Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I thought today I would share a few photo's with you, all the ones on this blog were all taken during this year whilst out on bike rides. I know its going to be boring for a few of you but bear with me for some of the scenary is lovely.
Below this picture was taken high on "Exmoor" between "Dulverton" and "Lynton".
Perhaps at this point I should say both Sue and I have attempted to rekindled a little of our our lost youth by a couple of years ago buying a Motorcycle each. Back in 1980 and 81 I had, first a second hand then a new "Honda CX500" and in 1982 Sue had a new "Honda CM250T", obviously when we became born again bikers we purchased ourselves the same models and we love them.
Below Yesterday at "Dunkery Beacon"just outside of "Wheddons Cross" this part of "Exmoor" is the highest point in Somerset (over 1700 ft) and gives stunning 360 degree views, it was a shame it was cloudy this day.It has been claimed that on a clear day it is possible to see 16 counties from up here.

This picture below was taken just yesterday (Wednesday) on a ride out to "Exmoor" around "Withypool"," Tarr Stepps" and "Challacombe"area's.This lovely roadside area of "Landacre" bridge is used as a picnic and paddling area, especially when the children are off school.
This picture below takes in the view from the road that skirts the sand dunes at the famous Surfing Town of "woolacombe". This road is around 650 meters long and was designed purely as a car park, it has parking for around 500 to 6oo cars, also a clean modern toilet block. Each space has in front of it a small grassy area to sit, picnic etc and the views from here really are something else. On warm summer days the air is full of "Hang Gliders" that push off from the 200ft high hills behind you and circle the area.
This picture was taken last week when we went for a ride onto the "Braunton Burrows" using the Toll road. This road follows part of the the Torridge/Taw estuary right down into the famous sand dunes that are the Burrows.This picture was taken at low water and looks across toward the old (RAF) camp at "Chivenor". If you enlarge this picture you can just make out servicemen in training running across the bridge, then having to do several press ups in the estuary mud.

The shot below was taken from a private car park overlooking the cliffs between "Morthoe" and "Woolacombe". We have done this stunning 2+ mile coastal walk before, it is hard but brilliant.
Below, We took this shot at the "Valley of the Rocks". This is just outside "Lynton & Lynmouth" on beautiful "Exmoor".
This is another "Valley of the Rocks" shot.
Below absolutely typical it had been a lovely sunny afternoon, until, we got the Camera out then up rolls the Cloud, never mind. This picture was taken as you approach "Downend"at "Croyde Bay" N Devon.
This picture below was taken in "Perranporth, Cornwall" on the day we searched unsuccessfully for our club's Cornish rally site.
Below, Try as we bloody might we just could not manage to ride our bikes up this hill as the signpost requests !!!!!. Picture again taken at the "Valley of Rocks", Lynton.

Joke of the Day.


1920's, 30's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn't get

tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright

coloured lead-based paints.We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes,not to mention,the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops,

McDonalds, KFC, Subway etc.Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the

weekends,somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE

actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner

shop and buy fruit, sweets and Chocolate.

We ate cakes,biscuits white bread and real butter and drank soft fizzy drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because.....


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we

were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and secret dens and played in Stream beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no

mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms.........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at EASTER really!

We were given BB guns and Catapults for our 10th birthdays,

We drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass perhaps

covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing at Maralinga in


We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or

rang the bell, or just yelled for them!Mums didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps and

bully's always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!Our parents got married before they had children and didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade'

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow

up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives,for our own good.


Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, Beautiful scenery of your travels, I enlarged Valley of the Rocks to have a good look at them..

thanks for your visit,, The house and car are clean once again and today we had beautiful sunshine 27c so was able to open up air and rid the house of dust ,

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Blogger Shammickite said...

Great pictures, Biker Bob! I have been to most of the places on your photo list, but not on a motorbike, mostly with my mother and her friend when we used to go sightseeing around North Devon every sunday afternoon. You are bringing back happy memories for me!

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These are great pictures - love the way your bikes are posing so well, especially the single bike in front of the rock face!

We have been to Lynton a few years ago. I think it was the town with the stream running through. Lovely area.

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