Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring run 12th March 2017

Despite the rain and drizzle at the start and forecast through the Morning, 16 riders turned up at the Corn Dolly for the first run of 2017 which was Richards first run as organiser and run leader. The Corn Dolly did us proud as usual with coffee and tea as we all assembled then we were outside for a briefing by Richard on the day ahead. Now here we had a situation where Maurice's Enfield decided it didn't fancy the rain and failed to start, Ian and I were doing tail end duties so we left Maurice with help to try to get going. We were led out of South Molton on the Rackenford road so far before turning off across country to emerge at Exbridge, here we turned left towards Minehead then turning off right we headed for what I thought was going to be a ride through the ford at Bury, this was missed however and we climbed up on the road to Timberscombe before dropping down to Wheddon Cross for lunch at our old favourite the Rest and be Thankful. A full menu is always available from soup to a full roast and all in the warm and dry. A few riders left at the lunch stop for personal reasons and I handed my red vest over to Chris as I wanted to race ahead to Withypool to get some photo's as the run came over the bridge. The afternoon saw Richard leading everyone left to Winsford and through the ford this time then on to Withypool where I managed to get some photo's, then it was over the lower moor and past the Sportsmans arms to North Molton, once through there it was a case of following the valley to the A361 link road which had to be crossed before arriving for another cuppa at the Corn Dolly. Thanks to Richard for the run, he asked how he did but I could only give him 9.5 out of 10 because everybody knows you should arrange good weather!, also thanks to Ian and Chris doing tail end charlies duties.
Now seriously we need you all to make an effort to come to the AGM this Thursday, we have to replace the secretary and the treasurer and some serious decisions have to be made for the future, don't say you don't agree with what is decided if you don't come, we have a good turn out at the runs so you obviously enjoy them so turn up and do your bit to make them continue.
The good old 'Corn Dolly'

some of the bikes just waiting

Withypool bridge

Richard in the lead

Roy watch the horses!

A dryer afternoon

When your 'real bike' wont start bring another

Not much traffic today chaps

the tail enders appear