Friday, 11 October 2013

Autumn run details

For those of you who have asked me for details of this Sundays run, they are: start at Sainsburys car park Roundswell nr. Barnstaple 10.30 for 11.00, lunch at Brooks garden centre near Stratton, and finish at Bideford quay, come along.

Thursday, 3 October 2013


Rays original idea for this run was that we would would start at Tiverton with a ride on the Tiverton Canal and then go for a run on the bikes.
 That was until we discovered the price of the tickets for the Canal trip.
The next idea was to visit some reservoirs on the run.
 With this in mind Ray and Gordon planned what I am sure would have been a very enjoyable and interesting route which included a trip to the new motor museum at Mortonhampstead. Then as fate would have it Ray had a nasty - are there any other kind- Angina attack and was whisked off to hospital. Gordon meanwhile had gone of to Ireland for a long weekend.
Ray contacted me on the Saturday before the run and asked to take over the route. As I don't know the area well I chose my own route from the map and the Water and Wheels run became the Wheels only run.
The weather was overcast but dry when 15 of us set out from Morrisons car park and up along the road towards Witheridge, taking the left fork before the village we passed through Chawleigh and dropped down to Eggesford staion.
Turning right we rode on to Winkleigh and the down to Motonhapstead for lunch.
After a fine meal we rode up to the Motor Museum for a browse around the various cars and bikes on display there.
On the road again to Postbridge where we passed the Clapper bridge and then turned left through the lanes where we passed another Clapper bridge, to Ponsworthy and on to Widecombe in the Moor.Then an easy ride down through Haytor Vale to the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey where we enjoyed some refreshments before making our way home.
The weather stayed dry for the run and I am pleased to say that there were no breakdowns or mishaps to any of the bikes or riders.
You will be pleased to hear that after a week in hospital Ray is now home and recovering well.