Motorbiking

"Biker" for me usually means motorbiking, though I also have a Marin mountain-bike...

My current motorbikes are a Honda CBR600RR ABS 2017 and a Kawasaki Ninja Z250.

Previously I have owned: Honda CBR600RR 2005, Honda CBR600RW, Honda VF750F, Yamaha FJ600, Suzuki GSX750EX, Yamaha FJ750, Yamaha XJ900, Kawasaki Z750 and I passed my riding test on my Kawasaki KH250.

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pain au choclate on my bike

Not an artisan boulangerie in Provence - just a supermarket in Workington, Cumbria - but it’s been too long since I enjoyed a fresh pain au chocolat on my bike on a ride out from Marseille.
Photo made with the assistance of a chatty local R1 rider.

Wrynose Pass, Lake District National Park
Road to Wrynose Pass - Little Langdale. Langdale Pikes (736 m.)  in distance

Wrynose Pass, Lake District National Park
Road to Wrynose Pass - Little Langdale

The through road down the valley of the River Duddon is closed at Seathwaite bridge, which makes the peaceful upper valley even more tranquil than usual as it can be accessed from the upper end only, down from the T-junction at Cockley Beck between the roads to the Hardknott Pass (30%, 393 m.) and the Wryose Pass (25%, 393 m.). The Romans built the road over Hardknott and Wrynose. The current roads here are mostly single-track but sealed so my little Ninja Z250 takes it in its stride even with grass growing through the cattle grids and filling out the numerous potholes and washouts.

More photos: Duddon Valley and Wrynose Pass (25%, 393 m.) - Lake District National Park

Ninja Z250 at Seascale, Cumbria
Seascale, Cumbria

Ninja Z250 in West Cumbria
Ennerdale (in clouds)

A decidedly iffy start but the weather did eventually clear for a fine day’s riding around the west coast of Cumbria.

More photos: Barrow-in-Furness - Seascale - Keswick

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria

Riding round Bassenthwaite Lake, a short tour at the end of my day; the route is a mixture of country lanes between Skiddaw and the lake, then a fast main road, the A66 between west Cumbria and the Pennines. The circuit crosses the lake outflow, the River Derwent, at Ouse Bridge near a lake beach popular with fishermen and a marina. Bassenthwaite Railway station is now a restaurant with a steam locomotive parked prominently outside.

More photos: Bassenthwaite Lake circuit - Lake District National Park

Hardknott Pass, Cumbria
Hardknott Pass (30%, 393 m.). View over Cockley Beck towards Wrynose Pass.

Hardknott Pass, Cumbria
Hardknott Pass (30%, 393 m.)

Mega brill ride round most of the main road passes of the Lake District plus a couple of lakes. These passes are steep (20-30%) and most are single track roads with passing places through open moorland with sheep grazing. So different challenges to the passes in the Alps and the little bike does them well.
This was the route of my tour: starting at Keswick and Derwent Water, then Honister Pass (25%, 356 m.) - Newlands Hause (333 m.) - Whinlatter (318 m.) - Blakeley (Cold Fell) (293 m.) - Hardknott Pass (30%, 393 m.) - Wrynose Pass (25%, 393 m.) - Kirkstone Pass (20%, 454 m.) - Great Mell Fell (343 m.).

More photos: Lakeland road passes: Hardknott - Honister - Kirkstone etc

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En route from Marseille to the Alps

I'm riding light for a week on the mountain roads of the Alps. No laptop, although I do have my SLR camera but photos will have to wait till I'm back in Marseille..

I left Marseille for a long ride north via the Col de la Croix Haute (1179 m.) to Saint-Gervais under Mont Blanc. A bit of rain towards the end of the day which cleaned the Provence dust off my white leathers and boots but didn't soak me through.