Back to Weymouth, this time on the bike. Found a nice place for lunch (excellent potato&leek soup) in Dorchester‘s pedestrian precinct.
Bike had lost a bit of coolant, but not much.
Met up with Brian. His family had all left. We talked. Might have had a drink or three. Supper at Enzo’s, then an early night.
Next day much the same, with supper at the pie shop.
Third day was errands, including a trim by a Canadian married to a lady from Poltava, Ukraine.
My return to Weston-super-Mare was via Yeovil.
Found my Weston hotel AOK. Had swung by before Christmas. Close to the beach. Sue was at reception again. Nice to be remembered 🙂
Bike coolant was AOK. Maybe running on highways exacerbates the loss of coolant? Possible cylinder head-gasket issue. Will be going back to see Pat for a new battery on Monday. The replacement battery starts the bike, but not first time.
Spent the next couple of days resting. Have caught a bit of a cough.
Medication was courtesy of the Black Cat, a micropub. I popped in for a coffee, because the place looks like a cafe. Was a real surprise to see the beer barrels! I kid you not! Nick is an excellent host, so there is good craic. Plus there are excellent beers, and ciders. Gotta love a place that has this beer mat……
Sunday was a run to see Jock (another old soldier) in Royal Wootton Bassett. We had lunch, at the pub I was staying at. Then I parked the bike and unpacked a little. We wandered back to Jock’s place for a cuppa. Lots of chat.
Then I returned to my room. Very nice place, and an early night.
Monday morning was very frosty. So took my time checking the bike, having breakfast, and packing.
Bike started but then it was parked next to my room. But when I moved the bike off the patio, had to remove a pannier, as the walkway was very narrow. Switched off the bike. Replaced the pannier. Bike wouldn’t start. Let it rest a minute. Started on the 2nd go. Rode onto Pat’s place. He put in a BMW battery (twice the price) and the bike has been starting AOK ever since 🙂
Pat also confirmed that the head-gasket is the likely culprit. So I will be back next week.
Half dreading going back. My off-roading skills aren’t up to Pat’s. He rode my bike, side-saddle, through a large muddy patch, as if it was on fresh smooth asphalt. It’s so discouraging! hahaha. And just to underline the gap in skills, I slid my rear wheel and then dug a bit of a hole, when leaving.
Next stop was to fill up and find a place for the night. Selected Faversham, based on chat in the Black Cat.
I can recommend Furlongs. Though it is tucked away, not quite on the street of it’s address. Look for the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, and take the narrow alley.
Tuesday morning saw sunshine, so I dressed with only 2 layers. Coolant was low, but I had run from Pat’s to here along the highways.
First stop was Canterbury.
First chap I met was from Krakow, Poland. Small world.
Then over to see “Squashed Ian”, but maybe I should have called first. Here is me outside his shop, which was closed……
Wandered around a bit till I found a Moroccan place for lunch. A buffet was perfect as I had skipped breakfast. Nice food, and a mint tea to finish.
Rode onto Margate. Never been here. Rode in to find my hotel, then rode off to fill-up. Back to check in, unpack, and TLC for the bike. Coolant AOK.
First stop was the Harbour Arms. Excellent place. Excellent craic. Just go when the tide is in 😉
Then the nice Lifeboat.
Wednesday’s walkabout confirmed that Margate is “closed” for January. haha. Great place to lurk around, and catch up on the chores that I did not do over Christmas. Eg: updating this blog 🙂
Next update after the bike is fixed, so that will be in a week.
ps: it’s only 2degC, but back up to 9degC tomorrow. Oh to be back in Toronto? I think not. Minus 11degC is forecast for next Monday in TO. Even sunny, that is too cold for riding.