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.
After breakfast most of us decided to go on a short ride to a couple of places nearby. The weather was hot and sunny. Firstly we stopped off at Glenfinnan Monument where the bridge used in the Harry Potter films is situate. After a cup of tea and a short walk we carried on the picturesque route towards Mallaig where we had a group photo taken as seen below. We then parked up at Mallaig for fish and chips and icecreams. This is where the ferry departs for the Isle of Skye. After a couple of hours we returned, stopping off at Neptune’s Staircase which is a set of 9 locks not far from Ben Nevis. A nice meal and a few drinks rounded off another good day.
After a hearty breakfast we all set off for Aviemore Thunder in the Glen rally. The ride consisted of twisties mountains and showers. On arrival the ride out of about 1000 plus bikes were just leaving which was a sight worth watching. We decided rather than joining the ride out we would look around the traders listen to bands and chill out.
Big Al decided to give the new range of Harleys a try a seemed to take a fancy to the sportster! After a rigorous suspension test (I.e. Al bouncing up and down on it) we decided it was time to retreat to the village. The sun shone untill we were all saddled up to leave. Then it rained. We returned to the hotel for a nice meal and a couple of drinks.
Day two we rode from Carlisle to Fort William. After starting off with some motorway riding to Glasgow we hit the Highlands and what a fantastic ride. The views were breathtaking and the roads were twIsty (Motorcycle Heaven). Places we went through included Loch Lomond and Glencoe. A nice meal good company and a few drinks rounded off a memorable day. (p.s. weather dry and sunny).
9.00 am 7 bikes met at the Black Cat Little Chef. Shortly after we left and made our way up the A1. Unfortunately one bike came off the road one hour into the journey and had to pull out. After a brunch break near Newark the ride continued and before long we were enjoying the beautiful scenery over the Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria. After another welcome coffee and comfort break during a heavy downpour we rode through part of the lake district before reaching our destination for the night in Carlisle at about 7.30pm where we enjoyed a well deserved meal and drink.
We met at the BP Services at Junction 8 of the M1 at 2.15pm for a ride out. Al lead us through some picturesque country roads and villages, stopping for a much needed cold drink at Streatley before reaching our destination at The Bull in Redbourn. There we enjoyed further cold drinks and later on a nice dinner. Family members also joined us for dinner and the children made good use of the play area at the pub. Although the forecast was rain and thunderstorms, it turned out to be very hot and dry. Sadly only three bikes attended on what was intended as a replacement for our fundraising poker run. Heather and Mark also popped in on their way home for a drink and to say hello. Thanks Al for plotting another good ride.
On the 8th July the club is holding a BBQ at The Royal British Legion Harpenden.
Start time 19:30 onwards. Free for members. £1.50 for guests.
Hope to see you there!
The Great Western Chapter’s Rally Hogs in the Hayfields 2014. This rally was attended by 13 members of our Club who travelled down on 7 bikes over the weekend of the 20th June, led by Ian. The weather was fantastic, and the hosts very friendly, and we would like to thank the Great Western Chapter for putting on a brilliant rally. We are all looking forward to visiting again next year and hope that more of our members will join us.