Worth a kings ransome
The Kings hunting ground
Gifted to the people in 1922
Italy’s oldest national park
Nestled at the end of the Conge Valley
In Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost he regrets the loss of innocence and in some ways the loss of beauty to sin and greed.
Gran Paridiso is the opposite to that natural beauty returned to the people.
A hot run across the Spanish border
Roads lined this plane trees in the Midi Pyrenees
And on to Carcassonne
Relic of the Cathar Dream
Survivor of the Cathar Wars.
Bastion of the past
Standing on the hill
Survivor of centuries
Weathered wall the keepers of secrets through the ages
The ancient citadel on the hill
The citadel dressed up for the Tour d’ France
It well hold its secrets to the sun sets over it for the last time.
Following the race route
Up and down
Round and round
Towns and villages
Snakes the Tour d’ France course
Through little villages where the French traditional food culture thrives
In the village of Arreau Christmas tree cake
Rich almond batter
Still baked in the traditional way
Over the open fire
Pretty little villages
Full of life and joie de vivre
Pic du Midi
Climb the Col du Tourmalet
In the high Pyrenees
A hard climb for the mighty breva
Let alone a Tour d’ France rider
And above it all the Pic du Midi.
Obsevatory in the sky.
Up where the eagles fly
A birds eye view from the sky
Looking to the Picos de Europa from Potes
The Picos epitomise the mountains of North West Spain.
Views of the Picos de Europa
And for the bike rider. The toads to get there.
And camping camping in the lush green of North West Spain
Gateway to Galicia
Another Celtic nation
The night ferry said goodbye to England
Along the coast of France
Across the Bay of Biscay
The often wild sea a mill pond on this crossing.
The morning brings Spain
Ready to catch the ferry to Bilbao with fellow bikers
Dartmoor National Park neighbours Cornwall
Famous for the Dartmoor ponies
Beautiful patches of forest
Such as Lydford Gorge
And of course beautiful riding across the moors with a stop for a pint along the way.
Back in England
Start of my next motorcycle adventure
Canals a starting theme.
Stone in Staffordshire the starting point for this 3 month tour of the UK and Europe
The shakedown trip north to Skipton in North Yorkshire
An old mill town
A canal town
With Skipton Castle playing a special part in the English Civil war.
But my main reason to travel north was the Moto Guzzi Club Pennines rally.
Meeting new friends and experiencing the welcoming biker culture.
And of course riding through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
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Changes are afoot
ch ch changes
Turn and face the strange
ch ch changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Just gonna be a different man
Time may change me
But I cant trace time (lyrics from David Bowie – Changes )
So changes are the theme of my life at the moment
I have 12 working days left till retirement from full time work.
By mid June I will be back in the UK on the Mighty Breva for chapter 3 of my Moto Guzzi European Adventure
Tracing my Celtic heritage and Celtic history in Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, Brittany and Ireland.
Riding the Haute Pyrenees/Altos Pireneos
becoming more adventurer and less piecemeal
more spontaneous and less planned
more in the moment.
There is a strange mixture of excitement and trepidation coursing through me
from the anticipation
ch ch changes
in front of me