"My destination was the Isle of Man, a tiny island in the middle of the Irish Sea off the northwest coast of England. It's best known for two things: its status as a tax haven, and a 102-year-old motorcycle race called the TT, which is run on real roads by unsung racers who whiz, at speeds approaching 200 m.p.h., within inches of stone walls and spectators.
I planned to catch the tail end of the legendary TT, then enjoy the island in its natural state - that is, not overrun by motorcycles. I just had to get here, which meant flying to London, renting a motorcycle, biking 250 miles across England, and taking a 31/2-hour ferry ride to the port town of Douglas." There's more atthe link above.