Sunday, 29 August 2010

Our evening runs 2010

There have been three evening rides this year other than the monthly meetings, Woody has mentioned the evening run to The Bell at Chittlehampton, since then we have had a run to The Three Tuns at Silverton on 26th July and a run to The Mitre at Witheridge on the 23rd August. In both cases about 9 machines turned up, it was nice to see John Brunyee at Silverton as well as people from 'the east'. At the Mitre, we took over an outside table where 'quality' jokes went the rounds ! - very enjoyable.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Ray & Chris' Return Trip To Wales

Ray & Chris made a return bike trip to Wales at the end of May/beginning of June. We were hoping for better weather this year, but it was still a very mixed bag. We had a bit of everything, but it definately wasn't as wet as last year!

We stayed the first three nights at Crickhowell in a B&B. The first day we visited Hay-on-Wye to have a look around & see the bookshops of course. The route was via the Vale of Ewyas and over the Gospel Pass. The following day we took a trip to the Brecon Mountain Railway, & then on to the Dan-yr-Ogof showcaves, returning throught the Brecon Beacons National Park.

We moved on the next day to Pentre-ty-Gwyn, near Llandovery for four nights, visiting the castle at Carreg- Cennen on the way. This is spectacular and well worth the climb up to it, the views are terrific! .The Dolaucothi Goldmines were our next stop where we went underground on the Roman Tour. .In the afternoon we traversed a spectacular, isolated mountain road from Tregaron to Abergwesyn. Not for the faint hearted! A really wet following day forced us into the Welsh National Botanic Gardens where we took shelter in the greenhouse!

Then on the last day, rather weary, we set off for home. I would recommend a trip to this area, lots of other bikers seemed to love it too, quiet roads & lots of good bends! We also had several meals in the Westend Cafe where bikers from all over the country seem to gather. . A good trip!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Next Club Run - August 29th

Our next club run is on Sunday August 29th. This run is for Girder Fork bikes only. No Teles on this one please! We are meeting at the "Angel" in Witheridge, gathering at 10.30 for a start at 11.00.

The lunch stop will be at the "Bell" in Chittlehampton, as usual, where the landlord will choose the bike to be awarded the Ron Ley Memorial Cup.

June's Events

There were three club events in June. The first was the Ron Ley Run on June 13th. This is always a popular run, taking in some stunning scenery. We started at Cullompton Services on the M5, 13 of us led by Gordon over the Blackdown Hills, taking in lunch at a farm shop. Dave Heywood unfortunately had a break down with his sparking plug insert blowing out. We all made our own way home, with four of us returning to Tiverton.

June 15th was a "Ride Your Bike" club night gathering at the Town Arms, South Molton.

We had an evening meeting on June 21st at the "Bell Inn", Chittlehampton. A nice pub, well known for it's good food. A pint and a natter was enjoyed by all.

June was a lovely month weather wise and we all made the most of it.

A Lot To Catch-up With!

Sorry I have been absent for a while, but life has been extremely busy recently. I will be catching up with the club events of the summer from now on.

We have had good runs and club nights this year. June was glorious weather but the same can't be said about July and August. Never mind that's England for you! We always enjoy ourselves despite the weather. What a hardy bunch!