Travels on a Motorcycle

Overland journeys, allotment dilemas, cycling, open water swimming and walking a dog.


February 2016

Mystery machine in the Ionian



This machine was on the island of Vassiliki, one of the Greek Ionain Islands. Its a beaut, but what is it?


Riding the Jurassic Coast

Ride from West Bay to Lyme Regis – the Jurassic Coast at its finest! Fossil hunting anyone?


Or motorbike yoga if fossils arent your thing! (Lower Eype beach)


I wish The Anchor Inn, Seatown was my local.  Local beers and fab bar snacks including chilli puffs, beer sticks and a local selection board of meats and cheeses.


Seatown Beach (above and below)



Small, uneven scary steps. And a massive Guiness.


The obligatory walk along the Cobb to watch the sun set.


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Each painting is six feet high, along an alley wall….

Locked-up lavender


Nothing to do with motorbikes or travel, but just how dangerous is this lavender? Public enemy number one!

Blustery day ride out


Motorbike rides on blustery days!  Life doesn’t get much better until….


You find a fabulous pub with an open fire to catch up on some writing!

The Pannier Pantry Part 1: Camp Cooking Equipment

So cooking under canvas seems like a good idea?

Not much beats the smell of food being cooked outdoors.  It’s great to stir a culinary creation while sipping a beer on a warm evening, and it’s equally satisfying to pile on all your spare clothes and scoff a warming meal when it’s cooler.

Pannier Pantry - Hardware

However, there’s nothing more frustrating to find that you have shopped and squeezed your carefully chosen ingredients into every nook and cranny (in jacket pockets, down front of jacket, under elastic net etc) to get back to camp and realise that you don’t have a knife to chop up your onions.

If you’re thinking of testing out some camp cooking, here’s a list of items I find really useful.  Anything else, you can fudge with a bit or resourcefulness from the things you have.  I’m sure that not all the items are useful to everyone.  For example, my husband / motorcycle buddy really can’t see the point of a grater, but I carry and it’s handy. But then he can’t see the point in carrying a hairdryer either, so it shows what he knows!


  • Plates (can double as Frisbees).
  • Cutlery – a Spork is handy.
  • Mugs – use for tea, coffee, beer, cereal and soup. Know how much liquid your mug takes so it can double as a measure. (My standard tin mug measures ¾ pint).
  • Stove and spare gas canister.
  • Cooking pans.
  • Lighter.  Handy in case stove ignition fails / doesn’t have one.  Doubles as a bottle opener.
  • Sharp knife with a blade protector.
  • Wooden spoon.
  • Chopping board (plastic and flexible so it’s light and can fit around other items).
  • A flat surface for use as a table (a hard pannier is useful).
  • Sandwich bags – take up less space than a lunch box and can be placed in a pan for protection.

Packed Pannier Pantry

Luxury extras

  • Jetboil– a very effective kettle useful for for boiling water in a flash and speeds up cooking or rustling up a quick coffee.
  • Collapsible grater – for grated cheese, slicing veggies etc

Adjust as required!

I’ll do a follow up post for the food section of the Pannier Pantry, then a couple of recipes.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll find the list below a useful starting point.


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