Monday, 17 September 2018

This years Christmas Lunch will be held at the Jubilee Inn, nr South Molton on Saturday December the 8th. 12 for 12.30pm.
The committee have agreed to subsidize the meal by £3 per head so that the cost for the 2 courses plus tea or coffee will be £17. Space is limited, so only the first 30 bookings will be taken.
The Jubilee Inn require your selections from the menu plus numbers attending by Nov the 15th.
To book your place please send me your food choice from the above menu, together with remittance.
My address is
C J Wood
10, Clevelands Park,
EX39 3QH

Sunday, 9 September 2018

End of summer run 090918

15 riders made their way to Kirsty's Kitchen for todays end of summer run organised and led by Chris. On arrival at the cafĂ© we were met by good old Mike who once again signed us on and turned us upside down to shake the 2 pounds signing on fee, as it was it was worth every penny as Chris had laid on a cracking route and good weather. I was riding a new bike in my stable, a Honda 400T which I had to use today as my TR6 is still ditching oil.

Darol's ego edged up a couple of notches when a younger lady told him he was 'cool' and wanted to know if he was single!, when the run started, I was concerned whether he would follow us or stay in North Tawton!. In the event he joined us to follow Chris back to the main road and head off to Okehampton. Once through the town, we were led on the old main road through Lewdown and Launceston, ( Lanson as cousin Merv would say). As I followed the ride, I must confess to musing about some of the place names, now the village of Portgate was transited through and I couldn't help wondering how it got it's name?, after all it's miles from the sea so no port and no gate across the road, perhaps then it was that Port was sold here in great quantity during smugglers times and the village was the Gate through which the contraband flowed!. Then I'm sure we passed through a village called something like Sourscott!, I did not see a miserable Scot or a set of bagpipes as we went through!, ah well on with the route.

After Lanson, we headed for Kilkhampton  via Red Post which I was pleased to see back in full action once again, finally we pulled into our lunch stop The New Inn where we were well looked after with a varied menu some having just soup and others everything up to a roast.

As we got ready to set off for the run to Torrington, something happened which to me was straight forward but others couldn't understand, in fact Dermot says he is looking forward to my write up on the subject so here goes. When I came to sit on my steed, I noticed a pair of gloves on my saddle, I asked everyone around me but no one in the car park owned up to them so I surmised that one of the riders who had set off home must have forgotten them and I felt he would soon be doubling back for the gloves, so I told Ian that I was going to find who's they were and headed back toward Bude expecting any minute to see someone heading back to collect them, I would have stopped them, delivered the gloves and turned back, but by Bude there was no sign of a returning rider so I turned back and made my way to Torrington common arriving just after the run. As I was explaining my actions, Chris reached into my Hi Viz and pronounced they were his!, so mystery solved, it was a question of my knowing what I was doing and thinking that I had made the back markers understand that but perhaps not conveying fully to Ian and Dermot so they did as well!.

A great day out, well done to our Honda 90 rider who did not hold us up at all, to Chris and Mike and to Ian and Dermot for back marshal duties. Next run is October 14th for the Autumn run from Sainsburys Barnstaple.

The new boy ready to go

Kirsty's Kitchen for coffee

we fill up main square

and the New Inn car park

Dermot waves ( he's happy! )

Yes we were here honest!

That's not a second ice cream Roy is it!.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Fish n chips 010818

Another great evening at the welcome fryer in South Molton for this our last fish and chips of 2018, already!. Our numbers were a bit down as we have a few in the Caribbean ! on holiday, ( well perhaps they may wish that ). It means that they missed a partial strip by our esteemed Chairman at the very start of the evening ( ok it was involuntary ), however he would not repeat the performance for the camera, ( spoil sport ).
The conversation was the usual putting the world to rights with the other end of the tables concentrating on Brexit!, how they managed to eat fish and chips whilst on that subject I don't know.
OK now the next turn out for us will be at Atlantic village on the 12th of August where we will be lead by Roy to points yet to be discovered so come along folks.
Too late! floor show over

this is the non 'brexit' discussion group

this is the 'brexit' discussion group

Friday, 20 July 2018

Evening meet extra

Gordon was so happy, that he wore his best hat which he usually only wears to weddings and when sleeping.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Evening run 160718

On a wonderful summer evening last Monday, 10 of us arrived at the Anchor Inn Exebridge for an evening by the Exe river. As usual, the world was put to rights over a very wide assortment of subjects and the world was found to be the better for it ( or would be if someone would listen ). The main game of the evening was ' who will be last to put on a coat'?.

