Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Obviously it was impossible to capture images of all of the actual animals and birds we saw along the way, but below left is an image I found on the internet that comes closest to showing the startling, iridescent beauty of what many people would argue to be Britain's most splendid bird. Barely out of Whitehaven, riding over a little stream, a commotion, and I saw a water rail (top) run out from under the bridge- then that amazing shimmering blue flash as a kingfisher flew directly up the stream. Excellent!
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Monday, 22 October 2007
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Not such a good photo but that train there through the window is the actual Hogwarts Express! It says so on the carriages. Not actually at platform thirteen and three quarters, King's Cross - but at Crewe in Cheshire.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
The grand depart is at last almost upon us! After frantic and impressive behind the scenes telephone action, Duncan managed to secure passage for 4 riders and 4 bikes on the Virgin West Coast service. A massive thankyou to Elsa Redpath MBE and Minesh Chauhan at Virgin for their help and generosity in getting us on our way. It's been both reassuring and refreshing to deal with a forward thinking and adaptable travel company.
We'll use the mobile phone camera to upload a few pics as we go - so you should be able to see our progress (presuming that we make some).