Held in brilliant weather and conforming to the “Rule of 6” guidelines, we had 5 groups, each starting and ending at different locations and each with one leader with 5 riders. Having spoken to each of the group leaders after the run, it seemed we all had a great time and all felt wonderful to be riding together again. So, in alphabetical order:
Report from Ken Druce, the group leader:
The Intrepid 6
All was going so well, I arrived at Stour Meadows Car Park and the rest of my group were already there, a brief chat and we set off, route was in the satnav…what could go wrong ? Well, for some reason my satnav insisted on trying to turn me around and head for Blandford. Various options were tried whilst on the move, including saying ‘No’ to ‘Return to start of route. However , using The Force and some prints of the route that I had done (not readable by me without glasses) we managed to head in roughly the right direction. There were a few deviations and places I had never seen before or likely again. We managed to get to the village shop in Chettle (a planned stop if we were on time) at 12:50 PM and the shop shuts at 1PM… Phew!
In all we covered 60 miles with no problems with the bikes, unfortunately no photo’s were taken as full concentration was required to stay in Dorset and neighbouring counties.
During a stop at the Horton Inn, one or two bikes turned up from another VMCC section run, and they had got separated using the drop off system, when I asked why they were using the drop off system for only 6 bikes, they said there were 18 of them.
Of our group, all were present at the end, which I think is a good result and something I would not have bet money on at the start of the ride.
Below is the route we should have done and to the right is the route we actually did. As you will see its not too bad.
Report from Bernard Jones, the group leader:
Run from Bernard’s, The Old Farmhouse, headed off South through Oakford Fitzpaine up over Bulbarrow to Cheselbourne, then eastward to Maiden Newton. Northwards to Evershot and finally westwards via Lyons Gate and Kings Stag back home. Bernard’s wife Chrissie did us proud with hot soup and bacon rolls, We spent a couple of hours munching and chatting in the afternoon sunshine. It was a trouble free run but Bernard had trouble starting his Vincent. He had recently fitted Makuni carbs and had lost the minute needle clip, and used a concentric clip as a temporary measure, only fitting the correct clip on the day of the run. Unfortunately in screwing the carb top back on, he had raised the screw cable adjusted so the carbs were about 10mm out of sync!. Soon discovered and rectified.
Okeford Fitzpaine Group
Report from Paul Wirdnam, the group leader:
The day started off well with tea & coffee and hot cross buns at my house, kindly provided by Philippa, my wife.
Our Chairman easily won the sweepstake on when the Douglas would expire with an entry of “under ten” miles — poor John Young, that Duggie has been nothing but trouble. Today it was the throttle twist control falling apart followed by a stuck open exhaust valve. He called it a day at 10 miles and limped home.
The rest of us continued on our journey: Okeford Fitzpaine, Bullbarrow, Ansty, Melcombe Bingham , Cheselbourne, Piddletrentide, Cerne Abbas, Batcombe, Evershot and finally to Hamish’s Farm Shop on the A37. A distance of 30 miles there, and 20 miles back.
Report from Ray Dickinson, the group leader:
It was good to be out on the bike, we ended up doing 50 miles from Shaftesbury — Motcombe-Hindon through to Dinton then over to Wylye stopping at The Ginger Pig for coffee and a hot cross bun then onto Sutton Veny past Shear Water – Maiden Bradley finishing at Mere. A great day, good weather, good company, hot cross buns and no noisy old Ariels🏍💐 (I blame the Chairman for the Ariel comment) .
Report from Andy Grew, the group leader:
Todays run from Sparkford attracted a very mixed bag of bikes that only the VMCC could attract! Today we had a 1929 Sunbeam, 1947 Ariel, 1978 BMW R80, 1978 Morini 500, Honda Benly and a Hinckley Triumph Trident.
The route was about 45 miles in length with a mixture of roads and landscapes including Hamhill and the Somerset levels. We stopped midway through for Tea and Coffee and Hot Cross Buns in glorious sunshine, although it was a little chilly in the wind.
A very enjoyable run with good weather, good company and interesting bikes – its good to be back!!