Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Now and Then


For those visiting here for the first time, go here for the story about my trip to visit all the towns called Manchester in the USA 

The Road2Manchester   

APRIL 2-3 . 2016

Manchester Bike Show. Stand C21-24.

The Chunky Tread Motorcycle Adventure Club.

The final final list of bikes and riders for the stand are.

Sam Manicom
Derek Mansfield
Nathan Milward
Road2 himself
Bernard Smith
Ian Coates
Dave Fenton
Nick Sykes
Alex J Jackson
Ren Withnal
Sharon Parker

and a surprise or two.

The campsite has also got a few other guests as well as the above,

Event City is at Junc 9 or 10 M60 Manchester Ring Rd,

6000 free parking places

See gary Pitchfords Rally bike just back from the Tureg rally in Africa#

Monday, 18 January 2016

Two big Adventure Travel events this year:

The HUBB the Horizons Unlimited web site event was missed from the 2015 must go list.
This year the event returns and offers a list of speakers, gear, stands and riders camping with varied entertainment.

I have attended two HUBBs and found the ticket prices a bit high, but even with the number of things to do, this 'Franchised' event can be found across the world. is the other one . In its second year, the Overland event and with the move to Oxford, it gets a bit closer to the rest of the uK.

With the success and growth of the magazine, the 2015 event was relaxed, cool and a good mix of features. The camp ground 1, was full and the 2nd was a quiet option.

A nice and cost aware event that I will be going back to.

Manchester Bike Show.

With 144sq mtrs to play with, the event will see the 3rd vist by the Chunky Tread Motorcycle Adventure Club

With a great list of exhibitors the biggest stand yet will include

 and many more who are not selling books.....

Ian Coates.

My old friend Ian Coates had a bad accident recently. Ian 73 was once again up a ladder, lifting beams, and fell off. 
10 broken ribs, broken wrist and the bad bit, head trauma.

3 weeks later Ian is still in hospital  and the head injury is still causing issues with memory loss and recognition problems.

Get well soon old friend.

My alter ego Harrystottle poem about Ian has 2256 reads in 24 hours.
Ian has over 5000 friends on FB so I guess that should be exepected.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 Motorcycle Explorer magazine is a virtual mag that would be very heavy if it as in print.

Take a look and the work of my friend James Owen and see a short article about my trip,

Thanks Jimbo.

The list for the Chunky Tread Stand of exceedingly well traveled motorcycle riders is growing

SAM MANICOM             rtw 4 books
IAN COATES                   rtw 14 years
BERNARD SMITH          rtw 2 books
NATHAN MILWARD     Sidney to London
DAVE FENTON               Euro adventures
REN WITHNELL             Bikes and travels blog
SHARON PARKER            "         "       "       "
SPENCER  JAMES CONWAY    African Diaries Sky TV
DEREK MANSFIELD      Euro trips book
NICK SYKES                    Photography-bikes- travels
ALEX J JACKSON           Kaapstad africa tours
Road 2 Manchester             33 towns called Manchester USA

 and some I can't remember at the moment...

Manchester Bike Show 2-3 April 2016 Event City Manchester

New blog for the Chunky Tread MAC

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Interweb book face

Thanks to all of you out there is Interweb land. It took 30 minutes to boost my blog visits to an amazing 11 thousand in 4 years. That may not be a record but I find it pretty cool.

The funny part of this extra 10 was that places they came from were a little spread out.
San Paulo in Brazil was the furthest one from here and they were 10999 on the list. Granada in Spain and Budapest in Hungary came in 2nd and third, but the last one was Bradford, 25 miles up the road.

Thanks guys and gals, NOW if the last 3 years is a bit boring, visit the list of posts and find May-June 2011 and that is the tale of my USA trip and the namesake of this blog.

United States of Amanchester a trip to ride to 33 towns of that name. Road2Manchester on twitter and Roadto Manchester on Facebook.

By time I write this 11001 is on the revolver globe on the right column>>>>>>>>> if it isn't turning give it a click and see all those red dots.

Thanks again


Monday, 2 November 2015

Motorcycle Explorer magazine

Thanks to the hard working Owens family who produce one of the best on-line magazines out there,

Click the Link to take a peek.

The latest issue has a little article about some geezer riding around the USA on a Honda seeking out towns called Manchester can't imagine who they mean !!!!

Thanks James and Liane

April 1st 2nd 3rd 2016 CAMPUS MANUCUNION

A small bijou camp for those wishing to visit the Manchester Bike Show and also take a trip around the area over the weekend, Situated in a quiet corner just 12 miles from the show, the camp is a closed event for those invites and asking.
£10 for the weekend.  (Bunkhouse (£20) Friday Sat Sun.

Follow the facebook page and join the virtual club that does virtually nothing. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Alter Ego Harry Stottle Poet,.

Another page. Moving is such sweet sorrow. B & C

Turn that page you kept shut long enough
the words of life spell a story so tough.
Each speck of dust that launches a tender sigh
They float away and reach the open sky.
Does that floating tear mean more
than this
,memories are bitter sweet but do not miss
For the days we had and the day we have
left, are shared with those thoughts and mixed with the rest.

Its good to remember but better to accept that the best bits are
behind and the better still yet.
Though you want to be brave and show not one regret
The one in your heart you will never forget.

But she was a fighter and a love is still in these things
So pack away memories in boxes with string.
Mark those up with a  felt tip pen
and when you settle you can open again.

But do not unpack with a tear in your eyes
You bring those memories back from your lives.
Better to love and lost than never loved at all
but loving Cathy is eternal, and its boxed, in the hall.