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3 day trip - Surrey - Brecon Beacons - Snowdonia

Managed to steal 3 days away. With a friend took off to the Brecon Beacons. Camped overnight. Then rode out west, took the coast road up to Snowdonia National Park. Simply stunning. Camped again, then home - 6hour ride back in torrential rain; truly horrendous.

Versys performed magnificently throughout, response and grip through the twisty welsh roads was amazing. Although my friends BMW 1200RT was more powerful, the V is clearly the more nimble fun machine.
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Good photo's, always good to get away on bike.
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Nice pics. Thanks. Is there any snow in Snowdonia?
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I've bicycled through Snowdonia, in the rain, and looked back to see snow on the mountains!
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Ahhhh... Beautiful British weather. I hear that summer is scheduled for a Wednesday this year. I spent seven years stationed at RAF Lakenheath in East Anglia back in the 70's and 80's... and I miss it more each and every day.

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Ahhhh... Beautiful British weather. I hear that summer is scheduled for a Wednesday this year. I spent seven years stationed at RAF Lakenheath in East Anglia back in the 70's and 80's... and I miss it more each and every day.
I agree, both with the summer prognostication and missing it more and more. Though it's been many years since I've lived in England (1968 - 1972) I still miss it. Fortunately, after many years we're going to visit this September for a while. At that point in the year, we won't have to be concerned about missing summer - one less thing to worry about.

Genehil, how did you manage 7 years at Lakenheath?? After only 4 years at Mildenhall, I was dragged kicking and screaming to the plane that brought me back to the U.S. Superiors simply wouldn't listen to reason. I tried to convince them they would save a bunch of $$$ by letting me stay another 3 or 4 years; they wouldn't listen - seemed to think I was having too much fun.

One last thought. Isn't it great that Kawasaki makes a right hand drive Versys for our English friends?

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Genehil, how did you manage 7 years at Lakenheath?? After only 4 years at Mildenhall, I was dragged kicking and screaming to the plane that brought me back to the U.S. Superiors simply wouldn't listen to reason. I tried to convince them they would save a bunch of $$$ by letting me stay another 3 or 4 years; they wouldn't listen - seemed to think I was having too much fun.
Actually I did a three year tour (77-80) and a four year tour (83-87). When I left the first time in the springtime of 1980, it felt like I was leaving home. When I got back the 2nd time in the springtime of 1983, it felt like I was coming home. Man I miss that place. I lived in Newmarket, Bury St. Edmunds, Soham, and Eriswell during those times.

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One last thought. Isn't it great that Kawasaki makes a right hand drive Versys for our English friends?
As long as you can used to shifting on the right and braking on the left like my old Triumph.
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Actually I did a three year tour (77-80) and a four year tour (83-87). When I left the first time in the springtime of 1980, it felt like I was leaving home. When I got back the 2nd time in the springtime of 1983, it felt like I was coming home. Man I miss that place. I lived in Newmarket, Bury St. Edmunds, Soham, and Eriswell during those times.
I understand completely. Something about East Anglia and I just clicked. I was at Mildenhall from 1968 thru 1972 and lived in Bury St. Edmunds - 19 Victoria Street just off Out Risbygate, to be precise. Wonderful town in my opinion, although my "local" was The Griffin in Eisleham (spelling doesn't look right) just a few miles from Mildenhall. Over time I sort of enticed the bar maid away from them, though it ultimately didn't work out. Too bad though, she was a charming young lady. Ah, youth. Thank God I survived it.

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I was at Mildenhall from 1968 thru 1972 and lived in Bury St. Edmunds - 19 Victoria Street just off Out Risbygate, to be precise. though, she was a charming young lady. Ah, youth. Thank God I survived it.
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Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 0NE

My best house ever was in Soham:
http://goo.gl/maps/ronk

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