Next run will be August 12th from the Atlantic village Bideford , this will give those up north a few more minutes of beauty sleep, before then though it will be a fish n chip meet at South Molton on August 1st at 7pm, come and join in for this very popular event.

Chris shows us he can still stand

where has all the water gone?

no other bikers for Dermot to 'talk to'

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Ron Ley run 080718

With temperatures of 30 degrees promised, I was pleasantly surprised to get even the 12 riders and 3 non riders turn up for the Ron Ley run of 2018. Maurice can always be seen at this run as it is in memory of his brother whose run this is, unfortunately his steed was off the road which meant he was one of todays non riders.
It falls to me to organise and lead this run and it had to be slightly rerouted, as the original run which I had worked out and Ray had kindly driven me round on the previous Monday, could not be adhered to due to the midday lunch break not being available.
Chris had warned me on the morning that the link road was particularly busy and advised steering clear if possible, in fact, the run did go for a short distance on the way out but as we joined at a roundabout this was not a problem.
Ian and Mike agreed to cover the back marker roles for the day, so after a briefing from me, the riders set off dead on 1100. I lead out of South Molton and on to the A361 for a short distance before turning off to the B3227 towards Bampton. After another short distance, I turned off again left to Molland, then it was up on to the lower moor to wend our way to Withypool, here we had to be patient whilst two horses made their way over the bridge before we could cross.
A turn off in Withypool led us on to the B3223 for a very short distance before a turn off to Exford and here we had a turn on to the Porlock and Cloutsham road. I must say the views on the top road before dropping down to Cloutsham were wonderful. The Cloutsham road is very steep in places and has a ford which Chris informs me caused his BMW to slide a bit off a slimey stone, excellent horsemanship resulted in him staying mounted. At Webbers post we turned back sharp right to climb to Dunkery where another wonderful view beheld us. Dropping down from Dunkery led us on to the B3224 and a mile later we pulled into the Rest and be Thankful car park at Wheddon Cross where we were once again really well looked after.
The afternoon run was on to the Taunton road B3224 before turning right on to the lovely spine road leading to Bury, here a left took us on to the A396 as far as the round house at Exebridge. A short run on the road through Exebridge led us to our next turn on to the road to Oldways End, here a turn right and left took us between the Botteraux and Yeo mills to meet the B3227 for a few miles then turning on to the Bishops Nympton road allowed me to lead the run over the A361 link road and on to Bish Mill to finish back at Quince in South Molton.
It is always very rewarding for an organiser if things seem to go well, the Markers do not leave their post, no on breaks down, no one falls off and everybody turns up at the end venue having had an enjoyable day motorcycle riding. Thanks to Ian and Mike at the back and to Quince and the Rest and be Thankful, now our next run is to the Anchor Inn in Exebridge next Monday evening, do come chaps as this is another of our enjoyable evening ride outs.

those dining in

those dining out

the bikes caught sunbathing

some bikes find shade

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Skittles evening 210618

This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the Town Arms, enough people turned up to make 2 strong teams which were lead by Sandy and Margaret. The success of the bouncing bomb theory was investigated and specsavers had a rush of enquiries the next day but this must not detract from the excellent social evening it turned out to be, there was even free burgers supplied and Richards wife sent wonderful cakes whilst Margaret brought lovely ginger biscuits she had made.
Richard was the top scorer for the night and Sandys team the highest scoring team, well done all.
Next run will be the Ron Ley run on the 8th July from the Quince honey farm South Molton.

Dermot attended the Town Arms on the 24th June in case anyone turned up for the cancelled girder fork run, he was joined by Cyril and Roy and they enjoyed coffee and biscuits for their troubles, I have attached a couple of photos he has sent me.
Steve eyes up the challenge

free burgers and cakes WOW!

girder coffee

not girder but pre 1960