Last day of the trip. The sun was shining and after breakfast we got together for a club flag photoshoot before packing the bikes and heading towards Calais. Martyn led the ride which took us through some fantastic countryside and picturesque villages, with lovely smooth roads. We stopped at a small roadside café in one of the villages where we sat in the sunshine to have a drink and chat. We then continued to Calais where we were able to board an earlier train, this time without any delays. Once back in England we stopped at a service station for burger and chips, said our goodbyes and made our way home. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went, so much so that a reservation has been made with the hotel for a slightly longer return trip next May. Why not join us?
Thanks Martyn for organising a great weekend.
We met for breakfast and to plan the day ahead. The hotel had left the place card pictured here showing a Harley which we thought was a nice personal touch. Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse and we therefore decided to walk into the town and find a coffee shop until the weather improved.
The sun was out by the afternoon and the hotel was keen for us to do a photo shoot outside the main entrance. After this we made our way through the country lanes to Le Touquet. We parked the bikes and went down on the beach and enjoyed ice creams in the sun.
We then strolled back to the bikes and set off to a small town nearby on the banks of the estuary where Eric had arranged for us to eat at a posh Fish Restaurant! Whilst waiting to go in we got talking to a local couple who owned a pub and b&b nearby and who invited us to stay there in the future. They had previously lived in St. Albans! After a very nice dinner we returned to the hotel bar.
Six bikes (eight members of the Chapter) met at South Mimms Services on the M25 at 8.30am ready to travel to the Channel tunnel. After a good run down with very little traffic we arrived early only to find that an earlier incident in the tunnel had resulted in a two hour delay. After coffee and bagels/burgers we eventually left on the train and arrived in Calais at about 3.00pm. From there we took a coastal road to Montreuil-Sur-Mer, remembering most of the time to keep to the right hand side of the road. On arrival at the Hermitage Best Western Hotel we were made very welcome. After a shower and a drink in the hotel bar we headed into town for dinner to a place recommended by Eric the barman. We returned for more drinks in the bar.
On Sunday 10th May 10 bikes met at Baldock Servicesfor a ride out to Leigh On Sea. Led by Big Al we made our way to Finchingfield where we stopped for a coffee break. Every other biker on the road it seemed had the same idea! We then continued to Leigh On Sea where we had Fish and Chips, Cockles , and Ice cream (Not all together may I add). After an hour or so sitting in the sunshine we made our way home. Thanks to Al for another great ride enjoyed by all.
On Friday the 8th May a small number of members met at the Hemel Hempstead Services. We took to the bikes and Martyn led the way to High Wycombe town centre. We had a good meal at the Bluegrass BBQ with a lot of banter. Although during the meal the heavens opened we had a dry ride home.
It was good to get out on the bikes with friends.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Sue Sacre passed away on Friday 13th March 2015 following a short illness. Sue was a III Rivers Chapter Original in every sense of the word, she was the chapter Secretary and Treasurer for 8 years and a dedicated member. Brian and Sue were regular rally goers, attending in those early days Spring Fever, Sandy Balls and Fenlanders. Latterly they had been members of the Grumpy old Bastards Club. Our thoughts are with Brian… and the family at this sad time, we wish them well in coming to terms with their loss.
Sue’s final Rideout will be on Tuesday 31st of March leaving from Slip End near Luton LU1 4BU at 3pm and arriving at Luton Crematorium The Vale Butterfield Green Rd, Luton LU2 8DD at 4pm. Brian has requested a good turnout for this and riders are requested to wear black bike gear with maybe a flash of Sues favourite colour Red. Friends arriving by other forms of transport please dress in bright colours red if you have it to celebrate Sue’s love of life and colour. Everyone is invited to celebrate Sue’s life after the service at Slip End Social Club, New Street Slip End LU1 4BW If you are intending to attend on a bike please let Doug Armstrong who is co-ordinating the ride know on 07930 909400
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Fourteen ladies from III Rivers Chapter visited Luton Hoo this afternoon (9th November) for Afternoon Tea. Members and their families met up at 3.00pm and enjoyed finger sandwiches with various fillings, scones with fresh cream and jam, and a variety of cakes, washed down with endless cups of tea and coffee (and in some cases cocktails!) The service was second to none, from the moment we were greeted by the doorman and throughout the tea itself. It was lovely to get together and discuss various subjects (bikes were not mentioned once). One of the loveliest moments was being joined by Greta and her daughter Hannah. It was great to see her out with us again.
Special thanks to Shirley and Trudie for arranging our outing – can’t wait for the next Ladies of Harley trip out.
On the 4th October at 7.30am 5 bikes from our club met at Toddington services for the Ride to the wall, an event which takes place yearly at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas near Lichfield. We made our way to the meeting point at Northampton services where Big Al and Chris met us. Along with approximately 250 other riders we headed off up the M1 and then the M6 in convoy in the pouring rain. On arrival at the National Memorial Arboretum we parked up and headed towards the café for sausages in rolls and coffee. The rain eventually gave way to sunshine. An estimated 10,000 people enjoyed a very moving service, after which wreathes were placed to remember those servicemen and women who are no longer with us. which made it a very moving day. Al and Martyn laid a wreath on behalf of the III Rivers Chapter.
We then headed back to our bikes and journeyed home, some of us stopping for a meal at the Red Lion Café in Northampton. A good day was enjoyed by us all. Can’t wait until next year for the next one.
We all set off from Harrogate after filling up with a big English breakfast. On leaving the town we got split up by an ambulance on a blue light call. Unfortunately we came home in two groups. The weather was dry but windy and the ride fairly uneventful.
What a brilliant holiday ride. Fantastic scenery, mainly good weather, well organised and interesting rides out, and an opportunity to visit Thunder in the Glens. We all agree that Tony and Gill surpassed themselves as Road Captain and Navigator. Well done and thank you. We were only sorry that Pete was unable to be with us and we wish him a speedy recovery,
Todays ride started very early with a big breakfast. Sadly the ride is the start of our return journey home. We rode from Fort William to Harrogate which took 11 hours with stops. For most of the journey the weather had been kind to us although a bit windy until we got to Appleby where it rained untill we got to Scotch Corner. After a good meal and some drinks we hit the sacks for a well earned sleep.