Monday, 26 May 2014

A bike, a bike, my kingdom for a bike!

This is where I have just spent ten days. Lovely island with beautiful scenery and friendly locals. Lady wife and I stayed a few miles west of the capitol Heraklion. We travelled around a bit visiting, among other places, Heraklion, Reythimno and Aghia Nikolaos. We travelled along the E75 which is a fairly new road running along the north coast from Sitia in the east to Hania in the west. The road has loads of sweeping bends and twisty bits as it runs through the hills and lower mountains. Alas, we travelled on four wheels, a hired Fiat Panda to be precise. Lady wife is not keen on the idea of pillioning. I know how King whoever it was felt when he was so desperate for a horse that he would have given his kingdom for one. It's on the future to do list, to go back and hire a decent bike and ride the whole road. Actually it may be an even better idea to ride the entire E75 route across Europe from Norway to Crete. I gather it's a trip of over 3,000 miles. That would be cool!

Back home to rain early hours of Sunday. Sun came out today though and so did the Triumph. What post holiday blues?  

Monday, 5 May 2014

It's what Bank Holidays are for...

Bank Holiday Monday and my wife is working. Good weather, what should I do? Hmmm..... Bit of a no brainer really. Quick ride over to my Dad's for a chat and coffee then off to Helmsley. Loads of bikes on the roads and as usual plenty ended up in Helmsley...

My old Triumph may have been one of the oldest 
bikes there, but I reckon it can still hold its own.

I've never known a day like it for picking up insects. I was glad I'd chosen to wear the full face helmet.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

A view worth stopping for...

It has been quite a while since I last posted. That's not because I haven't been riding. In fact I've taken every opportunity to get on the bike. I've just been really busy. Of course, being a church minister meant that the lead up to Easter was rather busy and so was the day job. Throw in to the mix a week away as chaplain to Air Cadets on their Spring Camp at an RAF base in Lincolnshire and having to prepare some academic work meant I haven't had a lot of time to sit down and create a post.

Yesterday was a lovely sunny day and after getting back from taking my wife to her horse riding session, in the car unfortunately, I had a quick cuppa and then it was out on the bike.

The journey to where my wife rides takes us through a village called Crayke which sits picturesquely on one of the few hills to be found in the Vale of York. The views from the top of the hill are spectacular. So I decided to ride back out there and get some photos. What I should have done is taken my camera as the photos which I took on my mobile don't do the view any justice at all and unfortunately a slight haze had developed. But I hope you get an idea of why it is a view worth stopping for...

I've also recently bought a Veho Muvi HD action video camera. I just need to get a suitable helmet or chest mount and I'll start posting some vids of my rides around this part of the world.