Believe it or not the last time I went out for a fun ride was on 27th march in the lovely warmth of Chiang Mai, its done nothing but rain with cold wind added since I returned home on 29th march.
The Harley has only been out twice before this year to get its MOT, however something has gone wrong with the weather and we have had four consecutive days of no rain, its still cold and well below average temperature but at least its riding weather.
Below are a selection of photos taken over the weekend on two separate rides
Fields of rape are everywhere around where I live and like to ride
A tunnel under the Watercress railway line, its a steam train that runs from Alton to Alresford in Hampshire.
Whilst I have not seen the train actually running, a few years ago our building site was within earshot of it and a thunderous noise could be heard whenever a steam train went past plus a large cloud of steam could be observed climbing into the air through the woods
The Sportster actually out for a fun ride on a dry road
What I found surprising was the rivers and streams were not all flooded across the fields
The Salisbury to Southampton line is still diesel out here in the wilds
The Harley dealer in Southampton where my Harley riding experience began six years ago in april 2006
Nothing new in here I fancy, they dont appear to have an XR1200 which is the only other one I could happily ride
Riding back along some country lanes and these cyclists appear to be enjoying themselves and oblivious to the cold, whereas I am wrapped up with six layers on top including thermals and still noticing the chill
On the outskirts of Winchester and lovely countryside
Overlooking the city of Winchester
An army firing range here and best not to go walking when that red flag is flying
Saturday afternoon and I call in at one of our wednesday night meeting points, as its rained every wednesday evening since I got home I guess the cafe must be glad to actually see some bikes here as their trade will be down so far this year
Now to ride home along the lovely twisty 272 which is one of the favourite biking roads around here
Now a few from sundays ride
This bus shelter is nicely hidden in the hedge and unless you know its there you pass it without spotting it
A scenic little short cut along some narrow side roads that bypasses Salisbury
The cafe is full this sunday afternoon
A few old bikes out today
To all those who say the new Bonnies shouldnt have mag wheels take a look at this 1980 bike that had them back then, much better in my opinion
The helmet just doesnt go with the bike
I like the exhausts.
Well it was nice to actually get out in the dry even if it was cold.
To all of you who sometimes complain about Thailands oppressive heat, you dont know how lucky you are not having to put up with the crap weather we have over here in the UK