Day 1 Hinckley - Lynton 310 km
After a special guided tour through the Triumph factory we headed south to the Exmoor National Park with its beautiful coastline and charming little villages.
The Heddons Gate Hotel awaited us with a wonderful setting, a spectacular driveway and a delicious dinner.
The Velez Family in front of the Triumph factory
Foto stop in front of a wedding Castle
Tigers in the green
Day 2 Lynton - Exeter 290 km
Leaving our cosy Hotel in the morning was hard, but there was a lot of great riding, scenery and sightseeing waiting for us today. We said hello to Camelot, King Arthurs Castle, had our first water crossing and did not get lost in famous spooky Dartmoor. What a great day.
Leaving the Hotel in the morning ready for adventure
Group Picture in the sun, Javier, Clara, Jamie, Santiago, Ashley, Ray, Deborah, Mike, Irvine, Blake, Bob, Art, Eileen and the Tourguides Toni and Michael
Beautiful English countryside
Tiger saying hello to the cows
Day 3 Exeter - Abergavenny 300 km
We went back 5000 years in history today, the world famous Stonehenge was our Destination for today. This mystic stone circle is one of the most remarkable sites in England and shurly worth a visit. But may be the medieval town of Lacock was even better, a well preserved charming place, where we had lunch. In the afternoon we crossed the Bridge to wales and had an entertaining ride to our Hotel in Abergavenny.
Riding through medieval Lacock
Eileen and Art
Ashley and Jamie
Blake enjoying the extra ride in the afternoon
Day 4 Abergavenny - Cardigan 315km
The Brecon Beacons await. Twisty mountain roads, tiny mining villages and plenty of sheep are our companions for the longest riding day of the trip. Brilliant sunshine is followed by eerie mists as the clouds descend upon us.
A Tiger in front of a Castle, a rather Fitting Combo.
A quick break in the sun in the Brecon Beacons.
Art and Eileen.
Blasting past the hedges.
Day 5, Cardigan to Betwys-y-Coed, 240km
Snowdonia National Park awaits as we head out for one of the most technical rides of the tour. A fantastic coastal road takes us North as we head for lunch in an old railroad station. The afternoon takes us in the foothills of Mount Snowdon and the main road soon turns into a small single trail. Sheep are our only companions for the next hour as we wind our way up into the mountains and our final Destination for the day, a small Hotel at the foor of Mount Snowdon.
Goodbye Cardigan, we will see you again next year.
Happy Independence Day!
Day 6, Betwys-y-Coed - Douglas, 270km
Today we headed for the Isle of Man. The rain had stopped in the morning and we had a fantastic loop through the Snowdonia National Park in sunny conditions before we reached Carnafon Castle, the crowning place of the Prince of Wales. Waiting for the ferry at the scenic harbour of Liverpool with its Beatles Museum, was not to bad and we had a very calm crossing to Douglas.
The Riverside Hotel in the morning
What a view!!!
Father and sons....
Tigers at Carnafon Castle
Beautiful lookout on the way to Liverpool
Waiting for the ferry in Liverpool
The paddocks of the TT race course
Day 7, Douglas - Douglas, 180km
The day of the days. Starting out at 7 a clock in the morning before breakfast to do a lap around the legendary TT race course was really special. It took us nearly one hour. Can you imagine that the professionals do it in under 20 minutes? The sun was out as well and we had a great time,
After breakfast we went out for a scenic loop around the island to find the hidden treashures of the Isle of Man, like Peel Castle and the wonderful Castletown.
Javier and Santiago testing out he new, marginally improved, Edelweiss Support van.
Irv wondering if he would be allowed to try out his Tiger on the beach....
Mike, Debbie, Art & Eileen at Blue Point. Next stop due west, Ireland.
The Valdez Family on the beach at Blue Point in the sun. Yes, actual sun in the British isles....
Day 8 Douglas - Keswick 220 km
It was hard to say good bye to the Isle of Man, we all enjoyed it very much. Back to England the Lake District awaited us with twisty rollercoaster like roads and the challenging Hardknott Pass. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful stop at the Castlerigg Stone circle in the late afternoon.
The Group approaching the Hardknott Pass
Group photo at Castlerigg Stone circle
Day 9 Keswick - Hinckley 395 km
Unfortunately our last riding day, but good and Long one. A famous motorcycle pass road in the morning and some lovely sweeping road until we had lunch in Richmond, a nice Little town, where the Tour de France went by yesterday, was our Programm for today. The last two hours on the Highway back to Hinckley in pouring rain and some traffic jams were hard, but we made it!!!
Congratulations to the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Coffee stop at the bike cafe at the Hartside Summit
Tigers at the market place in Richmond
Eileen and Art in Richmond