Sunday, 14 August 2016

Dartmoor run 14th August 2016

Wow what a great day out!. 25 riders turned up today at Grahams in Halwill Junction for this years Dartmoor run, this was the first run this year with a promise of no rain all day. Apart from the weather, runs this year have been well received and this run was no exception. After signing on with Chris and  tea and coffee laid on by the family and a briefing, 24 of us, ( Stan not happy with his bike ), set off on time with Ian and John agreeing to do rear marshal duties. The route took us back to Halwill before turning onto the A3079 towards Holsworthy. A few miles on saw Graham turning off the main road on to tracks leading to Ashwater and Ashmill then past Roadford resevoir. Ahead in the distance with lovely views today, we saw the tors on Dartmoor beckoning, then on passing the fairground museum and briefly joining the old A30 Graham led us through Lewdown before turning off and heading for a stop to stretch legs at Lydford National trust car park. A restart saw us join the A386 towards Tavistock at Mary Tavy, then on to the moor proper where we made our way to Princetown for lunch in the Old Police station cafe where we were well looked after. The afternoon run saw us cross the moor to Moretonhampstead via Two Bridges, a number of sheep and cattle tried out our weaving skills, 2 coming very close to 'incidents' but the skill of our riders was up to the task! ( or was it luck!), feeling we needed more food!, we stopped at a car park with an ice cream van at the ready. Graham then took us around M'hampstead and we headed off to Whiddon Down where we took the road through Sticklepath and finally to the BP Services which was the end of the run, about 68 miles in total, Many thanks to Graham for a very good route, to his family for the teas and coffees, to Chris stepping in to sign us on and to Ian and John for rear marshal cover, now don't forget next Mondays evening run to the Mitre at Witheridge after which we shall take a trip on to view Ians 56, ( or is it now more? ),Nortons so see you there.
Chris signs us on at Grahams

The bikes are packed in

note the unusual sunshine

Lydford Gorge car park

Lunch stop

Ice cream with great views

Merv brings his car and chauffer!

Dermot could not resist a cone

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Fish and chips social evening 3rd August 2016

Once again despite holidays and illness there was a very good turnout for this popular event, we were again very well looked after by the welcome fryer in South Molton and we responded by being every bit the perfect customers ( now who was it that told me to say that ?). Conversations put the world to rights and it was suggested that Theresa May be invited to the next one to pick up some good pointers!!. Now whilst I have your attention, don't forget the next run is next Sunday the 14th to start at Holwill Junction, I am told there will be signs from the roundabout, usual 1030 for 1100 start folks, see you there.
Anyone seen Chris?

What are you going to have then?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Evening run 18th July 2016

On an excellent evening, ( unusual for most of our runs this year so far! ), 11 riders sat around 2 tables in the garden of the Anchor inn Exebridge to partake of a thirstquencher, good company and very interesting conversations, Firstly, Dermot gave, by example, a lesson in diplomacy toward Harley owners, thereafter the talk was wide ranging and instructive leading to a very enjoyable evening, the smiles of the folks gathered will give proof of this. My quality Triumph hat appears to have come to the attention of at least 2 persons attending and I had to be sure to hang on to it all evening and I will ensure I bring it again. Next run will be on August 14th starting from Holwill junction, I'm told there will be directions from the village centre, hope to see you there folks.
Smiling in the sunshine

                        NEWS OF THE UNIVERSE

                                                 BACK BEHIND BARS.
           To-day NEWS OF THE UNIVERSE can reveal that Cutthroat Clatworthy is once more behind bars after being on the run for almost a year. Cuttthroat Clatworthy, who escaped custody with the aid of two other notorious villains, Razar Rowcliffe and Cosher Cleeve, was serving a life sentence for numerous crimes. These crimes included the wearing of headgear likely to result in a breach of the peace and the insulting of riders of single cylinder machines.
Witnesses testifying at his trial said that he had boasted that 'flies are attracted to me'. Is it any wonder when he wears such a vile smelly rag on his head?
NEWS OF THE UNIVERSE under-cover investigators have discovered that Cutthroat who's real name is Gordon has a twin sister.
This sister out of some misguided sense of loyalty has taken it upon herself to impersonate her loathsome brother and to try and bring some respectability to the Clatworthy name.
She now wears his clothes and frequents the same places where his crimes were committed. If you should happen, dear readers, to meet the sister in this disguise, do not be fooled, you are not talking to a man but a woman. Smile sympathetically and call her Christine.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Deepest Devon run 10th July 2016

