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Back From My Motorcycle Trip in Southern England

24
May
2004
  Posted at 10:58:57 AM
  File under  Personal
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Paris, France

Well, I'm back from our 4 day trip through Southern England. Apart from some very beautiful scenery, great pubs, surprisingly good food, I've learned a few lessons:
  • If you're using a Garmin GPS (in my case a StreetPilot) and you've spent hours preprogramming routes into it, don't bother !!! The moment you miss a GPS instruction, the GPS will recalculate your route directly to your destination ! In other words, if you programmed in a few nice roads to take, you'll be routed either to the fastest time route, or the shortest distance route, neither of them via the roads you wanted to take. What you need to do is program waypoints that will take you to the roads in question, and then let the GPS guide you from waypoint to waypoint.
  • Southern UK has a LOT of traffic, specially cars. Almost every road we took, including very small, out of the way, roads were full of slow moving cars, even during normal work days.
  • UK car drivers don't really like motorcycles, and a few tried very hard to make our life very hard and dangerous. My friend on his BMW K1200LT lost his mirror due to a car trying to hinder him from passing in between lanes...
  • If you've got a nice motorcycle jacket that's not totally waterproof make sure you've got your phone wrapped up in plastic (even if the sun is shining) !! I didn't and therefore lost my mobile phone since it got drowned during a rain storm (we only had one for the whole 4 days, but it lasted an hour).
For the rest, great ride !! To bad it has cost me much more than foreseen since I need to replace the phone.....





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