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  1. Iceman

    Iceman Elite Member

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    A friendly bikers café on Tuesday evenings, it is based at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis near Milnthorpe, it started the bikers friendly nights about 4 weeks ago, this was my first attendance as I have been away in Switzerland, it started to get busy as I had to leave early, the food is basic but good, and very good value, a tea is £1.50 with free refills, it has a friendly atmosphere in a nice part of the world. Ride safe all from an ageing Rocker.

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  2. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    That looks like a great place, @Iceman, and like a very good location to have biker friendly nights. Those seem to be far and few between now where I live. There used to be a number of them but not so much now. I miss that type of event. Hope you ca make it back to this one!
     
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  3. steve lovatt

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    That looks a pretty decent location for a bike meet. Just over 2 hours for me to get there by the scenic route! :cool:

    Look @Sandi T, we're almost at the narrowest part of England here - it would only take around 2 hours 38 minutes to ride from one coast to the other.
    (The knife and fork symbols are biker cafes marked on Google maps)
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  4. andypandy

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    Just over two hours for me, about 74 miles going the scenic route or a bash up the M6 :cold_sweat::cold_sweat:.
     
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  5. Dawsy

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    Only found out about this fortnight ago, about 1 hour from me but not had chance to get there yet. Looks good though!
     
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  6. Iceman

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    The food and drink are expensive in Switzerland, a coffee is £9,still I knew from past trips that everything is dear. This time we were based at Murren, pushed it out a bit and stayed at the hotel Eiger. A few sample photos.

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  7. Tigcraft

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    It’s all starting to sound like a very budget GMU with all the interest in time taken n distance to get there!!
     
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  8. andypandy

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    Maybe a MMU Eric.
     
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  9. Sandi T

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    As someone living in the American West, it seems amazing that you can drive across England in just over 2 1/2 hours! Your post got me curious about what the distances are just for my state of Arizona. Here's what I found. Loved your map, BTW, Steve! :) Interestingly, we can get to another country--Mexico--from Tucson in less than an hour.

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  10. Sandi T

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    Spectacular, @Iceman! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. :heart_eyes: Love that walkway on the side of the mountain but I'm not sure how I'd feel about it if I were actually standing on it. :eek:
     
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  11. Sandi T

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    Mini Meet-Up, Andy?
     
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  12. andypandy

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    Got it in one ! :D
     
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  13. Iceman

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    Hi Sandi. There are lots of new additions since my last trip, I have climbed extensively in the Alps in the past, my one regret is not climbing the Matterhorn when the opportunity was there, alas it is no longer an option, however you move on and do what you can as long as it's enjoyable. There looks to be some fantastic roads in your part of the world, I love the tight twisty dry stone walled roads in my part of the country, must be the feeling of closeness to rock that does it. I'll post some more pictures as I download them. I love going to different bike meets, it's interesting talking to people, it never ceases to amaze me the journey that got them into biking, and their previous/current employment. Ride safe all from an ageing Rocker.
     
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  14. Pegscraper

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    I guess living in a State and a Country so big does present problems when your nearest dealer/supplier/specialist etc could be hundreds or potentially thousands of miles and many hours travelling away but I like the idea of being able to ride/drive over 3000 miles without turning round. Living roughly in the centre of our overcrowded island I could be at either end of it in several hours, traffic permitting and in another country, Scotland (Oooo, controversial!:p:joy:) in around 2 1/2 hours. Being a keen outdoorsman, I also find the vast untamed areas of wilderness of North America and Canada quite appealing. Not sure I could cope with the air frying temperatures of Arizona though!:joy:
     
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  15. Sandi T

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    Thanks, @Iceman! I'm with you when it comes to going to different places and evens and talking with people. Yes, I love to hear about their bike stories and adventures and just kind of who they are. I find all that so fascinating. Must be why i got into psychology in the first place. Now I love it connected to riding adventures in particular and traveling in general. I have similar conversations with other divers when we do scuba trips.
     
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  16. Sandi T

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    #16 Sandi T, Jul 8, 2023
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    Yes, @Pegscraper, I do love the vastness of my country, especially so the West. Steve and I were recently back in Ohio visiting his mom and family there and the flatness of land and closeness of trees made me feel rather claustrophobic within a couple of days. I always feel more at home when I return to the wide open spaces of Arizona.

    I have learned to deal with the temperatures here though it does get a bit old as the summer progresses. But having grown up in Minnesota, I'll take 110ºF over --30ºF any day! Even on the hottest of days one can do something outdoors in the desert if you get up early enough. In Minnesota you're indoors for the most part of about five months!

    Steve and I have toyed with the idea of moving to an island (because I love scuba diving as much as I love riding!). But I always come back to what you've described it to be like--particularly when it comes to riding motorcycles. As much as I love the ocean and its vastness, I think the closeness of the land would give me that same claustrophobic feeling as living in a forested flat area.
     
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  17. Pegscraper

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    After my first of many IOM visits for the TT & MGP I really fancied retiring/moving over there but several TT's/MGP's later I started to realise that I would some become bored riding the same roads over and over again and to venture further required a boring and expensive ferry trip. Better IMO to look forward to doing it once or twice a year which makes the place more special, unless of course I had £millions stashed away, which I don't!:sob:, to take advantage of their tax laws.
     
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  18. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    Into psychology in what way, @Sandi T ?
     
  19. Iceman

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    From memory I think it is is Sandi's career, although Sandi would need to confirm that.
     
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  20. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    It’s my profession! I have a PhD in Educational Psychology, and I am a School Psychologist working in a K – 12 school district. :)
     
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