District direct from the patio —


In fact we could see best part of sixty miles – over Carlisle and all the way down the Solway Firth to Dumfries and Douglas’s Cairn on the 569mts high Criffel Hill – zip past that on the seaward side – dodge the live firing on the Military Range – flick a right up the Dee estuary to the Water of Tarrf and we are home —


Idea! Time to give the Lady H her CBT in Robbie – just need to strap her in – fire her up —


feet on the pedals – two hands on the stick – Stand Well Clear! –

and point her on her way —


Well I hope you didn’t think I’m daft enough to sit in there beside her —


even if I did see her kiss the Buddha for luck in her front garden this morning before we set off 🙂

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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in out and about


Tenere Does It

It was that sort of day – brilliant sunshine from start to finish but still a nip in the air leading me to overdress as usual.

I set out on the Ten around noon with thoughts of heading by Sam-y-ling Tibetan Monastry to St Mary’s Loch but the thought of spending a few miles on busy trunk routes over to Lockerbie before things would get interesting didn’t appeal.

A circuit in Dumfries & Galloway got the nod and my first stop was by the church in St John’s Town of Dalry —


A park bench in the sun down the tree lined approach lane was no hardship and I soon removed the winter lining from my jacket —


as I took in the view across the valley where the flood banks were being rebuilt after serious flooding earlier this year—


A fine run over the hills on the Ayr road took me to Dalmellington where I hung a left onto the hill road to the picturesque little village of Straiton to find the fiesty local population are still fighting a tough battle against the ‘powers that be’ and the current penchant for Wind Farms on every bit of surrounding hillside that will catch a breeze.

No worries – the Buck cafe is still holding out and I was more than ready for tea and a scone at the pavement table in the sun when I reached there —


Suitably primed I caught the thirty mile hill road down to GlenTrool —


where I picked up the main Girvan road to Newton Stewart for a splash of gas —


A lovely way to spend a few hours on a special spring afternoon 🙂





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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Michelin Anakee 3’s

Michelin tyres have usually been my first choice no matter which bike I have been riding and their Anakee 3 hoops are currently fitted to my ’09 660 Tenere —

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I have tried other makes and been impressed with the Metzler Tourance but the wear pattern on the Metzler doesn’t rock my boat so last time round I fitted Anakee’s front and rear —

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My friends at Oponeo offered me a choice of ‘soft’ or ‘hard’. Being a tightwad I decided to sacrifice some grip in favour of better wear. That front has had a bit of hammer on our grippy sou-west roads over the past two years and – unlike some – it is still wearing evenly.

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It’s fairly easy to get out to the tyre walls front and rear and both have been known to let go at times when on her side.

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Just little buttock clinchers so far – nothing too dramatic – unless we get on to the slimy stuff like we did today where the cleats fill up with mud and things can get a bit ‘iffy’ —

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She stayed sticky side down on wet/dry and gravel washed roads as we ran up by Loch Ken and over to Clatteringshaws —

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with occasional blinks of blue skies and sunshine helping to lift the mood —

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but there was the occasional grey cloud threatening —

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Thankfully the rain stayed away and some rock strewn forest roads took the Ten and I over to the picnic spot I was hoping to check out on the lochside in brilliant sunshine —

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Don’t be fooled by the grass underfoot.for she was very greasy on top of the ground as we slid in there and mild enough to bud the catkins on the willows by the lochside —

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All too soon a glimpse of darker skies to the north —

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was enough to see this lightweight saddle up once more and haul ass out of there 🙂


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Posted by on April 5, 2016 in Uncategorized


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