22 July 2019

UK/Éire Trip Day 17 - Stratford-Upon-Avon

km ridden today: 204
km ridden total: 2446
Photos today: 231
Photos total: 4349
Castles/Palaces total: 3
Pubs visited total: 5 
Churches/Cathedrals total: 8
Ferries total: 2
Rainy days total: 2
Lovely riding weather today, overcast so no sun to blind me, for my ride down to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

I paid a visit to the High Cross which was the centre of Roman Britain.

It took me a while to find the motorbike parking even though I had it in my GPS, but got there in the end.

Did a nice river cruise with Avon Boating then had a walk around.

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Lunchtime. I have been eating way to many carbs since I got over here and my body is starting to complain. So I decided a steak was in order, I had only had one steak since I have been here (people know how much I love my steak) lucky there is an awesome Miller & Carter Steakhouse here. 

Prawn & Lobster cocktail to start then a fillet steak cooked blue with a beef dripping sauce, all I have to say is OMG. 😁🥩

Anne Hathaways Cottage

As I was leaving Stratford-Upon-Avon, I was approaching a roundabout and my GPS decided to freeze, it was still playing music but the screen had frozen and it wasn't giving directions. 

I had no idea where I was going, I had just past a petrol station so I turned around and pulled in (I should have filled up, but I didn't) I ended up having to do a battery put to get it going again. 

Not long ago I upgraded my GPS from a Garmin Zumo 590 to the 595, the 595 has frozen up on me a few times on this trip and I have so far had to do 3 battery pulls to get it going. In the approx. 5 years I had the 590 I don't think I ever had to do a battery pull.

A quick photo of the plaque where the Meriden Triumph Factory was.

Then onto the centre of England.

So with about 50km to go I though I had better start looking for a petrol station. I asked the GPS to find the nearest petrol but it was saying there was nothing near. I ended up back at the hotel and then found I had to go another 4km down the road. I have never run out of fuel with Gráinne, but I have on previous bikes (which I have had to push to a petrol station), I have never even had the fuel light come on before. I probably could have gone another 50km after the light came on but I always get worried when I am low on fuel, I don't like the thought of trying to push Gráinne any sort of distance. And this is why I should have filled up back at Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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