Tuesday, 23 July 2013

evening meet 22nd July 2013

12 riders met at the Anchor in Exebridge and put the world to rights whilst sitting on 3 tables set on the back lawn. There was the usual good humoured banter concentrating on such diverse subjects as Steve's washing up problems, riding on the wrong side of the road, Rays jokes and the usual bike problems. It was interesting to note that the largest number of bikes arriving were Hondas, in fact 550 fours, this is usually Triumphs of late. Whilst 11 riders were correctly dressed in motorcycle gear, John D turned up in shorts!, OK he was riding his push bike!, this prompted Ray to enquire whether he had a license to display knees!. We seven riders from Tiverton had a lovely run to the pub but Chris said that the run from Bideford to Barnstaple was through a sea mist and this may have put off others from coming. The move was made to head for home around 9pm and I must say for us that it was a most enjoyable run back, don't forget the fish and chips evening on Weds August 7th at the Welcome Fryer in South Molton, oh and keep an eye on this blog, I will always try to remind you all of events ahead as there was some discussion that even with Chris' announcements in the mag, Micks announcement at the club nights and the Devon section events calendar, some people are still saying they don't know what is on!.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Club night 18th July

What do the initials AMAC or AMAL stand for?, or how do you stand on the solar system?, these are a few of the questions Ray posed to the 11 members who turned out on a fine riding evening for the July club night. We were split into 3 teams to answer as best we could, it seems Chairman Mick and his team had spent the most time swanning about on the sofa reading knowledgeable books and magazines as they scored the most points!. The assembled members then individually had a go at a highway code quiz to find out who's name was going to appear on the shield this year, I wasn't allowed to take part as Ray had called me down to get his printer fired up and saw the first sheets of questions and answers pop out!!. Once again it was Mick who fought it out with Mike on a tie break and won, ( well he is a retired policeman so he should shouldn't he! ). There was still plenty of light when we all pulled out of the Town Arms car park and headed for home, I must say I really enjoyed the run out and home, 5 of us went down the old A361 , John peeling off to Brushford and Fred to the Black cat, very pleasant. Don't forget there is a run out on Monday evening, meet at the Anchor at Exebridge around 7pm, come on any bike, have a chat over a drink, the weather is going to be fine!, see you there.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Exmoor run July 14th 2013

lonely bikes ready for the riders

a little tinkering
When it's the Chairmans job to organise the run, he uses his high office to ensure good weather!, so 17 riders took the hint and gathered at the Blackberries in Bampton for this years Exmoor run. Free coffee was laid on but also lovely tempting walnut cake and croissants, so some of us forced a mouthful. Chris and myself brought up the rear when Mick lead us out on the start.
The Blackberries

We are all out the back

How about a cuppa

Marshals parking

The route took us back through Bampton to turn onto the Morebath road, then on through Upton before turning off towards Wimbleball and on to Wheddon cross, then it was over Dunkery with some stunning views before dropping down to Horner for a cup of tea and a bite. The afternoon run took us towards Allerford and Bossington before we climbed Porlock hill. After Porlock, Mick took us off the main road to Malmsmead, and Tippacott and on to Simonsbath, here we turned our noses towards South Molton but not before we had ridden through Molland and Ash Mill. The run finished at The Quince honey farm where more tea was drunk. Thanks to Mick for this excellent route, to the back markers and to all on the run who marked the turns well so that we all arrived safely. As someone remarked to me at the finish, what a great day out with very good company a good route and doing what we all like to do....ride our bikes!.