14 Aug, 2011

London to Frankfurt


Needed for a week in Germany means an opportunity for a great ride from London and Frankfurt and back. Leaving London for a Saturday afternoon chunnel crossing to Calais, and it couldn't have been easier. First time using the eurotunnel and it was great. Even arrived a bit early and was ushered straight onto the [...]

London to Frankfurt2014-10-21T13:35:53+11:00
25 Apr, 2011

Easter in The Lake District


This weekend we headed up to Ambleside in the Lake District to get out of London and do some walking. Tim and I took the opportunity to ride up, leaving after work on Thursday to travel to Leicester, and then through the Peak District and up to Ambleside on the Friday. Tim had hired himself [...]

Easter in The Lake District2013-07-10T01:24:47+10:00
31 Mar, 2011

Wedding anniversary ride to Bath


Midweek holidays are definitely the way to go. And all the better making it a ride out! […]

Wedding anniversary ride to Bath2013-07-13T23:43:26+10:00
17 Oct, 2010

Off-road skills


What’s more fun than riding a motorbike along country roads? Riding it off-road of course. I was off to Wales this weekend for a Friday/Saturday off-road skills course on the border of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Leaving work for the ride into Wales on Thursday was a nightmare. London traffic was a killer and [...]

Off-road skills2017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
30 Aug, 2010

Highlands of Scotland


Over 1400 miles in 6 days through Lakes, Lochs, Highlands, Moors and Peaks. It’s always exciting getting packed for an adventure, and for the next 6 days we will be atop the mighty bumblebeemer for a loop up the west coast of England into Scotland’s highlands and back down the east coast to London. London [...]

Highlands of Scotland2012-11-21T22:21:44+11:00
7 Aug, 2010

Isle of Wight sailing


600 miles on the clock in the first week, first service done, and now it time to put a few more miles under the belt with a trip to the Isle of Wight for Cowes Week 2010 sailing regatta. To make the most of the opportunity I headed down on the Bumblebee... mer after work [...]

Isle of Wight sailing2017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
24 Jun, 2010

Wimbledon 2010


Today we were off to Wimbledon. After entering the ballot for tickets last year, we managed to get ourselves tickets to the Court 1. And what a great day it was turning out to be. The temperature was in “heat wave” territory for the UK at 27 degrees, and the sun was shining. The perfect [...]

Wimbledon 20102017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
20 Jun, 2010

Sasha learns to ride


After almost 2 years of scooting around, Sasha has finally made the time to learn to ride a real bike. Over the weekend, she hired a manual Honda CGF125 and we headed out for some test rides. Hurdle number 1 was getting the bike to a location suitable to learn (read: crash) which meant I [...]

Sasha learns to ride2017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
29 May, 2010

Ride to France?!


Today we started with an early 5:45am start in Portsmouth for the ferry to Le Havre, on the Normany coast of France. Stayed at the Portsmouh Travelodge which is the optimal place to stay for access to the ferry wharf. With the bike packed, a 45 second ride from the carpark had us handing over [...]

Ride to France?!2012-11-21T22:21:46+11:00
21 Jun, 2009

London to Brighton Bike Ride 2009


This year we did the London to Bright Bike Ride raising money for the British Heart Foundation. It was a great 54 mile ride with some moderate, and one devastating, uphills and long downhills to get up some speed. It started in Clapham Common which is very near our house and the first 20 miles [...]

London to Brighton Bike Ride 20092017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
14 Jun, 2009

Peak District


In June we headed to the Peak District for a camping weekend. We stayed at the Rivendale campsite between Ashbourne and Buxton which is about 3 hours drive from London. On Saturday we did a day walk up on The Roaches which is a rocky outcrop in the lower “white peaks” area of the Peak [...]

Peak District2017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
4 May, 2009

London to Oxford ride


Over the long weekend we rode from home in London to Oxford. The map said it was 99 miles and we were going to tackle it in 2 days.After a bit more of a sleep in they we had planned (you can’t rush these things) we headed off about 10am Saturday morning. Today was going [...]

London to Oxford ride2017-05-22T22:36:06+10:00
13 Apr, 2009

Camping in New Forest and riding on Isle of Wight


With a recent tent purchase, Easter was going to be the time to test it out. We headed to the New Forest, south west from London, for the Easter long weekend.We arrived late Thursday night and set up camp. Within an hour from settling into the tent for the night the rain began. Nevertheless we [...]

Camping in New Forest and riding on Isle of Wight2013-07-11T00:23:11+10:00
15 Mar, 2009

Ride into Kent


After passing my motorbike test at the beginning of March it was time to hire a bike and head out of London to explore the countryside.So I hired a red BMW F650GS (actually 800cc - go figure) and Sasha and I spent a day out on the bike.The day started with brunch at the Windmill [...]

Ride into Kent2013-07-11T00:23:11+10:00
27 Aug, 2007



August bank holiday long weekend and we are off to Wales. We hired a car and headed off to see some of the sights of the Wales countryside.Heading across the border into Wales there was an instant change in the countryside. From the English villages we hit the open green fields of Wales, dotted with [...]