Sunday, 13 July 2014

Exmoor run 13th July 2014

Mike is always there to sign us on

Merv comes to see us off
17 riders turned up at Bickleigh mill to follow the money!, ( actually to follow Keith our treasurer who's run it was today ). The weather was promised dry and sunny, then apart from Ray's Ariel requiring a plug change, we were off on time. There was some concern that we would run into the Air ambulance run of 1,000 plus bikes setting off from Tiverton also at 11am, but in the event our trip through Tivvy occurred without incident.
The bikes are ready to go

A good lunch before the run back
Keith led us through Uplowman before turning off towards Staplecross and Hockworthy, then Venn cross and onto the road to Milverton and Wiveliscombe where we turned off towards my reservoir ( woops I meant Clatworthy reservoir ! ), then through Upton and on to Wimbleball, here a slight problem arose where the site staff insisted each bike displayed a £2 parking ticket, this was not raised when Keith negotiated the mid day stop so the decision was made to run down to the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon cross for lunch, here we were made most welcome with a good area being set aside for us and good food to boot. After the lunch stop, I took over the lead to bring us all back over part of the moor to the Bee sanctuary at South Molton to finish. Many thanks to Keith and Cyril for the route, to Mike for always being on hand to sign us on and to Ian who agreed to bring up the rear with me, also great to see Merv come all the way up to see us at the start and at lunch. See you on Thursday for club night where Ray will test our highway code skills.
It's a good story I'm sure