Wednesday, 28 July 2021

August 19th Cub Night & AGM

 I have spoken with Sue from the Town Arms and she kindly to start letting clubs use the room again. I have therefor, booked the room for the 19th of August for our first club night in yonks.

We will hold the overdue AGM on this evening so please come if you are able. After many years service  Keith will no longer be our Treasurer. This post has to be filled or the Section cannot continue. 

The Committee has lost several members so if you feel able to help please volunteer.

The meeting will start at the usual time of 7.30pm. The pub is open for drinks.

Monday, 26 July 2021

August Run

 The August Run is on the 8th and will start at Quince H F, S Molton. The lunch stop is at the Blue Ball, Countisbury, with a return to Qince after lunch. The route comprises some lanes, A roads and some big hills.

Quince have asked that we do not arrive before about 10.30am as they have a large party of  Vintage Car drivers booked in for breakfast. after that time we have tables reserved. 

Sunday roast lunch at the Blue Ball cost £ 13, when I enquired about a childrens portion the lady I spoke with (one of the owners) said she would always order a childs portion because full portions were too quite large. I could not eat all of the meal I had today Childrens portions cost £8

Thursday, 22 July 2021

August Run 2021

 A Sunday Run is being organised for the 8th of August. The start will be at Quince Honey Farm at 11.00am. I am hoping to have the lunch stop in Brendon and we will return to Quince after lunch. Gordon has checked his seaweed and assures me that the weather, and I quote "warm and sunny".                  See you there.

Monday, 12 July 2021

July 11th run report

 7 riders arrived at Jonsey's cafe in Winkleigh for this run, I imagine numbers were down because of the weather and the weather forecast. Those that did turn up had ridden through damp conditions, some even rain, I found lovely dry roads once I had cleared the hills from Bickleigh, down into, and through Crediton. The coffees were good and the catch up put the world right chat also very enjoyable. Ian briefed us on the route warning that some of the lanes were a bit narrow and to be aware of potholes, ( a seemingly increasing feature of our Devon road network ), and we set off pretty well dead on 1100 with Ian obviously in the lead and yours truly as the rear marker. within just 200 yards, Tony's lovely Norton decided it was not going to play ball today and came to a stop with fuel starvation, he had a good idea of what was wrong so I set off to catch up the run. the first hour was all in the dry and some of the views on the way to Hatherleigh were very good, Ian tells me that when he pre ran the run on the previous Wednesday, the weather was much better and the view was really good. Just coming into Hatherleigh, Grahams Triumph, which had been missing for a few miles came to a stop, he was happy where he was as he was near home and could freewheel down into the garage and contact the family for a trailer lift home, it turned out his battery had died.

The weather deteriorated at 1200 and it began to rain, in fact it came in quite heavy for a while, Ian pulled us over at one point until it eased slightly. Northlew, Bratton Clovelly, Roadford and Ashwater was our route before we arrived at a farm shop / Cafe just outside Hatherleigh. two of our 5 decided to go home from this lunchtime stop so we, the remaining 3, went in for a nice pasty and salad plus more enjoyable conversation. Although the rain had eased off somewhat, we decided to end the run there and make our own way home, in my case, the rain again increased and my near 50 mile run home resulted in my being very wet through and left me dissappointed with my 'weatherproof trousers'.

All in all, a good day out in good company riding our bikes what could be better, I spoke to both Tony and Graham by phone to find they had both safely got home, I reckon we should call this run Ian's all weather run in all types of road!, thanks to him then and to you guys who turned up, sorry to those who could not come for health reasons like Chris and Maurice,  keep and eye on this blog for the next run in August, then we shall want some volunteers to organise September and October, speak to Chris or myself please, sorry there are no photos but the rain and other things meant they did not get taken.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

July 11th run 2021

 Ian has taken charge of this our 2nd run this year, I hope you will give him your support and also hope the weather will be better than my run last month. The run will start at Jonesy's cafe this coming Sunday which is on the old airfield at Winkleigh pretty well where D & S supplies were for those who remember this often used start point.

Ian promises a run around the local area down to Holsworthy etc, and for a lunch stop he will guide us not to a pub but to a place where we can get a pasty and a drink, the afternoon run will end at Torrington common, so dust off the bikes and hope to see you there.