York – Rowntree Caravan club.

We were invited to a good friends 60th Birthday party a few months prior. It was being held in the city of York and we knew that it would be nice to hook up for the occasion, and combine it with a long weekend away in the van.

Birthday boy

We had stayed at this club site previously, and knew that its close location to the city centre made ultra convenient.

yamaha XS400

My enjoyment of vehicles started with the motorbike. The freedom I found in the mid to late 1980 was something that has stayed with me to this very day. I had a whole raft of learner legal bikes throughout this period, flitting from a trail bike to road bikes and back again. The vast majority were Yamaha, and almost every one was stripped to the bare frame, painted and rebuilt so that I had an understanding of the bike, and confidence in its reliability. My dream bike at the time was the RDLC350, but sadly it was out of reach due to my lack of commitment to progress my licence from provisional to full.

Yamaha RDLC350

In anticipation of passing my test i purchased a RD250 DX which was the earlier air cooled version of the LC (liquid cooled)

RD 250 DX in Kenny Roberts colours. Brought this bike on a whim and had to sell it because i hadn’t passed my test 🙁

However, I eventually moved more towards cars, and this became the transport distraction for the next five years or so.

In the 1990s I found an interest in classic scooters, and it was at this point I decided to take my full bike test. After passing this I was content with scooters, but passing my test would stand me in good stead for my most recent purchase years later.

I saw the bike on ebay and the looks, quality of build and the price made me want the it instantly.

The bike was paid for and couriered from Scotland to the Midlands in less than a week. After few small running issues that turned out to be timing related, its an absolute dream to ride. It pulls like a train and it encompases all that I love about two wheeled transport.

Calke Abbey

We spend a lot of time at Calke Abbey. It’s one of the few places you can park up in amazing surroundings and just chill with friends and family. It’s great to be able to use the campervan as a base to prepare food and drinks, or just to provide a cool place out of the sun if we are blessed with the good weather.

The calm before the storm. Mandy chilling before relatives arrive.

However, the only disadvantage was the toilet facilities were a twenty minute walk each way to the main house. This proved quite an inconvenience, so having a portaloo in the van went some way to helping the situation, but it wasn’t ideal.

That said, for a couple of years there was some major work being carried out behind the trees and we heard it was a new visitors centre. It was a long time coming but this Sunday outing we finally got to experience the new attraction. We were all really impressed.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey/projects/a-new-outdoor-hub-for-calke-abbey