Seven of us decided to take an autumn break before winter sets in.
Booked two nights at The Tan Hill Inn on North Yorkshire moors, highest inn in UK, and what a remote and bleak location, stunning!
Spent a bit of time planning a good riding route "up north" using mainly B roads across Peak district and Nth Yorks moors. It really was a great ride up, one or two stops for refreshments, arriving at pub late afternoon, just in time to put a few beers away and have a laugh with the lads.
Sunday we decided to take a trip to the Lakes, Windemere and Conistone. A fabulous area but rammed with caravan towing trippers. Still the visit to the small museum in Conistone was enjoyable, just to read about Campbells Buebird and subsequent sad crash, very moving.
The route home was planned, taking in some of Saturdays ride up but with a few changes to keep the interest going.
On the Yorks moors i noticed something odd with the bike, bloody rear wheel bearing! only done 2000 miles, bit of an Africa Twin achilles heel. We did a bit of head scratching, then one of the lads remembered an old trials riding mate has a garage in Kettlewell, just 8 miles down the road!
A steady ride to his workshop and he came up trumps with the right bearing, soon got it fitted and away we went.
Riding a bike is'nt just about the views, it's also the smells, as we passed a cottage on the moors i noticed the aroma of a log fire, very emotive, a reminder winter is on its way, the point of the trip.