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July 2014

Bibury burble – again, but with son as pillion

Sometimes its nice to repeat rides. Not that we have exhausted the routes we can take from Cricklade, but to be able to share them with someone else. And that someone was my eldest son Richard.

Yes, he rode pillion on the back of KES; his smile could be seen through the helmet he wore – which happens to be mum’s, but it fits him at the moment.

To cap it all, his best mate, Oliver joined us on the back of his Dad’s bike, who just so happens to be also called Richard.

Its not a long journey this, but a nice little bimble into some very pleasant countryside. With the boys on the back of our bikes we took it easy – even more so than usual. No need to rush anywhere – just father and son’s out enjoying each other’s company doing “boys stuff” together.

Stopped in Bibury for a quick photo shoot and chin wag, then we headed back to Cricklade just before dusk set in.


The route we took followed the original Bibury Burble so I’m not going to repeat it here again.

Must admit, this is an evening I’ll remember for a long time.

Summer morning rides

Its been a fantastic few days with this glorious weather. Sunshine first thing in the morning with air so clean and fresh. The rides in to work have been brilliant! The rides home just as good of course! I’ve varied them a little, but the route I seem to enjoy most is taking the B4040 down to junction 17 of the M4, straight over towards Chippenham on the A350, and then taking the Bristol (East) road, A420, picking up the A46 all the way into Bath.

The route home leaves Bath via Lansdown Road direction and Wick. Heading up the hill onto the A46, but going all the way to junction 18 of the M4. We then head over the junction, still on the A46 which is the Bath road, eventually turning right onto the A433 heading towards Tetbury. Following the A433 still, we head to Cirencester and onto the A419 all the way home to Cricklade.

Either way, these routes have some fast flowing bends with some little trickier technical ones thrown in on the odd occasion just to surprise you! Still get the odd idiot who thinks they are allowed to whizz past everyone else – but as we all know, life would be boring if we were all the same – still, would be nice to see at least one of them end up in a ditch (which actually did happen to some pratt in his Jaguar on a wet day along the B4040 at Charlton – actually, I pulled him out of the car seeing as it was on it’s roof! He was ok, but his brand new Jag was messed up.)

This evening sees a milestone in my life as on my way home I have to pick up my very first pair of reading glasses. Oh well, age finally seems to have crept up on me! No doubt my two boys will ignore this fact when I first put them on to read their school reports!

Wife as pillion!

Wow! What a treat yesterday was! My wife, Sally, got on the back and we tootled off to Fairford to see the Air Tattoo! When we arrived, the Red Arrows were in full flight.

We got back home and encouraged my eldest son, Richard, to have a go. Tentatively he borrowed mum’s gear and hopped on the back.

Took him out along the B4040 to Leigh where we turned left towards Wootton Basset and back home via Purton. He enjoyed it so much that we headed back out to Blunsdon, over to Highworth and down towards Lechlade. From there we headed home via Fairford and Latton. Had a quick blast on the A419 just so he could experience 70mph back into Cricklade.

He loved it!!! What a great day that turned into!!

Honey Knob Hill – you gotta believe it!

Back in the UK and back on KES. Now trying to find alternatives to using the M4 to get to and from Bath.

This morning, headed up to Junction 18 via Tetbury which is a nice run and one I’ve done before. Lots of long sweeping bends with some great scenery too. Yesterday I did use the B4040 to get to Junction 17 but this is getting tedious now. The good news of the day is that KES is running at around 52mpg which ain’t at all bad for a 26 year old 1000cc motorcycle!

Going home can be challenging though as getting out of Bath is often a nightmare. Following routes to Chippenham is a good bet but having to go via Lansdown Road or London Road. What a choice! Though once out of Bath, the roads do get faster.

If we can avoid Chippenham bypass by taking smaller back roads, we will do. Let’s see what happens this evening!

Took the A420 to Chippenham in the end, turning left immediately past the Foley Farmhouse towards Allington. Followed our noses all the way out onto the A350 which got us back to J17 of the M4.

Very pleasant burble through some country lanes – I noticed a sign for a village called Tiddleywink – who’d of thought it! On the map, I’m now curious as to what Honey Knob Hill is all about! Whoever thought of these names – what a great game that must have been one Sunday afternoon in the pub!

Ok, so avoided the M4, but got caught in an incident south of Corston; the queue was backed up to beneath the railway bridge so turned around and came home via Hullavington and Foxely which brought me back into Malmesbury. Just hope no-one was seriously hurt.

Then it was a pleasant journey home along the B4040.

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