Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Evening meet 19th July 2015

The second of our three evening meets this year has come and gone already, it was a meet at the Anchor in Exebridge and despite the weather warnings earlier, turned out fine and dry with some sunshine at the rear garden where we took up a few tables to chat and put the world to rights. Ian came on a 1927 Norton for us to drool over whilst Dermot persuaded a friend to loan him a Vincent to come on as his Ariel is still OOA. Ian's Norton wasn't the only 'oldie' as Ray came on his V engine Matchless which is starting much better since he threw away the 1937 plugs and fitted new!. The remaining bikes were mainly from the 50's and 60's though an 80's Honda was in evidence ridden by Steve who has this now as an eligible ride for club runs. All in all this was another successful turn out and enjoyed by all, I think Chris rode the farthest as he came down from Bideford, thanks for coming everybody, we have one more evening run, this will be on August 17th and will be at the Mitre in Witheridge 7pm. Our next main run is on August 9th at the Black cat usual time of 1030 for 1100, hope you can make it.
Just to prove the sun was out!

Steve has a wishful think?

The bikes wait in the shade for the run home

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Anyone who stayed at home because of the weather, missed a great day out, todays 'deepest Devon run' was Keith's to organise and lead and what a cracker it was, there was a great route, good company and an excellent venue for the lunch break. Course being latterly from the training fraternity, Keith decided we should all practice our riding in the rain skills so he arranged some of it to fall on us most of the morning!, we must have done ok as he switched it off for the afternoon. In his pre run briefing, Keith advised us that the lanes after Down St Mary were a bit windy, what he neglected to tell us was that all the horses with bowel movement problems had used those lanes that very morning!. There were 13 riders who left Bickleigh Mill after a nice cuppa, there would have been more but I understand that 2 riders from the North had to give up with water in the electrics, one apparently a BMW!. Keith decided against leading us past the Castle on the way out as he thought the road to badly silted so we found our way climbing out to Cadeleigh, there are some nice views here but not today. Pennymore, Thelbridge and Black Dog were ridden through, I like these names, they are so Devonshire!, then we went on to Morchard road and Down St Mary and Hatherleigh before arriving at the Bull and Dragon at Meeth, here we were greeted very well and served with an excellent meal. The afternoon run took us over the Umberleigh switch backs before arriving back at the Corn Dolly for a final cuppa and split for the homeward journey. Thanks to Keith for the excellent run, to Mike for his usual signing on duties and to Ray for agreeing to ride back marker with me, now the next run is next Monday evening 20th for a meet at the Anchor in Exebridge, then August 9th at The Black Cat for the Social run, hope you can make it folks.
Keith wondering how many will come

He's smiling they've come!

Hats on, let's go

Do we have to leave the coffee shop?

Well Ian's eager to go