Sunday 12th Upadate.
Ride out 13th Oct, due to Mother Nature the weather was as expected, wet with several periods of more wetness, prior to starting the ride we had a minor altercation with an elderly gent, we had “parked in his spot ” and he wasn’t joking. Rather than get into an argument over this precious parking bay we left for sunny Cornwall via the Tamar bridge. Graham and Julie lead the way taking us to Loe via the coastal road, great route despite the rain. On arrival at Loe one of our group left for home due to water logging,
Tea and coffee consumed the rain stopped
But the decision had been made to take a roundabout way back to GT in Plymouth for more tea and food. This section of the ride turned out dry and at one point I think I saw the sun. Rain or shine I, as well as the rest of the riders had a cracking ride out so a big thanks to Graham and Julie as lead rider and Joe as tail Enders. See you all next time. Simon T
Saltash,Millbrook,Whitsand Bay,Looe for breakfast,Pelynt,St Columb,Wadebridge,Port Gaverne for lunch,Delabole,Alturnun,Callington and on homewards.
See you all tomorrow.
Hi Bikers a chance to hear a presentation by Tiffany Coates – World renowned adventure motorcyclist. Parkway Sports @ Social Club October 14th 7.30pm
Only 3 brave bikers made it out on Sun 22 Sep, Pete, Simon and Ian. This
then proved there are various types of Plymouth Bikers, those who are happy
to ride in the rain, those who aren’t and those who don’t know what a
weather forecast is!! Biker Pete had applied technology to the problem and
looked at the weather radar and could see that there was going to be a
little period of fine weather between 2 weather fronts if we scooted across
to the Boscastle area.
Biker Ian was a bit miffed by this and asked where Minehead was, and why
couldn’t we go there. As ever I like to oblige so I said I could get us
there but it would be a longish day and the weather North might not be the
best. Ian then said he wanted to go to Minehead as he wanted to look at a
boat for sale. We went to Boscastle.
I do need to clear up a point here. I always thought PB stood for Plymouth
Bikers, Ian thinks it strands for Plymouth Boaters. Its only a small point
but I think it needs to be cleared up.
As a small group we made good progress out to Boscastle over Davidstow
airfield, a first for Simon I think. The roads were wet and needed a little
respect, but as ever riding in all conditions is good thing and we weren’t
rained on. As we were a small group I decided to see if I could take us to
a new stopping point at a Waterfall Café. It looks great on the internet
honest. We stopped in a small carpark at a turn off onto a dirt track.
This was the car park for the café which was a 30 min walk away. I decided
this was a bad idea and we would head back to Boscastle. Ian had other
ideas and set off up the dirt track to see whether we could get the bikes
there. What is it with these GS riders thinking they can take their bikes
anywhere. Euan Macgregor has a lot to answer for and I don’t just mean that
second Star Wars movie. Anyway even a GS couldn’t get there so we headed to
Boscastle Farm shop.
The farm shop was REALLY busy but we enjoyed a good breakfast, despite
confusing the issue with sausage quiche (real bikers don’t eat quiche do
they?). The weather was glorious at this point, Ian even had breakfast
outside admiring the views. We had the option of running up the coast but
we felt the weather might come in on us so we just did a nice run to
Crackington Haven and then across to Canworthy Water and then Lifton. We
pulled into Lifton to agree that we didn’t need to stop and set off back
down vi Chillaton. Simon and I said our good byes to Ian just outside
Tavistock and Simon and I pushed on back to Plymouth via Bere Alston and
Denham bridge, again a first for Simon I think. Simon and I had a final
cuppa in GT before admiring bikes we will never ride and heading home.
A fairly short route, but as we are starting to get into winter I think we
may start to have shorter days.
Look forward to seeing you all for the next ride. As ever an advert for the
Whatsapp group, this ride was totally organised on it (as I was too lazy to
e-mail Dave.) Drop me a line on 07598681157 if you want to be added.
