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Peter Genet

Gentleman Biker of Cricklade

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August 2017

Popped to St David’s and ate bug burgers!

Yes, would you believe it, we popped to St David’s, Pembrokeshire, and ate some bug burgers for Sunday lunch! Mealworms, black ants and fried crickets provided us with a meal to remember!

 

 

 

 

 

We ate at Dr Beynon’s bug farm just outside of St David’s.

Just one of the things we got up to over the summer!!

Mustn’t forget we were camping there and St David’s was a very nice place to be! When the sun was out, it was stunning!

St David’s Cathedral
Gorse and heather around the headland

 

 

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Picking daisies!

Looking forward to receiving this DVD from Mike Waite. Have seen it before and he provides some really good advice on positioning amongst other things!  The phrase that really sticks out is “Picking Daisies”! Still makes  me chuckle now!!

Picking Daisies!

Mike served in the Dorset Police for twenty years and as a police motorcycle instructor it was his job to train officers to the very highest level, from standard to high-speed pursuit riding.

 

Nice Sunday morning ride! Because we can!

Nice ride on Sunday with a good friend of mine. Made a change to ride without having a purpose other than enjoying the ride itself. Too often, over the past three-months I’ve ridden to work and back; yes, these rides are enjoyable, but to ride for no reason other than to ride brings back why we ride in the first place!

Sunday was a gorgeous morning. Dry and bright with white fluffy clouds hiding a blue sky behind. We headed up the Fosse Way for a ride I’ve done before. All the way to Moreton In Marsh, turning right towards Oxford, arriving in Chipping Norton and bearing right for Burford and then first left to Bibury. Then Latton and back to our meeting point in Purton Stoke.

The roads were sublime; plenty of straights and bendy bends causing a few challenges. Rolling grass covered chalk hills of the Cotswolds saw us passing through pretty villages and valleys. Even with the speed limit set at 50mph in many places, this did not distract from the overall feeling of the ride.

Stopping only once in Bibury for a brief chat (we were using blue tooth headsets) and drink, we watched some tourists chuck stones at a dead trout floating upside down in the shallow river Coln.

Leaving a packed Bibury full of tourists and their coaches, we headed back home via Latton and Blunsdon. We had to use the dual carriageway in the end, but it was worth it.

A great familiar ride, made all the better of riding it purely for pleasure, and because we can!

No photos unfortunately as I forgot to take my phone with me!!

Thunder and Lightning, very frightening!

What a day it turned out to be! Popped down to the Divine Cafe on the A4 just outside of Calne, and it chucked it down! Hail! Thunder! Lightning! Heavy, heavy rain!  Wouldn’t believe it’s August would you! Then the sun came out and the ride home was superb!

Still, cuppa tea stayed dry!

The only real down side to the rain was I washed the bike only yesterday! Now its bloody filthy! Again!!!

The ride home was nice though. Back up through some narrow lanes, covered in grass and gravel, to Hilmarton and Wootton Bassett!

Route, in case interested! Only a short ride, but it involved a morning of chat with the chaps from Wiltshire RoADAR!

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