|lets have a cuppa before we start|
|Lunch at Princetown|
|gathering at the start in good weather|
|D & S supplies at Winkleigh|
|the bikes patiently wait|
|a comfort break at Widecombe|
|ah that's better!.|
The promised good weather sent 24 riders and one pillion passenger to D & S supplies at Winkleigh for the Dartmoor run, organised and led today by Ian B. Promptly at 11.00, Ian led us away from Winkleigh through a few twists and turns toward the moor, I could clearly see the Tors in the distance getting closer by the mile, it wasn't long before we bumped over the first cattle grid on to the moor proper. Ian had warned us at the briefing that we should be aware of the 40mph limit as there had been covert camera vehicles deployed recently, also he mentioned the ponies and sheep likely to wander across the road in front of us and this they did. A stop was made at Widecombe for a comfort break and here the restart was held up a bit by a few riders being slow to get going, the back markers today were Chris and Roy and they followed them out allowing me , who was marking the turn out, to move off. There were a lot of visitors on the moor which held us up a bit but not too badly and after some 35 miles we all arrived safely at the old Police station in Princetown for lunch. After lunch the route took us through Chagford and on to Whiddon Down where people started breaking off for home. I must say this was an excellent route in very good weather amongst friends which is surely what motorcycling is all about. Thanks to Ian for the route and for leading, to Chris and Roy agreeing to do back marker duties and to everyone for marking the turns well. Now don't forget next Monday evening to meet at the MITRE in Witheridge followed by Ian L's offer to show us around his Norton collection which he tells me now stands at 67!, then our next run will be on September 10th starting at Kirsty's Kitchen in North Tawton.