Saturday, August 04, 2007

Matlock Bath (Again)

After a short debate on where we were going we left Neil's house in the direction of Matlock Bath. As well as being a tourist attraction Matlock has always been a popular meeting point for bikers. Summer weekends always attract hundreds of bikers. For us lot, well we've done it to death now and I should imagine it'll be a long time before we head back there.

Upon arrival we called in at the Riva, a pleasant little pub/restaurant and did a spot of people watching. As you do.

There's one thing about Matlock, there's no shortage of fish and chip shops.

A little stall selling full English breakfasts, burgers, hot dogs and candy floss no doubt. I wonder how long it'll be before we end up having to call our traditional full English breakfast the Euro Breakfast? Don't laugh, it'll happen, but there'll be changes. Big changes. Our sausages will be replaced by Frankfurters, our fried bread will be exchanged for croissants fried in olive oil, our bacon will be replaced by ham, baked beans will be replaced by olives....

Just so you can get your bearings Matlock Bath consists of a road, one side lined with, well mostly fish and chip shops, and the other side there's a river.

A little later on we headed off to a privately owned disused airfield were it is perfectly legal to practise wheelies ;)

Gaz and Cara on Neil's bike.

Gaz on Neil's bike.

Neil's bike seems to have become the unofficial Jangle stunt bike for just about anyone to have a go on. This you can't fault him for. Fair play.


Ali said...

Matlock Bath looks very pretty, but the airfield looks like bucket loads more fun!!

Glad the weather held and you all got out!

Miss Understood said...

I'm going to have to go out one day and start taking pictures of random strangers to see how they react. What fun!

(And I can do that now because Ali sent me her camera this morning. Thanks Ali! x)

Glad you had a good day :)

Mike said...

What camera has she sent you? Does this mean she's got a nice shiny new one?

Anonymous said...

who owns the mad mural helmet in the pic of three? and where can i have that done to mine?

Ali said...

Mike ~ I've tagged you with a factoid meme

Mike said...

Kate - The Magic Roundabout helmet belongs to Gaz.

Ali - Oh FFS you haven't have you?

mrsnesbitt said...

The Magic Roundabout helmet was used by the great late Ronnie Smith. He raced here in Scarborough and won the 6oo race at the TT one year! What a great chap!

We have been to Matlcock, I remember it quite well! Jon took off on the fireblade after some locals who knew the roads well.....sadly I had just had a dodgy chicken curry! You wonder why you do these stupid things at the time! Still we learn! LOL!

What is the yellow bike? Is it an XJ13? Quite similar to ours, a CB1300.

Mike said...

Mrs Nesbitt - It's a Yamaha XJR1300.

paddy said...

Fantastic looking place Mike. Love fish and chips, haven't had them for years- real ones that is. God I miss the auld chipper.
Y;-) Paddy

Mike said...

Paddy - You can't beat a bag of fish and chips once in a while. They've never quite been the same though since some do-gooder banned the use of newspaper to wrap them in.

ellie said...

Sorry I couldn't resist

Picture 4

The chip shop lady looks on wistfully as Gaz leaves, wiping the taste of fresh fish from his lips. Is that a savaloy in his lunch box?

mrsnesbitt said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooohh Saturday morning, lovely weather...did I mention am off to Croft tomorrow, BSB! ITV1 at 2.30pm watch out for me, I have a duck backpack! LOL!