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Hak5 UK Meetup (Darren will be there)


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Hey all, my birthday is coming up in February and seeing as how I've yet to venture across the pond I figured 27 is the perfect age to celebrate in the UK.

I'll be arriving at London Heathrow Intl. on the morning of Tuesday, February 16. I'll be in town, as it were, until the following Monday afternoon, February 22.

There will of course be a Hak5 meetup (or several) as I journey across the UK and possibly Ireland or parts of Europe. So far the plan is wide open. Your input (or generosity) will greatly influence the adventure.

I'll be arriving in London on Tuesday morning. I've rented a motorcycle for the week so I'll take the tube across town and pick it up. From there I've got wheels and can go pretty much anywhere. You guys drive on the left, right? I mean, correct?

I'm open to the idea of crossing the channel and heading up through France, Belgium and into Germany. I've always wanted to see Germany, especially since I speak the language (badly), but I'm afraid the western side of Germany is as far as I could get before having to turn back. My max riding distance per day is about 650 kilometers. Decrease that greatly when throwing in foreignness.

Alternatively I could make a big clockwise circle across to Dublin (Rkiver has offered a couch, thanks for the kindness), up to Belfast, and over to Sheffield (Robin Wood aka Digininja has offered to put me up there which is a blessing) and back down to London for my return flight.

I'll of course be recording an episode of Hak5 along the way!

Anyone else wanna lend a couch? I'm offering to do chores around the house, defrag your hard drive, steal your neighbors wireless. :)

I'd like to see the UK / Ireland / parts of Europe via motorbike and newfound friends. I'm not that interested in Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, Big Ben, etc. Just show me the local pub, the match and the menu.

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I'm sure if you are in the city, I could make it to a pub for a few beers. Word of advice the British drink like the next day is the day of their execution and they need to get a life's worth of drinking in. People are good spirited mostly but if you see men or women passed out on the street on a Friday or Saturday night leave them alone, there be fine.

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http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&sour...080166&z=14

http://www.altontowers.com/

If you are in the vicinity it's probably worth a trip providing it's not a school holiday day or some thing. They have a roller coaster which is exclusively a single vertical drop and a bunch of other vaguely innovative rides such as Air which is make you fill like you are flying. Hex is probably one of there most innovative, it tells a supernatural story with a resounding finale.

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I think some form of London/UK meet up should be planned, I'm pretty open to any data around that time. I might even be able to offer a place to sleep for the night, but I'm an hour south west of London so it might be out of your way a bit.

It will be fun to introduce Darren to English drinking.

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Just a word of warning Darren, be careful on your trip to and from Holyhead. The roads (if sunny) will be great for Biking, however there is a large police presence throughout North Wales... a member of this forum who lives in Wales recently had to attend a speed awareness course ;)

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any biker that comes to the uk must goto the ace even if its just for a coffee and to say you have been

http://www.ace-cafe-london.com/default.aspx

21st meet is

Meet Name: Super Moto + XJR O.C. + N.A.B.D. + Scooters

Start Time: 18:00 PM End Time: 23:00 PM

XJR O.C = The yamaha XJR owners club

N.A.B.D = National Association for Bikers with a Disability ( respect to fallen riders )

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Don't leave your bike unguarded in Manchester :P

Try and stick to some of the windy A-Roads as they are much nicer than the horrible M1, M6 and their ilk. Also, avoid the M62 if you are that far North (probably not from Sheffield). Had two bike crashes down there. Its not the weather for it at the moment.

Would love to meet up in London though. That'd be schweet! :D

Oh yeah, cheers for that link Metatron (http://cyberpunk.org.uk/) - Thats very handy (have only been in London for a couple of Months)

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I've updated the plan with event details

http://www.darrenkitchen.net/hak5-uk-2010-tour-the-plan

Snake pass is a must, as well as Ace Cafe.

This open google map is a blessing. Feel free to add a route or drop a push-pin:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&amp...mp;source=embed

Vako, hope you come out to the London meetup, looking forward to meeting you.

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Snake pass is a must, as well as Ace Cafe.

Absoultely, but bear in mind if the weather is as bad as it has been recently, the Police will close the road!

Have a back up plan, probably M1 south from Sheffield, onto the A50 past Derby, back onto the M6 at Stoke-on-Trent, then off the M6 at J19, Onto the A556, then A56 into Manchester.

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