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28 November 2010
As well as visiting friends in and around Brno I want to make the Czech MotoGP my big race of the year.
On the way out towards Czech I have been looking at Youth Hostels (http://www.djh.de/) and budget hotels on the Internet.
The first couple of days are about 300 miles, but we have all day to do the mileage and then a load of shorter days.
- Home to Bochum (Germany) and stay in Formule 1 (booked).
- Bochum to Colditz. Stay two nights in YH (booked) which is actually the famous WW2 Castle. Castle tour in the morning.
- Colditz to Liberec. Stay in Hotel Orion (booked).
- Liberec to Brno via Hradec Kralove where I hope to see my friend Rosta Kříž.
- Brno for the GP and stay with my friends, Lilka and her Family, in Popuvky near the circuit.
I'm leaning towards the S23 (with a quick turn along SportovnÍ in Zastávka to see my old flat) route from Brno as far as it goes and then into the Šumava and across into Germany.
24 November 2010
Planning to meet some other club mates at the layby opposite the Oakdene Cafe to leave by 0830 to ride across to Hulvington to make our slot.
17 November 2010
The wiring harness is long enough to reach the back seat and the straps that velcro under the seat look a bit short but fit okay and should fit either GS seat.
16 November 2010
On the Halve Maan website it looks pretty much like a blond beer.
But as you can see this bottle is definitely brown or at least a brun.
The beer is very malty in taste and at 7.5% ABV it packs a punch, although it doesn't have the accompanying bitter or strong taste of many strong beers.
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|When I was a kid it was called bonfire night. The main event was the culmination of months of hoarding wood and going on scavenger hunts to find burnable materials. Even the Guy was made from real old clothes, packed with newspaper and if we could get it, horsehair packaging from old sofas.|
No one thought of the health and safety implications except Dads who kept the fireworks in a biscuit tin and had all the fun of lighting them.
And were bangers louder then that now?
Remember remember the 5th of November.
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The harbour area is a mass of cafes, restaurants and gift shops. With the Garmin not working and the deadline of the Shuttle ahead of us we reluctantly set off.
Finding the Pont de Normandy was easy enough as it is signposted, and with there being to wind it was a joy to ride across.
From here it was a motorway run all the way back to Coquelles and onto the Shuttle. Just one stop for petrol and as it was BH Monday the roads were busier mainly with British holiday makers on their way home. We bought some baguettes and made another stop at an Aire to eat them.
All in all the trip was very good and the ride along the Invasion beaches is one I can recommend to anyone.
We were going to park at Seabrook but saw the car-park was empty. The reason? You have to pay now.
The same is true for all the car parks in Shepway that are near the sea! All it will do is fleece the holiday makers and make more cars park along the roads. Let's see the proloferation of yellow lines soon.
We had a turn around Enbrook Park and took a few pics and then after a saveloy and chips we headed off home.
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Terry recently stepped down and I put my name forward again. The BMW Club asked me to do the job f or the next 12 months.
Okay I don't have experience of riding the Long Way Round. I am not an actor or his mate. I am not called Sanders.
But I do have over 25 years of organising rides and holiday trips for the Suzuki Owners Club. As well as the Invader Rally, I have about 125 events to my name.
Over the last two weekends I have organised and led two successful runs to France for the SOC and around Kent for the GS Register.
So where do we go from here?
Saturday is football at Folkestone. So what about Sunday?
A ride on the GS to satisfy both me and Claire. Maybe a National Trust place?
Not too far away. That's limiting us a bit but Sheffield Park might be okay.. Gardens for her and steam trains for me.
Let's see what forth Mother Nature brings!
As well as no increase on the basic price, the club have refunded the cost of the 26th game that we didn't get to see at the Emirates.
So this year for the absolutely cheapest seats in the stadium it is the mind boggling amount of £893.
I'm lucky that I share my seat with another guy and we do 13 games each plus any Carling Cup games that are charged extra.
But, it is still a big wedge.
Sadly the route misses out a section I was looking forward to, across the mountains between Tregaron and Abergwesyn. When we did it many years ago it was too dark to check out the scenery and the enjoy the fords!!
I'll have to check a bit deeper to see if we are going through Llanddewi Brefi, home of Daffyd, of "the only gay in the village" fame.
After the Rally finishes in Castle Caereinon (also where it started!) we go our separate ways. I want to set off back towards London and looked at another youth hostel but in the end fell for the charms of a Travelodge in Walsall. Okay, maybe it's not that splendid sounding, but it is only £12 a night!!
As in 2006, Sunday morning it's up bright and early (not!) for the ride to London to see the Arsenal's last game of the season. In 2006 it was the very last game at the old Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. This year it will be less of a "must be there" experience as the 2009/10 season fizzles to a close at the Emirates Stadium against Fulham.
28 April 2010
The WNR kicks off this year at 0830 from Castle Caereinon near Welshpool on May 8th. Once again this year it will be a day time only rally. I didn't say daylight rally!
The last time I did the rally was with Dave Clark in 2006, and we did the north Wales loop that went as far as LlanfairPG on Anglesey. It was a later start back then and so the mileage had to be compressed into a shorter time. By the time I got to my hotel at the M6 Services formerly known as Hilton Park it was after midnight and I was a little sodden.
This year there are three of us. "The Three Amigos" are Andrew, me and Steve Hazlehurst. Once again I have merely toyed with planning a route and have left it to Andrew again. The route he has come up with for us to enter the Platinum Award plus Dragon Award takes in a more southerly route this time. It's a while since wew went south.
My plan is to have the day off on Friday and ride up to Coalport near Telford to stay in the Youth Hostel. The others will meet me there.
The hostel is housed in part of the old china works and from the picture looks pretty different to many I have stayed in across the years... http://www.yha.org.uk/find-accommodation/heart-of-england/hostels/Coalport/index.aspx
I'll write up the weekend when I get back.
It will be the first of two finals that will feature Invicta.
I hope to be at both games!!
Grass roots local football with all the passion on the terraces that would shame 99% of Premier League clubs.
Invicta shouldn't have been there though. As the side that have won the most games in the division they should have been Champions after last week's draw with Croydon. Instead they were penalised with a ten point reduction for going into administration.
How docking points does anything more than kick a dog when it is down is anyone's guess. Why should the loyal supporters and the players be penalised? In the current economic climate we should be supporting clubs and the communities they represent.
Invicta have teams right through from small boys to the girls team to the youths and the Ryman side. They even have a side for the disabled.
It's a shame that those in charge of football in this country are so out of touch with the game they make a living out of. Maybe it is time we cleared out all the old tossers at the FA? Get rid of the parasites that jet round the world at the game's expense.
And use the money to support the grass routes instead.
Another source of income would be for the glory hunters who despite buying the latest Manchester United or Chelsea shirt never actually go to a game, and couldn't put a pin in the city where "their" team play on a map, got off their arses and went to a local non-league game once in a while.
In the end the game swung from end to end with Invicta taking the tie on penalties.
Harsh on the night for Leatherhead. But to be fair they were 5th and a long way back on points after the regular season finished.
One of the joys of getting old is being eligible for OAP or senior citizen discounts. My ticket is £15 where any adult up to 59 years a...