So another Plymouth Bikers epic unfolded on Sunday. I am not sure why, but despite not leading I seem to have been elected as the PB historian and it is my job to maintain the most comprehensive, and totally factually accounts of our journeys. Or perhaps as I think I overhead somebody saying “if we get Pete to do the write ups it might stop him planning those stupendously stupid routes he comes up with.” Anyway on with the day. What more could the PBs ask for, a Bank Holiday, good weather and Biker Pete not leading! We had a great group of riders out, I can’t name check you all but it was worth the rush back from Leeds to see you all. I would like to mention Tony? And Amy new riders on a lovely Harley who are getting married on Friday. Great to see you, best wishes for the big day and hope to see you again.
So as you know no rideout I take part in is complete without a disaster. This time the disaster happened before I got to Sainsbury’s as I saw an unfortunate biker dump his bike on the approach to Marsh Mills. As you know I am not the sort to ride on by so I stuck my own bike on the side of the road and rushed back to help. To be honest I expected it to be a quick pick the bike up, sympathise with the fairing damage and park bike and rider at the side of the road and get on with my day. Sadly, the bike was totalled and was dumping massive amounts of brake fluid all over the road. Having got the rider to safety and a couple of cars to give me protection it was clear I needed to get the Police out and once they have your number you can’t just leave!! It also became clear the adrenaline was wearing off the rider and his injuries were getting to him so an ambulance was required. In fact when he was in the back of the ambulance he was happy having his Kevlar jeans cut off. I decided not to tell the medic he technically shouldn’t be able to cut through armoured jeans as clearly if the scissors went through them like a knife through butter our poor brother rider would be forced to admit his jeans weren’t as good as he thought! So thanks to all of you for delaying your departure.
A little word of warning, being a biker at the scene of an accident means everyone will assume it is your bike on the deck!! The ambulance turned up first – alright mate, you were lucky where does it hurt? I was thinking about telling them my back was a little achy from lifting loads of furniture the day before when I realised he thought it was my bike. I then politely pointed him in the direction of the guy swearing and unable to stand up properly. Same thing when Police arrived – “rider or pillion sir”. I got one of those police looks when I said neither until I pointed out where my bike was parked. As I was passed from cop to cop they all pointed out where my bike was as if to say, no really he is telling the truth!! I avoided cracking funnies as they were carrying guns, I mean I know my biker look is pretty bad but I didn’t think it warranted armed response. Having made a statement and endured the looks of all the car drivers stuck in the traffic who assume it was my bike I joined up with the main group.
So you are all aware of that disaster. What you may not be aware of it that was not the only disaster before the ride started. One of our number dropped their bike getting it out of the garage. No real damage, however, as I have dropped my bike a number of times on rideouts I know how much the dent in your pride hurts. Mindful of this I will not name said rider, on the basis that there will be no more complaints about beer not being in the fridge. Quite simply, you want beer in your fridge you put it there. Especially if you have the sort of fridge where if you put beer in, it stays there, unlike my fridge where Joe has an annoying habit of making it disappear. Its time to grow up and accept the beer fairy isn’t real. If Joe ever comes out on a rideout again I would be grateful for some support in making this point to him.
So onto our route. We enjoyed a good run out to Totnes and then up to Newton Abbot and along the coast. Many of you will know that my Sundays are normally marred by the train journey back to London, but this week I was on leave and thus was really looking forward to not seeing any train tracks – so I was really pleased to ride along the train tracks that I endure every week. Thanks Chris. Anyway we then popped into Bridge for what the website described as a QUICK COFFEE STOP. (Chris’s caps not mine).
Bridge. For coffee. No looking at bikes, no burgers (Robin what were you doing?) and no toilet use either. I mean seriously, I did my normal of getting to the toilet quickly but by the time I got back everyone was on their bikes with Chris muttering that everyone was waiting for me AGAIN (I did say I am not always truthful in these reports didn’t I?) I am not sure how Chris did it, every time I try to have a quick stop it doesn’t work but I don’t think we have ever been in and out of Bridge so quickly.
At this point I would like to invite a bit of audience participation. Is it legal for us to go to any bike shop, especially Bridge and not look at the bikes? Or at least get the free visor cleaner? We don’t have many (any) rules so I am sure we can have a rule about bike shops.
