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After getting addicted to adventure ride reports on ADV Rider.com I decided I wanted some of that! So got myself an Africa Twin and booked a week off work.... unfortunately though the bike turned out to be a bit neglected and I had numerous problems which prevented me from going away! Finally after fixing (most) of the problems the bike was ready to go.... but I wasn't :( Unfortunately I'm stuck with work for at least the next month so on friday lunch time I decided to head off for a short weekend trip to Lands End...

With a borrowed £15 tent from my dad and a trip to Tesco's camping aisle I was set to go :lol:



Dom turned up and we headed off on a slightly boring start of M27 and A35.. boring but neccessary if we wanted to spend more time on nice roads in dartmoor/cornwall and still make it to Lands End!



First scenic area we hit was Dartmoor! Really nice place it is too!




Stopped at a nice little place by a river




After a nice cornish ice cream we headed west towards Lands End!

Almost there and it started raining heavily so we decided to find a camp site quickly, I was hoping to reach Trevedra camp site which was just north of Lands End.. however due to the rain and impending darkness we decided better to find the nearest one and camp up... but first Dom pulled over under a bridge to put on his rain suit! 5 minutes spent faffing about trying to squeeze into that and the rain stopped and the sun came back out :lol: so we decided to head onto trevedra after all...

After a small worry/laughter session and a phone call to my dad I finally found the poles to the tent :oops: Thought I was going to be sleeping under a cold wet bench for a while haha



It was still pretty light so we went for a hike down to Sennen Cove, very very nice place... I took a walk down a trechearous footpath to the beach to get some pics.




A very tiring walk back to the top just in time for the sunset :D



We headed back to camp, then as it was still quite light we first went to the shop for supplies then down to lands end for the obligatory pictures



Other than being able to say "I've been there" Lands End is actually pretty boringly boring... so back to camp for a sandwich dinner (guess who didn't buy cooking equipment??!) and more importantly.... (p.s you know its an adventure when theres a local CostCutters :lol::oops:)



Most of the reason behind me wanting to go touring and get away is because I'm quite stressed with work, the rat race, material things, life in general etc... so I find it very weird that whilst I took my iphone, saturday afternoon with a full charge the phone just completely died.. no explanation, no nothing, it just died completely :( so with my life support machine cut I was completely isolated from "normal" life.

Anyway, slept pretty well except for being freezing cold and uncomfortable :lol: Tesco camping roll mat went in the bin the next morning :roll:

The weather had been excellent all day Saturday and even Saturday night we couldn't complain, woke up to rain in the morning though!



Sunday started with a nice ride up the Atlantic Highway which runs up the coast from Penzance.. past Newquay etc etc... we stopped for breakfast at Boscastle.



Om Nom Nom



Then on to Exmoor... nice place, not quite as nice as Dartmoor but in fairness the roads were really good!





From Exmoor we headed through Taunton, Yeoville then to Salisbury.. some of the roads were good but there wasn't much to take pictures of so mostly riding.. stopped for fuel for bike and for me



then back onto familiar ground



Then home! Not an epic tour by any means but it was bloody nice to get away for a short time and I've got a better idea of what I'll need for my next trip, which should be at end of april for 9 days through wales, snowdonia then peak districts. And also I trust the bike a lot more now as apart from having barely any brakes :lol: it didn't really let me down :) And for once it didn't come home in the back of my van :lol:



And what I find most weird is that about 30 mins after getting home my iphone turned back on and is now acting like nothing ever happened! WEIRD!

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bloody great trip report and worth all the trouble with the bike eh!! welcome to the fold now become a fully paid up member:rolleyes: only joking:toothy9:.

glad you enjoyed it so were next, we have a small meet planned for may bank holiday [1st] hopefully at hampshire wilts border near blandford camping.

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bloody great trip report and worth all the trouble with the bike eh!! welcome to the fold now become a fully paid up member:rolleyes: only joking:toothy9:.

glad you enjoyed it so were next, we have a small meet planned for may bank holiday [1st] hopefully at hampshire wilts border near blandford camping.

Russ
Point well made tramp, I've now subscribed as I had some very useful information in my "argh my bikes bloody broke" thread. :thumbright: It appears to be fully fixed now, just needs a service and new front calipers as I currently have no front brakes :eek::D

As for where next? Well I'm working all over the bank holidays :( need to make some money :( but things should quieten down at end of april so either last week of april or first week of may I plan to ride up through Wales, snowdonia then onto the peak districts then northwards across the yorkshire dales to the lake district.. Not worked out my route home yet, just hope 8 days will be enough time!

