Noddy’s genius

23rd February 2017 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Knowing I’ve been ill, Noddy stepped in to help with the planning of our boys’ summer trip. He’s booked the ferries and the first two night’s hotels. We can play with details after that, but now we know we’re on our way and we are going to Portugal. I’m glad he’d done that because I heard  [Read full post…]

Down – but not out

21st February 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Had a tough day yesterday. I wasn’t as light-headed as I’d been on Sunday, but I was still lousy – but I didn’t want to reschedule my trip to Cheshire. So I took a dose of man-up pills (Beechams) and got on the bike. Wow, that was a hard ride. You don’t realise just how  [Read full post…]

One flu over the cuckoo’s nest

18th February 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Typical. I’m coming down with a bug. We were meant to be going on a breakfast run today (regardless of the weather). But I pulled out. I have the cough, the shakes, the dizziness if I stand up too fast. No state to be riding a bike. Have to hope I can shake it off  [Read full post…]

New bike blues (again)

16th February 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Of course, now we’ve committed to going to Portugal on the boys’ big tour, I have some serious decisions to make. No, not the routes. Though they need work. I need to decide what bike I’m taking. Do I keep the KTM 990 SM-T for another year (because it’s great). Or do I move it  [Read full post…]

Deposits down, here we go

15th February 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

That’s the boy’s big summer tour booked! Took a few days and we’re going a bit earlier in September than we normally do, but it fitted better for everyone. Ferries are confirmed: eight bikes and two four-bunk cabins on the Plymouth-Santander route on the way out, then Santander-Portsmouth on the way home. I’ve only booked  [Read full post…]

The Big Vote

12th February 2017 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

We had a big pow-wow about the boys trip and – hooray – everyone likes the idea of Portugal. We took a vote and it was… unanimous! That was the easy bit, of course. Now we have to get it all booked. I think I’m chief organiser, as it’s my idea. Certainly, Dale Caesar seemed  [Read full post…]

Who do you wish you HAD seen?

10th February 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Thinking about the death of Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Motorhead’s Lemmy got me thinking. I saw both bands, back when I was thinner and hairier. But there are plenty I never saw. The one I wish I had seen, that I never saw, is  Led Zeppelin. It’s worse because I had a ticket  [Read full post…]

Down down, deeper and down

9th February 2017 by  in The Dex Files

In amongst all the celebrity deaths last year, I somehow missed that Rick Parffit of Status Quo had passed. I found out today and I admit, I’m more upset than you’d have thought logical. After all, I was never a huge Quo fan. Saw them a few times (always a GREAT live band). Got a  [Read full post…]

Book now?

6th February 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Just had a tentative look at the Brittany Ferries site for the summer’s trip – and one of the Plymouth-Santander crossings seems to be full already. I need to get the boys to agree on where we’re going. I’ve very keen to do the Portugal tour that’s in the RiDE Guide to Europe that The  [Read full post…]

An easy Scottish trip

2nd February 2017 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I had a think about what Number Two Son wanted as a trip. I pretty much planned his entire tour. My suggestion was: Day one: South-East to Whitby. Motorways to Peterborough, then cross-country thorough Lincolnshire and over the Humber Bridge. Day two: Whitby to Edinburgh. Going across the Pennines and round Kielda Water. Day three: Edinburgh to  [Read full post…]

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