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    Posted: 16 Apr 2015 at 18:57
I'd like ot pay homage to my favourite road.
The A303 that connects Hampshire and the South West.
It's not a challenging road, or particularly scenic.
It's just a lovely ride, past some interesting landmarks, one of which is Stone Henge.
I did my first ever long trip on my first bike on that road, from where I was based at the time in Twickenham, to my parents in Devon, on a Kawasaki 100cc 2 stroke.
Since then it has always been a very special road for me.
I've told my Wife that when I go, I want my ashes to be scattered somewhere on that road, in a quiet layby.
I love the A303.
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Interesting.... it's a PITA during summer months, what with all that holiday traffic Disapprove especially around the Stones!

I do travel from Yeovil (near A37) to Amesbury, a few miles past Stonehenge a couple times a month, but  often return along the A30 - I cut down to Salisbury and head back home via Shaftsbury and thats a much nicer ride on a bike, although I appreciate your affinity with the A303.
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Live pretty close to it and have covered many a mile on it but I can think of better roads than it. The A303 is just too congested to enjoy.
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If you wknow.. and i mean know that plod isnt around it can be a very fast road indeed
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Originally posted by Baldybloke Baldybloke wrote:

Live pretty close to it and have covered many a mile on it but I can think of better roads than it. The A303 is just too congested to enjoy.
 
Yes I get that.
It's the memories I have of it that make it my favourite road.
I took my then fiance, now Wife, down that road for her first ever pillion ride on a barmy hot afternoon in 1987 to meet my parents for the first time, on a Honda VT500 I hired especially for the occassion, as I had just written off my CX500.
She loved it and laughed nearly all the way.
There are so many other fond memories of the A303 I have that make it my favourite road.
 
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I'm with Pigford, I really like the A30 from Shaftesbury to Salisbury. Some nicest little roads off it as well
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Once spent hour and a half and travelling less than five miles on it. Not favorite road of mine but there are some really nice and interesting places it will get you to ..... eventually. Once diverted off to London via Salisbury just to avoid the traffic jammed up all the way past Stonehenge. That way at least you can find somewhere decent to get a bite to eat!

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Recon you've got it bad if the 303 does it for you Vmaxer.....must be some heck of a good memories

A396 is one of mine, A30 is good too......the list keeps getting longer

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote vmaxer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 00:32
Originally posted by Android Android wrote:

must be some heck of a good memories

 
Exactly my point.
It's a bit like bikes.
Some of my best biking memories, have been on what on paper, have been the most dreadful excuses for bikes.
Like when I went to France for a holiday on an MZ250.
I've been touring there on all sorts of exotica since then, but nothing has come close to the fun I had on that trip over 30 years ago.
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I think I'm picking up the essence behind this, some times the hardships make the better memories??

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guztave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 07:11
I understand vmaxer's sentiments - it's not just about the road, but a combination of things that make it special to him. I also like the A396, great biking road and good for cycling too if you are feeling energetic!
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Originally posted by Benito Benito wrote:

A396,  good for cycling too if you are feeling energetic!
Well that's one that would have escaped me LOL...ha ha
 
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Ha. Even the A34, northbound to the M40, has it's "grin factor" ... when you are pootling up the middle of two looooooong lanes of stationery traffic!

Is it just me, or do more car (and lorry) drivers actually seem to look in their mirrors, these days, when queued and let bikers through?
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Funny you say that. I'm sure that cars pull over a bit these days. Perhaps it's the high cost of replacement mirrors. there was a time when a lot of motorists used to actively try blocking filtering bikes.
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Originally posted by Jerry atric Jerry atric wrote:

... there was a time when a lot of motorists used to actively try blocking filtering bikes ...


That's pretty much how I remember it!
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