First I need to invest in a Garmin GPS , one of these and some other random camping gear!

Once that trips out the way, next up is either Scotland or Europe, not sure yet! Trying to buy a house so Europe might be a bit akward this year...
 

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Glad you enjoyed your trip despite typical Cornish weather. Think I passed you as you came out of Tavistock, heading West. I remember seeing KTM and @ and giving them a flash.:thumbup:
 

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Nice photo's and report if i knew you were at lands end i would have met you and had a pint:thumb::thumb:
 

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After a small worry/laughter session and a phone call to my dad I finally found the poles to the tent :oops: Thought I was going to be sleeping under a cold wet bench for a while haha
Heh. That ohnosecond, that sinking feeling, the relief when you do have 'em.
BTDT, at least for the first two. The GF laughed, but took it well. :oops: :rolleyes:



Other than being able to say "I've been there" Lands End is actually pretty boringly boring...
I had the same reaction to Stonehenge, actually. Nice to be able to say I've been there, but other than that it is a bit of a tourist trap.


Most of the reason behind me wanting to go touring and get away is because I'm quite stressed with work, the rat race, material things, life in general etc... so I find it very weird that whilst I took my iphone, saturday afternoon with a full charge the phone just completely died.. no explanation, no nothing, it just died completely :( so with my life support machine cut I was completely isolated from "normal" life.
Lovely, innit? :D:D:D

Loved the report. Sounds like you got a lot of weekend out of a measly two days. :thumbup:
 

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Glad you enjoyed your trip despite typical Cornish weather. Think I passed you as you came out of Tavistock, heading West. I remember seeing KTM and @ and giving them a flash.:thumbup:
Wow that's weird as I'm pretty sure I remember seeing you too! :thumbright::thumbright: didn't see what bike you was on but I think you might have had a pillion? and your bike might have been red?? Not sure but I saw someone flash me :thumbright:
 

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Sadly its no to both.
Iwas on my gold and silver Varadero, riding solo:confused:
 

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Haha I was close? :D:D

Just googled tavistock and realised thats down in dartmoor, the flash I remember was up near taunton so I'm getting muddled up! I probably did see you and hopefully nodded (I do most the time :D) :thumbright:
 

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Haha I was close? :D:D

Just googled tavistock and realised thats down in dartmoor, the flash I remember was up near taunton so I'm getting muddled up! I probably did see you and hopefully nodded (I do most the time :D) :thumbright:
Tavistock -- remember it well on the National 08.
Lovely little place, great pasties :thumbup:
I think Geoff tried to put me off going there for some reason ????

Anyways, great report, glad you managed to gel with the AT :thumb:
 

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Great report and cracking pics, you should have given everyone a heads up, you might have had company coming out of the woodwork (or from under the tors!) L.E. like most places of its ilk is major tourist crap, last time I was down there I rode till just before you have to pay!!! then did a u-ey and cleared off to one of Cornwalls other great delights.
I suggest you did the wrong part of Exmoor, pick the right route and is cracking comp for Dartmoor (SW has great routes for 2 wheels)
 

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Great report and cracking pics, you should have given everyone a heads up, you might have had company coming out of the woodwork (or from under the tors!) L.E. like most places of its ilk is major tourist crap, last time I was down there I rode till just before you have to pay!!! then did a u-ey and cleared off to one of Cornwalls other great delights.
I suggest you did the wrong part of Exmoor, pick the right route and is cracking comp for Dartmoor (SW has great routes for 2 wheels)
Not sure what route we took through Exmoor but we went across from Barnstaple, think we might have hit the B3223 but not sure.. The roads itself were cracking, best roads of the weekend! But maybe we took a less scenic route as there wasn't as much to see as in Dartmoor. Thoroughly enjoyed it though, will probably end up heading back to Cornwall one day too as I love the coastal locations and coves etc. Still want to find a nice waterfall too!

All weekend I felt relaxed and my mind has never been as clear as when I was stood on the beach on my own at Sennen Cove watching some crazy surfers and the sunset. Now I'm back home I'm back to mind racing all over the place, not knowing what I want and being unable to relax :( all I thought about at work today was what I need to get for the bike for the next trip :D

Wish I was back here :thumb:

 

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Glad you enjoyed the trip Sparks! I only half read your report on BCF then had to do something else and forgot about it. I have to agree Sennon is lovely, my parents and my girlfriend had a good holiday last summer when we [read: my parents] rented a thatched cottage for the week in Sennon Cove it's self. Lovely place and nice and quiet! Glad to see you like the AT, I am tempted to get one but I am sure if I really want one, I don't what I want or need!
 
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