It was cold and overcast yesterday, but thankfully dry. Great turnout with 30 bikes assembled at Okeford Fitzpaine Recreation Centre for our annual Bluebell Run which involved a 62 mile round trip down to Lulworth Cove and back, via Delcombe Woods to see the bluebells.
Before setting off, we were looked after with teas, coffee, pain au chocolat, croissants, etc kindly served by my wife Philippa and Marjorie. I’m somewhat biased as I live in this village but I thought this start venue with its large hard-standing area and refreshment facilities was excellent; I hope others agree.
By the way, interesting route guys! Somehow you managed to miss out Delcombe Woods…which is where the bluebells are! 🙂 🙂 🙂 . By the time I got to Lulworth Cove, the run had already been renamed the “Lost in Dorset” Run.
The 36th Twin Dragon touring weekend was again a brilliant event organised by Dave Boon and saw 24 people on 17 solos and 1 sidecar tackle some of the lesser known mountain tracks, now tarmaced but in the 20’s they would have been gravel; many were used by the motorcycle and car industry as a test route for their new models.
The 1st day was about 220 miles from home to The Royal Ship, Dolgellau were we stayed two nights,we joined the route at Abergavenny were we meet most of the other people taking part.
Day 2 : there was a route of 70 miles around Bala Lake but having done this before we chose to go to the National Slate Mine at Llanberis; well worth a visit.
Day 3 : 115 miles; our route took us over the hills to the coast with spectacular views of Barmouth Bay before heading to Devil’s Bridge for lunch and onto The Plough Inn at Rhosmaen, a 5 star Hotel with great food for our last night together.
Day 4 : the planned route though the mountains was abandoned due the weather with forecasts of thunder storms and high winds, so we took the A40 down to Abergavenny and home.
Our thanks to Dave & Sue Boon and the Somerset Cection for another great weekend.
Regards Ray & Linda Dickinson, Ken Druce & Dave Brown
Many thanks to Ian Clarke and his Section for arranging the good weather last Sunday 22nd April, and to Gabby Hunt for the excellent route… and not forgetting all the helpers who laid on the coffees, teas, French cheeses and cakes for lunch.
Paul Miles and I were using this as a practise run before the big one; the Banbury Run in June. I’m glad to report, we both made it round the 33 mile route without incident.
Get yourself a drink and some popcorn. Find your favourite chair and put your feet up. And watch “Weymouth Week 2012 : The Movie“.
I was kindly given this DVD by Maurice Marston at last night’s Club Night and I’ve uploaded it to our unlisted YouTube account for displaying here on our website. At this rate, we’ll soon have the complete set of annual Weymouth Week photos and videos.
The Movie is 45 minutes long and although it consists mainly of a slide show, there are several videos (with audio) embedded within it. If you’re wanting to see the infamous “Vintage Echoes”, jump to 41 minutes.
So far in 2018, our runs have not gone well weather-wise. The Winter Run had to be rescheduled, the Spring Run was cancelled…so some of us were eagerly watching the weather forecast for the weekend of 7th/8th April. At one point, the BBC Weather was saying the Blandford area would be rain free on the 8th, while the Met Office said there would be showers all day…for the same location and date!
At 9:50am, I headed off for the Corn Exchange on my trusty Ariel Red Hunter; it was a bit overcast but looked like it might stay that way….but it was not to be. Very good turnout; we must have had 30 bikes at the start but by the time we got to The Fox at Ansty, 54 miles later, we were down to about 10. Who knows what happened to the missing 20; I have my suspicions, but couldn’t possibly air them here 🙂 .
Many thanks to Peter Miller for a very interesting route…one I must re-trace in better weather.
My recent post of photos taken at the 2009 First Weymouth Week seems to have gone down quite well because Richard Hutson of the Bournemouth and New Forest Section got in touch and offered me a whole lot more from various runs that Dorset Section members took part in.
So many thanks to Richard for his photographs and shown here with his permission.