Isle of Man

Yesterday we caught the ferry to the Isle of Man from Liverpool. Friday and Saturday were not the best days of our tour. We had spent a few days with our friend Val in Wiveliscombe Somerset and Val is coming with us to the Isle of Man. We had to catch the car ferry from Liverpool to Douglas on Saturday morning so we decided we would travel to Liverpool on Friday, stay overnight and catch the ferry Saturday.

We started out around 9am Friday in the rain. By the time we got to the M5 the rain was persisting down. About 11am we stopped at a services for coffee and the rain had stopped. Back on the motorway and onto the M6 there were warnings of delays ahead, then the M6 was closed between J18 and J19. This meant the traffic banked up for miles and miles. At J17 we left the Motorway to join all the other traffic trying to get around the closed section. We made it to our hotel at 8:30pm, a 12 hour journey that should have only taken 4 hours.

Checking into the hotel from hell didn’t calm us any and the shoebox of a room continued the downward spiral. Could only half open the bathroom door the get into the bathroom, the floor board creaked as did the bed. Outside our window all night were the smokers from the 24 hour bar and every time they went in and out the door banged, shaking our room above it.

We didn’t get much sleep so to be greeted by another day of rain didn’t improve matters next morning.

Once on the ferry the Captain announced that the trip should be reasonable with only a small patch of rough weather so the gloom continued. When we were within cooee of the island the sun was out and the afternoon looked to be promising.

Our accommodation was on the other side of the island which was 8 miles and yet again we were faced with road closures but this time there was no traffic and the island is so green and with such beautiful scenery that it didn’t matter. We have a self catering apartment in Port Erin and only a short walk to the Port. The day end with a lovely meal in a pub watching the sun set over the water.

Today didn’t hold a lot of promise but we headed out to Peel on the west coast. Here one of the delicacies of the island, the Manx Kippers, are produced. After walking around a ruined castle on a headland of the bay and being nearly blown away we headed for the smokery and a kipper bap washed down with a mug of coffee.

Heading further up the coast we went to the motor museum. Here they had a collection of cars and motorcycles from some very old to some odd more recent models

The day had brightened some what so we headed for Ramsey on the east coast. This took us along part of the TT circuit. WOW I don’t know how they can ride at speed on this track and I agree with the Late Barry Sheen that it certainly is a dangerous circuit, Even so I still want to be able to drive the whole circuit before we leave.

In Ramsey the sun was shining so we managed a walk in the sunshine.

The wind is still up so not sure what tomorrow will be like but that’s another day.


On the Road Again

Well almost.
At the beginning of August we will setoff to Copenhagen to start a 13 day tour of Northern Capitals then off to Wales and the UK for 6 weeks.

Hope to take plenty of photos but not sure how many will make it up here but will give it a go.

The tour will be my first escorted tour but as we will be going into Russia I think it is a wise move. Just getting visas is quite difficult and an organised tour makes it a little easier. To get a Russian visa you first have to pay $50 for an invitation to apply for the visa. Once you have been granted an invitation you have to complete a questionnaire letting the Russian Embassy know who you are, how you were educated, who you were employed by, if you have any connection to your government or any other government and where you have travelled to in the past 10 years. When you have given this information you the have to let them know if you are part of an organised tour or travelling independently. You also have to tell them how and when you are arriving and the accommodation you will be staying at. Finally you have to let them know how and when you will be leaving. Once you have done this you submit your passport and a generous amount of money and wait. If they decide to let you visit their wonderful country they paste a visa bearing your photo to a page in your passport and return it.

Russian Visa

Russian Visa example

We have located some house sitters to stay and look after the dogs and the house. We hope that they enjoy their stay.

After the tour we fly to Manchester and pickup a hire car and drive to Wales where we have a week to catch our breath and catchup with the washing. Then it’s off to the British MotoGP at Silverstone, a quick drive around Kent then off to the Isle of Man for a week. Then it’s the Isle of Wight for a week then the smallest of the English counties Rutland. That should just about do it for this trip.


Hope to talk to you all soon.