Friday, 22 November 2013

Matts little trip

Matt at the Ace café
Matt has asked me to publish his write up of a recent trip;
A recent weekend staying with a fellow Ariel owner, gave me a chance to visit the famous Ace Café. Rob went down on his trusty Huntmaster and was good enough to lend me his 500 Indian Bullet.
A pretty miserable Saturday morning grind down the A1 and then past the new Wembley stadium on the North Circular, found us enjoying some rare November sunshine at the famous café. A mug of tea followed by sausage and mash was followed by a more interesting ride home via the old bus station where they filmed 'Summer Holiday' then past the home of George Bernard Shaw where T. E. Lawrence was a frequent guest, we had a look at the garage where he would park his Brough.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Guy Fawkes run 3rd Nov 2013

Ready to go lads

not more coffee!
12 riders turned up in what was promised to be a wet days riding for the  Guy Fawkes run, some had come through rain whilst others had seen none, what was it going to be like on the run?. After some coffee we all set off following Chris who was the run leader for the day, he promised not to take us through to many country lanes as the leaves and rain had made them slippery. The route took us to Umberleigh then over the touch of Alton Towers roller coaster to Torrington, here everybody expected Chris to turn off towards Winkleigh, but he, realising the weather was better than expected, led us for some way on the Okehampton road before turning off to Iddesleigh and Winkleigh then down to our lunch stop at Eggesford where we all had an excellent roast lunch. There were no breakdowns for Mike or myself as rear marshals to see to and the rain was minimal, nice to have first sight of Maurice's Triumph T90, must mention here our treasurer, Keith, who was missing as his knee is now giving him to much concern to be able to ride safely, he is to have a knee replacement shortly.  Thanks to Chris for the route and the back marshals, many have criticised our drop off system, in fact I personally took a lot of flak earlier this year on the subject, but I have to say that it works very well and most of us cannot envisage going back to the previous free for all. Now whilst I have your attention, the Christmas lunch is on Saturday the 7th December not the 14th as stated in the journal, please give your names to Chris so we can have an idea of numbers, it will be midday at the Tiverton Hotel, last year was a cracking event so come along.

handy parking at corn dolly

Time to go home before the rain