As the lockdown continues in the UK I have continued to cast my mind back to previous years biking and trips and this lockdown post reflects back to 2017.
2017 was quite simply a standout year for my biking. There was the usual general activity that included the Manchester and NEC bike shows and another trip to the Llanfest (the bike show in Llangollen that I mentioned in an earlier post) as well as enjoyable rides in and around the North West and North Wales on my Kawasaki Z1000 SX, Moto Guzzi V7 and now of course on the Kawasaki Vulcan S with my wife as pillion. In addition to ‘local’ riding I did two really enjoyable European trips in 2017.
The first of these was a solo trip that started with me heading to Germany and then onto Poland with no real plan other than a vague notion that it would be good to motorcycle down the Dalmation coast in Croatia … as it happened I ended up in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and then Belgium before heading home. I had rode in some of those countries before but Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina were new.
During the trip I did actually realise that vague notion of biking down the Dalmation Coast in Croatia and it fully lived up to my expectations. This trip, perhaps more so than previous trips genuinely felt like an adventure and provided many memorable moments and new experiences … not all of which I would want to repeat.
Later that year my wife and I took the ferry down to Spain and had a brilliant couple of weeks traveling without a plan in both Spain and Portugal (more of that in the next post)
It always proves to be a really difficult question to answer when I’m asked which trip was best or which country do I think is best to motorcycle in – different trips and different countries each have their own merits – but the 2017 trip was probably the trip that at a personal level/test of personal resources probably challenged me the most. It was an incredibly memorable trip and I saw sights and places that I will never forget.
When I was sifting through the pictures for this post it was really difficult to not include a lot of them, they brought back so many memories and as such I have included many more than I had originally intended to in this post and many more than I have ever included in a single blog post.
I have included such a lot of pictures for a couple of reasons – one of them being that if you are the sort of person who has hesitated to get on your bike and travel then grabbing yourself a drink and sitting back and scrolling through the selection of trip pictures may inspire you or maybe if you are the sort of person who has worried or is perhaps a little anxious of what might go wrong if you can shift your thinking to what if it doesnt go wrong and what if it goes right you can get to places like you can see in the picture gallery. Maybe this post and others in the ‘lockdown lookback’ series will help you realise that it’s pretty easy to travel once you put your mind to it and let it happen.
Alternatively if you’re thinking of making a bike trip maybe these pictures will stir a few ideas, alternativey maybe you just like looking at pictures of bikes and travel and if that’s the case then there should be plenty to go at in this post.
The pictures can of course be viewed on a mobile ‘phone but I think the best way to view them is on a laptop, desktop or tablet. Clicking on one will open a scrollable gallery.
There are two sets of pictures in this post. The first, Gallery One has general pictures from 2017, the second set, Gallery Two has a lot of pictures from my 2017 solo trip. The pictures from the second trip in 2017 will follow in the next post (Part 11).
GALLERY ONE – GENERAL PICTURES FROM 2017
GALLERY TWO ROAD TRIP 2017