Day 1 Newcastle to er… Darlington (81 miles)

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Newcastle to Darlington. Certainly not as the crow flies! I had hoped to get further on Day 1 but I left so late in the day that it was not to be.

I leave Newcastle during rush hour, okay I’m stuck in a bit of traffic but it feels good to be going somewhere other than to and from work! It’s not long before I’m turning off the A69 and heading onto twisty B-roads. Credit due to the Bike8 team, I’m only a few miles away from my normal weekend ride-out and already I’m discovering great roads that I wasn’t aware of.

The experience is dampened, quite literally, by the foggy weather however; I quickly come to realise  that these are roads I wouldn’t normally use for fun in weather like this, let alone while luggaged up to the teeth! Corners that would normally thrill me are frightening, and corners that would normally test me are terrifying.

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Departure Day

Ready for the UK Road Trip - Blue Futura

Okay, so it’s 16.55 on departure day and I’m finally ready to go! Much later than planned but I should still have a couple of hours riding time before I have to find somewhere to camp.

It’s a grey, horrible day (typical British Summer) with chances of fine weather on the rest of the rtip being remote. I’ve packed a bunch of extra waterproof and warm gear so the bike is really heavy!

Wish me luck!

Ready for the UK road Trip - Aprilia Futura
Here’s what the Aprilia Futura looks like with panniers, top box, tank bag and hammock roll bag mounted.

Inaugural Trip – The Bike8 (slightly modified)

Map of my route and waypoint

Not being quite ready to completely leave my comfort zone, my first ‘big trip’ will be a figure 8 lap around the UK. The Bike8 was designed by the test riders at Bike magazine and incorporates some (maybe most) of the best biking roads in Britain. It’s a properly British 4-6 day motorbike ride, the details of which were published in a supplement (called Epic Rides) in the summer of 2012 – and you can win a badge if you provide evidence of completing the route (Gold for the whole thing, silver for the Northern or southern loop).

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