Monday, 14 August 2017

Dartmoor run 130817

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.

Friday, 11 August 2017


Dermot has written to me asking that I inform you all of a very kind offer from Ian that anyone attending the evening run to the Mitre on the 21st is invited to follow him home for a second chance to view his collection of Nortons which has grown since we last visited, so come along for a great evening out.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Fish and chips 020817

watch the birdie!

looks good grub as usual

The turnout at the welcome fryer on Wednesday last was a bit down on numbers due to holidays and sickness, however Ray tells me that it was still a very enjoyable evening as is usual at this venue so roll on the next one. Now whilst I have your attention folks, it was not possible to run Keith's observation night at last months club night due once again to holidays and sickness producing poor numbers, so we decided that since Keith puts so much work into the preparation, we would run it again at a future club night.
I need to remind you all that we have a talk on 21st September by the bloodbikes, or Devon Freewheelers to give them their correct title, please make every effort to attend as it would be embarrassing to have a poor attendance for this event.
Now the next event for us is this weekend when Ian will lead us off from D&S supplies on the old Winkleigh airfield site for a trip around Dartmoor, then on the 21st of this month there is an evening meet at the Mitre in Witheridge, this is our last evening meet this year ( what already! ). Thanks to Steve for the photos he sent me and Ray for the brief, I will in future try to time any illness to avoid fish and chips evenings!.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Evening run 170717

we take over some of the outside tables

good weather and good company

still room for a few more next year

the bikes wait patiently

some came by car but a real talking point

A reasonable turn out on an excellent evening weather-wise and at a really nice venue by the river Exe, namely the Anchor at Exebridge. Doug brought his 1934 car bringing the family and Mike from Brayford way, this car caused much conversation, not a motorway vehicle by any means but ok for the 23 miles they drove to get to the Anchor. These evening runs are really well appreciated but already we are now down to the last evening run which will be on the 21st August to the Mitre at Witheridge, where has the year gone?. The owners ran a raffle whilst we were there and Mike could not believe it when he won! so he will get a free meal for 2 at a time of his choice, lucky chap, Dermot complained that had Keith run the draw he would have won!.
Next run folks is the Dartmoor run starting at D & S supplies at Winkleigh on the 13th August, see you there guys.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Ron Ley run 9th July 2017

no I didn't use a drone for this pic!.

Eggesford tea room

safe arrival at the Mount Pleasant Inn

poss new members?

Despit holidays and family commitments, 18 members turned up at the Eggesford garden centre for this years Ron Ley run, Jack came along with his dog to see us off, that left 17 but when Cyril arrived, he was not happy with his Douglas' performance so elected to limp back to Tivvy leaving 16 to commence the run. The Eggesford cafe did us proud and if it weren't for the road leading up to the car park, it would be a very good choice to use again. Todays run was mine to organise and lead, Ray had kindly driven me around the route some 2 weeks before as I was on a cruise up until this week so I hoped there had been no road changes in the meantime and that I could remember the turns!. With Ian and Richard kindly agreeing to do back marker duties, we set off on time at 11 am heading for Winkleigh, once there we wound our way through the town and set off for Monkokehampton, ( I'm told the town is known as Monkhampton ). I took the decision to lead the run around Okehampton to arrive from the west as it gave us a fine view of the tors on Dartmoor, however it did mean we had to negotiate a short journey on the A30, this was to short a run on the A30 for some and they elected to remain on it for another 5 miles or so meaning that I saw riders arriving from both directions on arrival at The Post Inn in Whiddon Down. The Post Inn did us proud and a good hour or so was passed eating a choice from the menu. The afternoon run saw us head to Spreyton and Bow then Down St Mary before crossing the A377 and on to Morchard Bishop and Black Dog before arriving at our finish stop at the Mount Pleasant Inn in Nomansland, again we were well received and looked after by the staff who were now catering for 14 of us. Thanks to the rear marshals for bringing up the rear and a well done to Dermot who finished the run without a call to Sandy seeking direction!, see you all next run which is an evening meet on the 17th July at the Anchor at Exebridge 7pm.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Staghunters Inn mugshot

what are they smiling about?
Dermot has sent me a snap of himself, Tony and Roy enjoying a drink at the Staghunters inn in the sunshine, date and time unknown and skulduggery being discussed leading to wide smiles also unknown!.

Girder run 250617

Sadly only 4 riders turned up at Rays for the girder fork run on Sunday 25th June, apparently 2 more riders did make their way to Morrisons as this was the start venue given in the calendar, however this had been changed and was promulgated but unfortunately not picked up by all. On arrival, it was apparent that Darol was having some difficulty with his mag requiring quite a lot of
Darol speaks nicely to his bike

must work for the council!

proof that his bike did run

Ray leaves his drive

Brian is on his way

Tony brings up the rear
fettling, however, when a suggestion from Brian regarding retarding the ignition was acted on the bike burst into life. Tea, coffee and nibbles were supplied on arrival by Ray and Margaret even to myself and Keith who were mere spectators!. The run set off on time in good heart but unfortunately Darols' Triumph was not happy and the run came to a halt just short of Huntsham. Ray rode home to fetch his trailer and managed to lift Darol back to his place to await the arrival of the AA.