Last Sunday, the 14th I had a great day out on the BMW. I had almost come to the point of selling it due to lack of use/time, but Sunday confirmed what I have probably known deep down all along. Bikes are in my blood and I love 'em! But this one in particular. I can't explain it, its just how it is.....so I make no apologies for lots of self indulgent motorbike photo's. (and one or two of the trip)
|All packed, checked and ready to go|
|After a short spell on the M6, it was up and over Orton Scar with the Howgills laid out to the South|
|Minor roads through lots of sleepy villages including Crosby Ravensworth, Temple Sowerby, and Melmerby brought me to Hartside. The early morning mist was starting to clear as I reached the cafe at the summit.|
|Through Alston and onwards towards Haydon Bridge the road crosses the South Tyne here near Langley|
|Having crossed the Tyne proper at Hexham, I stopped near Wall to have a look at a part of Hadrians Wall at Brunton at Brunton a section I've not explored in the past.|
|These four chaps are in front of Wallington Hall, a Natioal Trust property|
|Hello "Beaky"!....I'd arrived at the North Sea at Alnmouth, and it was now scorching!!|
|My loose plan now was to head North along the coast, passing through Boulmer, Craster, Newton, and Beadnell. Seahouses was as usual packed, I passed through to a more peaceful stretch and walked through the dunes to get a view of the Farne Islands|
|Here in Berwick-on-Tweed I could see tha Haar coming in off the sea, but inland all was blue sky.|
|Through the town walls, just the other side (although you can't tell from this picture) all was covered in Haar.|
|A thought provoking sculpture on the harbour wall at Burnmouth. It commemorates a fishing disaster from 1881|
|As I walked round the small harbour at Burnmouth the Haar began to disperse.|
|The geology is very contorted here, the layers of rock on end. Not to friendly to boats of any size.|
|Next stop, Eyemouth. Lots of folk about here, many attracted by the seals in the harbour it seemed, four of them I thought. Home to two lifeboats, testement to the wild North Sea.|
|St Abbs was only a few miles further up the coast, this is the lifeboat staion within the harbour|
|St Abbs is a mecca for divers, drawn here by the clear waters of the Marine Conseration Area. I seemed to be the only person not going diving!|
|I passed through Duns, sadly "The Jim Clark Room" was closed. I shall have to make a return visit.|
|The roads here in the Borders are very quiet and generally well surfaced, so this is the sign I like to see.|
Always proceed with caution mind.
|Here in Kelso my tummy was rumbling....so I sat in the Millenium Viewpoint and had a snack. Looking over the town enjoing the early evening sun.|
|I paused to photograph the abbey in Jedburgh, although the low sun (in the Wrong Place) baffeled my compact camera.|
Perhaps I was in the wrong place? Or in the right place, at the wrong time!
|Down through Bonchester Bridge, past Kielder and through Newcastleton and Canonbie to arrive at Longtown. This is the River Esk.|
|So.....is it ALL about the Bike?|
Well...no, for me its about the journey, the places I see and the people I meet. But the Bike is the last piece of the jigsaw which completes the experience.
It had been a grand day out!