Wednesday, 21 May 2014

May BMF Rally

We traveled down to Nottingham on the Friday and stopped in a Premier in by the canal, very clean almost like new with off-street parking.
A short walk along the tow path to the 'Waterfront' a group of bars including a Wetherspoons,

then just round the corner was the famous Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and Nottingham castle.

A great stop off point and worth spending more time there.
Saturday morning we rode the 50 miles to Peterborough, we left the bikes at the Alwalton Travelodge and they let us leave our kit in one room at 11am, even though check in was 2pm. A short walk through the village to the rally which was better than last year with the inclusion of a new Adventure and Overland Area.
The weather being red hot also helped!
There seems to be less auto jumble but most people want the stalls and attractions anyway.
First person we bumped into was Carl Fogarty who stood with us while and chatted, very peasant and approachable

And some of my favourite bikes from the show

A great ride home in the sun, stopping at Squires bike cafe at Sherburn-in-Elmet, another place well worth a visit, this was a quiet day because of the show and the weather (people would get there later)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Camping at Patterdale in the Lake District

We have just come back from a weekend camping in the lakes the first one on the new bike, the weather wasn't brilliant, but it never rained. If you get two dry days in the lakes you haven't done bad!

We camped at Side Farm which is a great old school campsite, just tents and small camper vans, no electric hook ups, and right on the lake.

It always makes us laugh the people turning up in huge cars and vans with tons of stuff and we arrive on the bike and unpack, tent, chairs, sleeping bags, mats, beer, food and even a BBQ!

We get loads of stares and a few 'how did you get all that on there?'
Prices are reasonable and there's a few pubs nearby and some great walks, very bike friendly and well worth a visit.