Discovering Dinton

Large, well-organised runs are great but impromptu get-togethers are sometimes better, and that’s just what a few of us did yesterday.

We met up at the café in Visit Hillbrush in Mere, a favourite half-way meeting place when friends are coming from Wiltshire; it is also where our Memorial Run in November will start from.  It was meant to be for coffee and tea only, but that quickly turned into an early lunch with English breakfasts 🙂 .

Then off over the Deverills to Sutton Veny, Tytherington, Stockton, Wylye, then turning south and over the hills to the very pretty village of Dinton where we stopped for a bum rest — I’ll be changing my worn out seat cover on my Red Hunter this week and I’ll not be following the suggestions of Ken and Kevin to fit a sheepskin to it.

It was at Dinton that I noticed something stuck to my bike. Sadly, it turned out to be a young blackbird jammed between the offside exhaust pipe and crankcase.  I wasn’t aware of it hitting me and the riders behind me hadn’t spotted it either.

From Dinton, we headed to Compton Abbas Airfield café, for another cold drink and then finally back to Child Okeford, Shillingstone and Blandford.  A very pleasant 65 miles…and with no breakdowns which is always an added bonus for Ken.

Author: Paul Wirdnam

Strangely addicted to Ariel motorcycles from the '20s, 30s and 40s.

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