Two Stages of the Tour of Britain and an overnighter in the Kampa

6 Sep

We trekked up the M1 and M180 to South Ferriby on the A1077 to the West of the Humber Bridge. The weather was blowy and grey. We got to the pre-Googled layby in good time and did not need to investigate the other options to spectate. We were soon joined by a young professional from the press seeking pictures of the Tour of Britain with a backdrop of the Bridge.

There were a couple of riders in the breakaway. They seem oblivious to that huge UFO of a giant Dinkum Pinkie which has not appeared for a while. The peloton was not far behind. Although I have again managed to photograph my own finger, I am quite pleased with the two photos showing the Humber Bridge in the background Click on them and you can zoom in for a better look.

There seemed to be a much larger number of motorcycles leading the Tour this year for some reason and on the A1077 they were nearly all hovering above the tarmac at high speed. The peloton and follow up service barges were past us in a flash and we were soon free to head for the campsite. It was difficult before we left trying to explain why we make the effort for just a few minutes of spectating. We get to see new locations. We enjoy the atmosphere of the event , the fresh air and the shear spectacle of young men in their prime pushing hard.

The pre-booked campsite was a Caravan Club Affiliated site , just off the A1 at Cromwell North of Newark. We stayed there once before and it’s reported somewhere on this Blog below. A clean site with fishing pools and good atmosphere. Our last night solo in the Kampa at Pandy in South Wales  proved cool but we over compensated with a duvet over the summer weight sleeping bags. Otherwise a very pleasant night with the pop top left up despite the showers.

We had decided to have our evening meal at The Plough Inn at Norwell, less than 2 miles through the lanes on the opposite side of the nearby main East Coast rail line. Homemade steak and kidney pie made up for the dreich evening and we were soon pitched for the night, reading our books over a brandy.

Today we had another really enjoyable time.

We drove the short distance North up the A1 to the American Diner. We listened to 1950s US pop music over coffee and all day breakfast. Pushed for time, we shot off to Brownhills Motorhomes near Newark.

Just out of interest we viewed a Trigano 669, an Adria van conversion and a couple of short wheelbase coachbuilts. The Trigano had the same front dinette, rear fixed bed (possible) and mid kitchen and shower as the Autocruise Accent we looked at recently. All absolutely delish ! On the car park we found a nice couple viewing the Kampa through the privacy glass. We chatted with them before heading for the very pretty town of Southwell, about 20 minutes away. We grabbed another coffee there before popping out to catch the Tour for the second time.

The crowds were enormous and the pavement just a mass of people. A police motorcyclist stalled on the very sharp right hander “Centre Ville” and boy did he get some wolf whistles and witty jibes ! ( My old Cagiva Raptor thou  used to confuse it’s fuel injection at low revs and when it stalled it almost threw you over the handlebars…… It tried to kill me in many ways on many occasions !)

A very enjoyable couple of days out ! I hope to show the video of the Humber bridge section once it’s edited.

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