I'm, Bil and this is my site. Welcome.
I like travel, I like walking and I like photography. I'm also finding more and more that I'm being inexorably drawn into the on-line world.
My last two jobs have involved significant on-line development and ownership. As a fully paid up electronic/electrial and software engineer and having worked in mobile telecoms for the last 15 years primarily in networks, it is a wrench, and not a comfortable move, but one I must embrace.
And so I set this site up for a couple of reasons:
- Display the images from my travels (they're not brill, but they are mine)
- Learn about the creation and maintenance of a website.
The second bit will take me some time. Bear with me and check by from time to time. The site will grow.
Thanks for passing by and I hope you'll find something you like.
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In September 2011 we rode Route 66 - Chicago to Los Angeles - on a Harley Electraglide. The company we booked through was HC-Travel of Overton (Small place in deepest, darkest Hampshire, just outside Basingstoke) and the tour operator was California Sunriders.
Ok so the picture here is a Nightrod, but hey, which looks better?
Picture here was taken in Doha on Qatar National Day 2010. The local Hog Chapter and Qtel's Virgin Mobile Service arranged a rideout in celebration. If you can't celebrate a National Day with a Hog ride, what's life?
Next walk in the plan is the Itchen Way between Woolston and Hinton Ampner. Still planning what the sections will look like, but intend to do it South to North for a change. Takes us through Bitterne, Eastleigh, Winchester, Itchen Abbas before finishing at the source of the Itchen at Hinton Ampner.
Pictures for the first section are taken with my new purchase: a Sony NEX7 bought specifically for bike trips were space is at a premium. Best thing is that, with the use of an adapter, it accepts all my old Nikon F and Canon FD mount lenses. They're all out of retirement now.
- Section 1 - Woolston to Eastleigh
- Section 2 - Eastleigh to Winchester
- Section 3 - Winchester to Itchen Stoke
- Section 4 - Itchen Stoke to Hinton Ampner
Having decried the fact that there is a veritable dearth of long distance walks in northern Hampshire I stumbled across the Brenda Parker Way created by the North Hampshire Downs Ramblers Group in memory of Brenda Parker.
Absolutely perfect for me in that it goes right across north Hampshire starting in Aldershot and finishing in Andover. Just couldn't be better.
It's 78 miles long and the creators have conveniently made good sections with good start and end (except for Rag Copse - I drive past it every day and it is a viciously dangerous and fast corner on the A343).
Sectional breakdown suggested by the creators is as follows:
- Section 1 - Aldershot to Fleet - 8 miles
- Section 2 - Fleet to Winchfield - 8 miles
- Section 3 - Winchfield to Sherfield on Loddon - 10 miles
- Section 4 - Sherfield on Loddon to Tadley
- Tadley to Kingsclere - 10 miles
- Kingsclere to Highclere - 11 miles
- Highclere to Sidley Bottom - 7 miles
- Sidley Bottom to Rag Copse - 9 miles
- Rag Copse to Andover - 9 miles
So happy that there's a route that finishes in the town that I live in. Thanks North Hampshire Downs Ramblers Group.