It’s a few weeks ago now that we had an entire day spare just to head somewhere on the motorbikes just to enjoy the ride. For me it was also an opportunity to try out two new things – the fab new topbox I got from LincsGeek for Christmas and a great new travel shirt by Craghoppers that the lovely people at Outdoor Look sent me. Both are things that will hopefully be useful on our North American road trip.
When your bike and the sky match you know it’ll be a good day.
The Sea Was Still There
Naturally, and as you might expect, we headed to see if the sea was still there, and as we were on the bikes wanted to explore some of the more windy roads to be found in Lincolnshire. The main roads here are generally slow and busy – we have a lack of dual carriageways and even the main roads are basically country roads which get clogged up with lorries, cars (and tractors). While they are great for bike riding when they are quiet, they get frustrating quite quickly. The joys of living in the countryside. Anyway, when you get off the main roads (and ask TomTom for a “winding” route), Lincolnshire is a beautiful county for motorcycling.
The beach at Chapel Six Marshes, Lincolnshire.
From home we headed out towards Bardney, and across country to and across the Lincolnshire Wolds – beautiful views – and then over to the East Coast. We stopped in a couple of places close to Anderby Creek and Sutton on Sea (up the coast from Skegness) – Chapel Six Marshes and Wolla Bank. You’ll not find either on Google Maps (no idea why, but they’re not there!), but they’re worth hunting out. There’s no facilities at each to speak of, other than somewhere to park your car/bike and get onto the beach. You’ll be pleased to know the sea was still there – in both places. Phew.
The sea at Wolla Bank, Lincolnshire.
My shiny new topbox is the Givi Trekker Monokey Top Case (the TRK46N), a monster 52 litre black and silver plastic case that I think works rather well with my official BMW GS panniers. I wanted something rugged looking that wasn’t over the top expensive that fitted with my bike’s aesthetics, that would allow me a bit extra space when touring. Top boxes are great for the important things you need to get to easily (camera, water bottle, snacks, cables, handbag, jumper, you know), and act as somewhere to put your lid when you get off the bike for a wander around. You can’t put much weight in it, and I wouldn’t want to as it would make the bike rather top heavy, but I am so pleased with my Christmas present. Should make Zartusacan a lot easier to pack for than previous road trips. I was a teeny bit worried it would affect the handling of my bike, but so far it’s been great. I’m really pleased with it.
My bike and new Givi Trekker Top Case.
When dressing for motorcycling I treat it as an activity like hiking and skiing – I tend to choose materials and styles that are wicking to keep me dry and comfortable all day. And I wear a sports bra. It’s probably not completely necessary but I feel like it’s the right thing to do. Outdoor Look know I like to hike and ride and ‘donated’ one of the Craghoppers Nosilife Khahi shirts, suggesting it would be perfect for travel – long sleeved, light, soft, stretchy, moisture wicking, easy to wash and quick to dry, hard wearing, and a nice style too. I like a shirt any day of the week but this is my first travel shirt and I have never tried one under my motorcycle, but I’m already converted. Even better, I can screw this one up in my bag and don’t need to worry about creasing, and it should be easy to wash in the sink and dry overnight to keep me clean and sweet smelling on our ten week road trip this summer, and even keep me slightly smart when I’m out for dinner in the evenings. The size 12 fits okay (my belly is a teeny bit large at the moment…), and I was so impressed with how comfortable it was – I’ve also worn it hiking (up Mam Tor), and will definitely be ordering a second one in a different colour so I have one to wear and one to wash while we are away.
Er… I promise I’m wearing the shirt. Underneath the coat. Ah. Ummmm… I’ll get a photo with it showing next time. Sorry.
For the Sake of the Journey
One of the best things about having a motorbike as my weekend toy (although it might have to become my main form of transport soon – my car is really not happy!) is that when I ride it I am doing so for pleasure. And just for pleasure. When I ride I can take my time, enjoy the road, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the destination. For me riding a bike is the absolute epitome of life being all about the journey – one windswept mile at a time.
When was the last time you took the long winding road to the sea? Just for the journey?
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