Sunday, May 19, 2013

Helen’s New Boots

Daytona Road Star GTX Helen has been concerned about her current boots since having her ankle operation in April. Due to them only having one zip and requiring to be pulled on and off. She believed that she might aggravate her ankle taking them off whilst we are touring at the end of June.

Daytona Road Star GTX With this in mind she decided to get another pair of boots. She went down to Hein Gericke to have a look, we go there a lot as they have always looked after us throughout the years. In the end she chose a pair of Daytona Road Star GTX boats. She mainly opted for these because they have two zips and are waterproof. They also have a non slip sole which is a minor bugbear about her current Alpine Stars boots. This I can testify to after almost breaking my ankle in 2011 slipping at a castle ruin, when we were touring around the Scottish Highlands.


Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Early run to Hawes

Although the weather has been nice on occasion we haven’t been out on the bikes at all. This is mainly due to me building a goathouse over April and us recently getting two pygmy goats, Branston & Pickle. Helen has also had an ankle operation so she is completely out of the picture for riding at this time.

The weather was nice on Monday so I got up early and headed out on the BMW for a quick run up to Hawes and back. I took the usual route to Clitheroe and then via Sawley and Wigglesworth to Settle. Then I headed over to Hawes via Ribblehead Viaduct. One corner between Horton-in-Ribblesdale and the viaduct is completely chewed up, fortunately it is an open corner so you can avoid it by using the wrong side of the road.

I stopped briefly in Hawes at the Penny Garth Café for a coffee and a blueberry muffin. I then headed back home the same way as I had come before the roads got really busy. I was back home for 12:00pm after a nice quiet run. I am defiantly getting more used to riding the K1300s now, it seems to respond better to cornering if you lean off the bike slightly.