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

Friday, 22 June 2018

news flash

Hi folks, just a quick note to say that due to lack of numbers and eligible machines, this Sundays girder fork run will not now take place, so our next run will be on July 8th from Quinces honey farm in South Molton.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Evening run 180618

Due to illness, misty weather and possibly the England match, only 6 riders arrived at the Jubilee Inn for this evening ride out, this was a great shame as the Jubilee had opened especially for us and had laid on a very good free buffet. It was however a very enjoyable evening and much discussion and banter over a large range of topics took place. Apologies were made to the landlady for the low numbers attending which she took in good faith.
The A361 link road had been closed when we left Tiverton and the traffic was diverted through to the Black Cat, ( the way we were going ! ), however, traffic was light and caused us no problems.
Our next evening meet will be at the Anchor Inn on the 16th July, I hope this event will attract more riders else we will have to consider if the work to organise these events is worth it.
Our next ride out is the girder fork run this Sunday 24th June from the Town Arms South Molton, this ride is also open to any pre 1960 motorbike.
Which bike will Keith take home

not so many tonight



Dermot at Hogwarts

good grub and pleasant company

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dartmoor run 100618

15 riders turned up at D & S supplies Winkleigh for this years Dartmoor run organised and led by Ian. We rather swamped the small café at D & S but they coped very well and since the weather was good, we mostly found ourselves outside chatting in the sunshine. 2 riders from near Whiddon Down joined us, I think for the first time, we had a good chat, they came on a Triumph and a BSA.
John and Mike kindly agreed to be back markers for the day so Ian gave us a briefing which included a warning about 'moor care' and at 1100 we all set off.
The morning route was very enjoyable, many riders telling me that they had not been on some of the roads before. Once we got on to the moor, it was a very pleasant ride through Postbridge before turning into Princetown for lunch at the Old Police Station. I must say that the service here was quite fast considering the number of people they had to serve.
After lunch, Ray declared that he had ridden far enough ( I thought he had done very well actually ), so I elected to follow him back to Tiverton. A few other riders also had to leave at this point but the remainder, I am told, travelled on to Hexworthy, Venford reservoir and Holme before arriving for a finish at Whiddon Down.
Thanks to Ian for a great route and to John and Mike for back marker duties also to Mike, Liz and Ian for some of the photos and the afternoon brief,  a very enjoyable day.
Now don't forget the evening run next Monday 18th, it will be at the Jubilee Inn on the old A361, Keith has been in touch with them and they have agreed to put on nibbles etc and wish to take photos of our bikes so please come along.
The bikes arrive at D & S

A lovely Triumph Dermot!

Back at Whiddon

more of Whiddon

what we do best, chat!

waiting for the trip home

we are inside eating

getting ready for the afternoon ride

more at the lunch stop

the weather is still good

Monday, 4 June 2018

Evening meet June 18th

Keith has been in touch with the Jubilee Inn regarding our forthcoming visit there on the 18th June for our evening meet. They have expressed a very keen interest in our visit and have said they will lay on nibbles and possibly more, as a result, we are keen that there should be a good turnout on the night so please clear your diaries and come along for what I'm sure will be an enjoyable meet.
The evening will be light so no going home in the dark and in any event you do not have to stay late if you wish to leave early, so we hope to see you there, please pass this info to anyone else who may not have the internet or not be a regular reader ( though surely there are not many of these people! ).
Next meet will be this Sunday 10th June, meet at D & S supplies Winkleigh for the Dartmoor run.