Oggy Oggy Oggy! Cornwall here we come!
Once again, through the wonderful Touratech Travel Event earlier this year we have managed to make some fantastics friends with a superb and most inspiring couple Craig and Barbara. Based in the heart of Cornwall they run the charity organisation Motorcycle Outreach and have much experience of adventure motorcycle travel having taken tours through all kinds of amazing places including West Africa and Canada.
With a weekend set aside from all the manic-ness we were quite relieved to jump on the bikes and make our way down to the scenic sights of Cornwall for a couple of days with them. When we rocked up (numb bummed… once again those original KTM 690 Enduro R 2012 seats have to go!) we were warmly welcomed and topped up with tea and a stupendously home cooked b olognese! The evening seemed to disappear in a blink of an eye with us all animatedly chatting about travel adventures on motorbikes, our route, spitfires, organ playing and all sorts! Having discussed a busy planned ride out for the following day at 2am we decided to throw in the towel and head to bed for a good nights snooze!
In the morning we were awoken by a cockadoodledoo breaking the complete silence which had enveloped us beforehand… being in the middle of the countryside is just bliss! After showering we were then treated to some rather tasty pastries for brekky and a tour of Barbara and Craig’s bike collection… a Matchless, Triumph Bonneville, BMW 650GS, BMW 1200 adventure are just naming a few of them! The matchless caught Sam’s attention as it was his Grandad’s first ever bike which he bought for a handsome sum of £50 back in the day! This actual bike was the one which made Barbara go weak in the knees and fall in love with motorcycling! A stunning little model it is!
We then kitted up and made our way down to some local friends of Barbara and Craig’s who would be joining us for a ride out that day (Nicky, Phil and Andy). Once they were all prepped we headed off to enjoy a coastal route of a rather stunning and beautiful Cornwall! Unfortunately, Nicky’s bikes brakes decided to seize up within the first half hour meaning she had to hop onto the back of Phil’s BMW 1200GS and abandon the bike for rescuing at a later time! On a good note though, we managed to dodge a huge rain cloud! After weaving our way over hills, dipping down into valleys and whizzing past various Cornish tin mines, we stopped off at the beginning of a byway to take in the view and surrounds which were just truly beautiful! Blue skies, rolling hills, Levant Tin mines, cliffs and beaches… what more could you wise for?!
Refreshed and relaxed we hop back on our bikes and take a short half mile ride over the cliffs along a gravel byway. It then kicked back to an open road where we made our way down to a wee little cove to stop for a proper Cornish Pasty. Oh good God. I forgot how utterly om nommable these little delights are!! Having being on a healthy stint for the past few weeks too Sam and I were in a little bit of sinful food heaven!
Back on the road we returned to Nicky’s bike which had managed to cool enough for the boys to loosen the brake pad bolts so she could slow ride it back home. With Nicky, Phil and Andy back on track they headed home to prep some BBQ goodness leaving Sam, Barbara, Craig and I to take a wee trip down to St Ives. Being a sunny summer weekend it was absolutely packed with tourists! With St Ives iconic close little fisherman cottages surrounding us our akrapovic exhausts on the KTM 690 Enduro R 2012’s made the whole place reverberate with loud growls, turning all the tourists and local heads! Whoops! Barm barm! Haha! We then had a brief stop off at Hayle which is unbelievably stunning before making our way back for a cuppa!
The rest of the afternoon consisted of pulling out various maps and taking a look at our reroute. With Craig and Barbara being so well travelled, particularly in Africa and Canada, their advice and guidance was phenomenally helpful! From border tips, climate thoughts, medical kit guides and all sorts… they were just brimming with useful support which we cannot thank them enough for!
Route replanned and full of useful tips, we happily trundled down the lane to Nicky and Phil’s place for an evening BBQ which consisted of lots of laughs, chiminea’s, stories and hilarious company! A big thank you for such a divine meal!
The following day we awesomely managed to catch Craig from Touratech as he arrived before we made our way home. Relaxed and feeling much more organised we had the most superb weekend away and cannot thank Craig and Barbara enough for their support, friendship and awesome riding! I have to say during the ride out I often found myself watching Barbara ride which turned out to be really quite a useful thing for me! She naturally commands the bike and road, taking corners perfectly and gliding effortlessly around. In a monkey-see monkey-do way I found myself imitating and learning, really quite helpful! So thank you from me and once again from us both… we look forward to visiting again soon!