Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Mervs memorial run 270518

well it was clean at the start

the bikes assemble at Quince

the Cornish contingent made good time

welcome cuppa at Horner

Roger safely guided the Cornish riders up from Camelford for Mervs memorial run on Sunday 27th May 2018, there he met riders from the Devon section and others who wished to join the run in his memory.
I was asked by the family and the Cornish section to work out a route around Exmoor to pass by areas that Merv enjoyed visiting, to that end, I was determined to pass through a ford, pass by deer viewing and scenic points he loved and cross a few bridges he found fascinating.
After a briefing, we set off through South Molton on to the A361 for a short distance before heading through Molland to get on to the moor. We travelled past the P. Froude memorial, ( deer viewing ), and on to Marsh bridge which has an interesting history. A sharp turn lead us up on to the moor again to pass the lane down to Tarr steps, then a right turn down to Exford. Here we began to notice some foggy mist which increased as we rode on until it was quite established by the time we turned off to Dunkery. The ride over Dunkery was something else!, I could only see a few feet in front of me which was a great shame as I had intended to stop on the top to take in the view. All riders safely made it to Horner for a cup of tea and chat before we set off again at 1400 to ride back through the ford at Cloutsham to Exford.
The weather cleared back to sunshine for the run through Withypool and over the lower moor back to South Molton. I checked everyone back to the North Gate Inn at Aller cross and all were accounted for so that was great, thanks to Roger and Chris for being back markers and to Peter Lee for informing us about the collection today in aid of Hospice care.
I feel we did a good run in memory of Merv, it was nice to see the girls taking part and Pam following in the car which made it all very memorable, unfortunately, Roger tells me that there were two incidents on the way back to Cornwall but all were safely recovered.
Our next run is June 10th for the Dartmoor run to start at D & S supplies at Winkleigh, then there is the evening meet on the 18th at the Jubilee Inn for 1900.
safe arrival at Aller cross

which way shall we go home?