Friday, 19 August 2011

Social Run 14th August 2011

A good turn out of 26 at the Black cat for the start of the run included Bob Mitchell a visitor from Kent on his Enfield V twin ( 1300cc I think ), and the 500cc Ariel chair outfit of Mike Spillar. Following him was quite an experience as the rider and passenger leant into and out of each corner. Steve and Sue turned up on the Trike which Steve has made up based on a Honda Goldwing. This was the first long run that Steve had undertaken since the accident to his back, he was unsure at first whether he would be able to do the run. Fred and team made everyone welcome with cups of tea and coffee plus toast before the run set off, many thanks folks!. Ray and I set the run to encompass much of the route which was aborted in June due to bad weather, so we were able to give the lunchtime business back to the restaurant. The route was back through Tiverton, Halberton and Willand then on to Wellington where we climbed up on to the spine of the Blackdown hills before dropping down to the A303 which had to be crossed before arriving at the lunch stop near Chard. 19 people sat down for a choice of menu which was very good.
The afternoon saw the run cross the A303 again and make its way back towards Wellington where the finish was at the Chelston gardens nursing home where they are always very pleased to see us, plying us with sausage rolls and muffins!. Steve did manage to do the whole run riding at the helm which was a great achievment-he was very pleased with himself as were we all, well done mate!. There were no breakdowns for Pete or myself to deal with and Ray did a great job at the front, everyone said they enjoyed the route and the weather was kind so a great days riding for us all.