17 riders turned up at the Bickleigh mill for Keiths Deepest Devon run, now let me clear up a point here, this was not Keith trying to get us to the point in Devon which is nearest to Ayres' rock in Australia but rather that we should see some of the tucked away and rural places in the county!. The weather for the day was promissed to be mainly dry with some showers around midday and this proved to be the case though nowhere near as many showers as we thought. As Mike was incapacitated due to damaging his knee ( get well soon Mike ), Chris did the signing on honours and Keith lead us away on time after the usual briefing with Chris and myself doing the honours at the rear. The route was back through Tiverton and out towards Butterleigh and Silverton with some lovely views on the way, then on to Thorverton, here we were lead on toward Stockleigh Pomeroy and Cheriton Fitzpaine where 4 of our number decided to do an unauthorised breakaway which meant that I had to leave Chris on his own at the back whilst I chased after them, three were successfully recovered and taken to the mid day stop by a different route, Dermot was seen going North and it was presumed he was continuing the run via Ilfracombe!, all eventually turned up at the Mount Pleasant Inn in Nomansland where we were well looked after. There was a shower of rain whilst we were in the Inn but it had stopped before we set off toward Rackenford, the rest of the afternoon saw us wend our way through some picturesque areas of Devon near to Molland, Knowstone, Anstey and Bishops Nympton before arriving back at the Corn Dolly in South Molton for a well eaned cuppa prior to the run home. It just remains to thank all those who came, some from a distance, to participate and to thank Keith for a very enjoyable run, now don't forget the evening run next Monday, ( July 18th ),to the Anchor at Exebridge, around 7pm, see you there.
The riders assemble

let's have a coffee to start!

meanwhile we have to wait

Dermot finds us!

unwind with another coffee

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Girder fork run June 26th 2016

As I was in North Yorks, Ray has sent me the following write up and Brian the photos for this run:

10 riders assembled at the Town Arms under a cloudy sky and threatening rain, but we still set off, with Ray leading, turning left out of South Molton towards Torrington. After about 4 miles, the road was taken to Chittlehampton then on through the village when a turn was made right to Cobbaton. The road then allowed some great views over Dartmoor as we headed into North Tawton, then the A377 was followed for some 10 miles before a right turn to Atherington. We then turned off this road into the Cranford Inn for an excellent lunch where we were made most welcome by the Landlady and everyone seemed well satisfied. After lunch, we left the pub and made our way to Torrington where most of the North Devon riders left us to make their way home, we then made our way to Winkleigh and on to Morchard Station, here Brian left us to make his way back to Exeter which left just 3 of us to make our way to Witheridge and somewhere along the way we lost Darryl, we went back along the road for about 3 miles and saw him dissappearing in the opposite direction, after trying to catch him for a couple of miles, we gave up after realising he was apparently ok and continued on our original route back home to Tiverton.
A great day out with dry roads all day as the threatening rain did not materialise, I hope that all riders enjoyed their day out and we shall see them all on the next girder run.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Evening run 20th June 2016

I wonder if the people who stayed home to watch the England v Slovakia match thought it was worth missing out on another great evening run to the Exeter Inn in Chittlehamholt where we were well received and even given bowls of free chips at our tables. 10 riders and 2 family members enjoyed the evening where the usual very serious and meaningful conversations took place!. Someone left a yellow sam browne belt at the Inn, which the landlord passed to Roy, so if you were that person please see him for it's return. There is a girder fork run this Sunday starting from the Town Arms in South Molton so if you have such a vehicle and Ray has not yet grabbed you to come, please do so, it's the usual 1030 for an 1100 start. I must mention Keiths excellent photo spotting night at the last club night, it was a very good evening for the members that attended, it really checks your powers of observation, thank you Keith.
where are the riders

Ah, they are inside scoffing chips!

Ah well we have to wait then