Two intrepid Plymouth Bikers braved the forecasts of biblical storms (Ian because he told his boat bookings there were biblical storms due and Pete because he is stupid) and enjoyed a really good ride out whilst the remainder of Plymouth bikers cowered under their duvets. Or cleared out blocked drains! No other excuses accepted, there are those who ride, those who clear drains and then there are those who are weak!!
We met in Sainburys which was unusually busy due to people all meeting for the Mega Ride who when we said we were heading off for a proper ride mentioned Noah and 40 days of rain before scuttling back to their shelters to look for wood and nails to build an Ark
Ian and I headed out under some gloomy skies and the vis on Dartmoor had us seriously wondering if a morning tucked up on the sofa with a box set of Love Island (or Deadliest Catch for Ian – who am I kidding I am a Deadliest Catch/Gold Rush man myself) was not the better option. However post Yelverton the weather lifted, along with our spirits, and we made good time up to Roadford Lake. We stopped off in the car park in case anyone was chasing us – I mean with such good weather we were sure the problem was a few people were late to Sainburys. We made our first deviant decision there – well I can’t speak for Ian’s underwear choice but mine wasn’t deviant in my eyes, though 32 years in the Navy does mean that what I think is acceptable may not be the same for the rest of you. Anyway back to the ride and not my penchant for ladies underwear and we decided not to go for Lizzie’s larder but to head to the Kick Start café in Bude, next to North Cornwall Motorcycles.
This was a brilliant decision, made by Ian, only lacking in one small detail. It was closed. Of course if NCM had been open and we could have looked around some great bikes it would have still been a great decision. But NCM was closed. Not to worry Ian it could happen to anyone and is no worse than missing a turning on the Sat nav WHICH I DID NOT DO (more than 3 times!)
We headed back into Bude for a quick tea/coffee at Life’s a Beach which was really good, after I learnt not to park the bike facing down hill (it came off the side stand genuinely!) and we recalibrated the day. Noting that it was ice cream weather in Bude but with storm clouds threatening we decided to bring the day down to just 2 stops (to be honest I think Ian was fed up of my small talk) so we headed down the Coast to Tintagel.
This was a fantastic leg with some great views, but also was a little technical as we rounded tight bends and steep hills clutch and throttle control was required, my left hand is still a little achy from the clutching. We also passed a VW van that had been parked – well parked is a relative term – in a ditch. I cannot agree with Ian’s assessment of whether it was a man or woman who parked it, no matter how obvious it was a wo……..somebody parked it. The weather started to come in at this point so we were pleased to turn for home with the rain stopping as we hit Davidstow airfield and then a normal run back down to the Engine Sheds before Ian and I said a tearful farewell (not quite a Broke Back mountain point but getting there for me – I just hope Ian calls or sends flowers). We went our separate ways at this point, Ian with a sigh of relief and me with regret for feelings not expressed and back to the mundane.
Seriously, it wasn’t all plain sailing. I learned again respect for drain covers (but also confidence leave it alone and it will come back) cattle grids (straight across). And also you can ride in any weather if you have the correct kit.
So end of month ride is a bank holiday so no excuses not to do a long one – anyone up for Exmoor, I am. I can lead but I know some other navigators have some good routes.
Also a quick thought. Anyone of us could have got us up to the first stop today. Are there any budding navigators out there who would like to team up with another navigator – you get us to stop 1 and we will take it on from there. Just a thought.