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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2020, 11:01:08 am »
You sure are riding in awesome places... During lockdown I was watching a lot of you tube videos of solo Englishmen travelling the countryside. Camping in the most beautiful rustic places. Enjoying every moment of travelling with their respective series 1 landies.

 It is not just SA that is a beautiful country  :peepwall:

Pity our "brothers" and the people benefiting from them are F-ing up this country  :deal:

Thanks for sharing!  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2020, 08:19:30 pm »
@Clockwork Orange , cool ride. Are you allowed to light a fire at the end of the day and braai?
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2020, 09:27:17 am »
@Clockwork Orange , cool ride. Are you allowed to light a fire at the end of the day and braai?

The UK has tons of stunning camp sites but many will not permit open wood fires. Almost all of them will permit a charcoal braai as long as it is off the ground. On my trip I stayed over in 3 camp sites. one of the 3 allowed open fires. The other 2 only allowed charcoal "barbeques". The other night I was wild camping in a National Park and wanted to ensure I left zero trace to chose not to make any fire.
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2020, 09:52:05 am »
Day 4 - This would be the final day of following the GWT and would take me to St Ives in Cornwall via Lands End. I was really looking forward to this stretch as there are some amazing trails that run along the coastal cliffs. Well the British weather did its thing and it ended up being a very wet ride with thick fog so I did not get to experience the amazing views that one can expect along this stretch.

There was a lot less offroad riding on the final day too but this did not detract from the beauty of the area and the narrow country lanes were still a treat. I made really good time and reached the end destination of St Ives by lunch time. I would have liked to explore the town but no vehicle traffic was being allowed into the town centre due to Covid 19 and with the weather not being great neither, I decided to start heading back homewards. It was a really wet ride through to Taunton where I spent the night with a former colleague from Cape Town. We had a couple of beers and a good catch up and the following morning I set off for  the final leg home in horrible stormy conditions.

I really look forward to returning in the not too distant future to complete the return loop of the GWT between St Ives and Amesbury. I will need need another 5 days to do so.....watch this space. :ricky:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2020, 09:53:17 am »
And the last few
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2020, 06:45:55 pm »
Great stuff Jimbo. Looks like a cracking 5 days.
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #26 on: August 29, 2020, 03:45:36 am »
Great RR! Thank you or sharing. :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2020, 05:35:16 am »
looks really great , pity about the weather , but that is the island, what are the UK rain suits like, never found a water proof one here in SA, I did buy a Vuka suit once was very good but bulky. and I picked up a one piece over there for 10 quid at a 2nd hand bike shop in Ncl, been really good but think the yeti owned it before me qute big., :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #28 on: August 29, 2020, 06:13:16 am »
Lekker trip !

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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2020, 09:18:21 am »
Great stuff Jimbo. Looks like a cracking 5 days.
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Thanks Fudd it was awesome riding :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #30 on: September 01, 2020, 09:22:45 am »
looks really great , pity about the weather , but that is the island, what are the UK rain suits like, never found a water proof one here in SA, I did buy a Vuka suit once was very good but bulky. and I picked up a one piece over there for 10 quid at a 2nd hand bike shop in Ncl, been really good but think the yeti owned it before me qute big., :thumleft:

Its funny you should mention the Vuka rain suite, as I am still using the one that I bought in SA in 2009. It was brilliant but these days it does not actually keep the rain out anymore and I really need to look for a good suite. I don't like the one piece suites as I find it near on impossible to get them on and off. If I find one that works you will be the first to know :ricky:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2020, 12:29:27 am »
Lekker trip Jimmy
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2020, 06:07:58 am »
Nice trip, that place is just to wet and I cannot live in a shoebox!
I would like doing a trip like that though! :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #33 on: September 02, 2020, 07:50:15 am »
That looks like a nice place to ride.  I keep looking at TET on Facebook.  There are so many nice places to ride in Europe as well by the looks of it.  And the thought of being able to buy nice food along the way is quite appealing.
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2020, 09:28:53 am »
Lekker trip Jimmy

Hey Andy, I believe your bike has landed. Lets make a plan to catch up sometime soon :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #35 on: September 02, 2020, 10:59:46 am »
Man Jimmy, such a nice report.  Completely different perspective of the island :thumleft: