So another weekend, another multi day trip planned...
This time Geoff & I decided to get out on our bikes with a plan to test out some new kit, check out some new lanes and just go for a ride around the Northern Counties. It was a little bit of a repeat of the 4 day trip I did a few month's back, but with a day knocked off and a load of new B roads and lanes to see where they took us.
The Coyote's sit really well on the bike and remove the need for straps across the seat as their horseshoe shape means they don't go anywhere anyway. Again very solid on the bike, a bit more of a pain to pack, with a little bit of wasted space, but as this was first time using them, we'll see whether that changes. In cold weather the fabric is stiff which makes the zip a pig to do up!
We had decided to go to Danny's at Haggs Bank Bunkhouse to catch up and have a gossip, so we rode a few lanes to get there, settling in really and all on familiar ground for both of us. We found Danny in a digger flattening loads of ground for a new caravan, so after a cuppa, we pitched our tents and headed out onto the local lanes to enjoy the sunshine!
|Early morning views!|
|Great camp spot|
|looking up the valley|
Mike left us just south of Hexham to head back as we'd killed him off energy wise, so we continued on our way playing on the lanes and enjoying the fabulous views unfolding around us. We dipped into a valley on a winding tarmac road that was just stunning, Muggleswick is a village in the northern part of County Durham and it was stunning, a real backwater, with lots of history by the looks of some of the ruins in the bottom of the gorge. Well worth a revisit I reckon.
Bowes Musuem, a really impressive building and grounds, along with the Egglestone Abbey ruins where we stopped for a bit to just enjoy the atmosphere.
We rolled into Reeth around 5pm, passing a mountain rescue team who were heading upto the edge above Reeth to rescue someone who had collapsed. We also passed a group of guys in 4x4's climbing to the top. they looked to be having fun despite the fact that the guy in the oldest Landy was a bit of a grumpy old git to me!
We spent the evening changing tyres for John, so he could come out with us the next day on his lovely KTM 690 Rally and in the pub having dinner and a beer or two!
|Toilet with free toiletries and flowers!|
We bumped into a bunch of lads from both Northumbria and the Teeside TRF groups, so a good gossip was had there all round. They ended up with a poorly Suzuki at one point so never made the cafe in time for a proper catch up, which was a shame.