We did start to pick up a little bank holiday traffic but we made good progress with some good overtakes and filtering. Lyme Regis is a great stop as even with a classic car show on, organised for us by Chris, there was still loads of bike parking right on the front. The temp as we stopped was absolutely blistering. At this point I’d like to take a moment and think about what do women keep in their tailpacks. It’s always been a mystery to me, a bit like the contents of a woman’s handbag – and let me say I approach this topic from a point of having been thankful on many occasions for the stuff that has come out of my wife’s handbag to save the day. However, I do have to ask, why on the hottest day of the year do you put a fleece jacket in your tailpack??? Bottle of water (what was being looked for but not found) yes, but a fleece jacket?? Spanners, tie wraps, yes – fleece jacket NO. Just saying. J
The temps were blistering, jackets could be dumped but armoured jeans had to stay on (I am really glad we won that argument with Justin), so we wandered along the sea front with the sweat pouring out of us on a journey to find some nice cooling – fish and chips. I have to say I have been taught over 30 years of military service never question the leader but at this point I was seriously considering mutiny. Fish and chips in biker kit on one of the hottest days of the year. Bought from a chip shop next to an ice cream stall! I don’t think any of us managed the full portion but a refreshing passionfruit sorbet sorted out temperatures. The most stupid statement of the day, if not the year, was made at this point as I said “I think my sorbet is mainly mango”. No stupid it was mainly passionfruit, clues in the name Einstein. In future I am only going to have vanilla ice cream that will mainly be vanilla.
I then interfered a bit with the route at this point. Chris was happy taking us across to Cullompton, and then down to Exeter for a stop somewhere. I convinced him there was a good road over to Tiverton from Collompton (there is honest) so we could then hook down to Bickleigh Mill for tea and cake. Buoyed by the fact I have Bickleigh in my sat nav Chris agreed to be adventurous and go for it. Sadly he hadn’t realised how adventurous that was going to be.
Chris is a good bloke and knowing I was low on fuel as I hadn’t topped up before leaving (I know rule 1 of PBs fill up in Sainsburys, but the Police….. oh forget it my bad) so he stopped in a petrol station. He then had a nice view of me fly past having not seen he had stopped, I am sure accompanied by a loud “you just can’t help some people”. Anyway I got fuel elsewhere and set off to catch the main party which I did just before Collumpton where a debate was being had. My sat nav wanted to go down the M5 so Chris bravely (stupidly) agreed to keep going on the basis he knew it was “a couple of round abouts” and “his phone was now talking to him”. On reflection we should have taken action, we set off following a leader who was hearing voices in his helmet. Axe murderer in the front?
Anyway to the long and the short of it was having offered up the quickest route (M5) Google maps realised that wasn’t what we wanted and so instead offered up the shortest route to Bickleigh. No leg to Tiverton, oh no not when there are roads that were last driven in 1942 that take you directly to Bickleigh Mill. Anyway despite ignoring signs to Tiverton we eventually came back to civilisation exactly at Bickleigh Mill where we did our usual furniture re-arranging, enjoyed cream teas and the Ben Stokes final few runs as we (hang on I am a Jock so technically you) won the cricket.
We said our tearful farewells at this point and did our usual bomburst to find our own routes home. I think about 180 miles, roads we have never ridden before (and please god some we will never ride again J) but as normal great company and great banter. Thanks Chris, its never easy up front but you gave us a great day out and it was really good to push to places we don’t do very often. I have to say it is difficult to get good routes along that part of the coast so double kudos. Many thanks.
Final point as ever, if you want to join the Whatsapp group drop me a line on 07598 681157 and I’ll add you. On a serious point comms were critical on this rideout, so please do think about coming into the Whatsapp group, it can be useful. Also would there be interest in doing the Lifton Farm Xmas Dinner event again? We have missed a couple of years but I am happy to run it if there is an appetite (Pun intended!!!)
Any criticism or implied poor performance was only for comedic purposes and no animals were hurt during this rideout. Any resemblance to PB riders past or present is entirely coincidental. J
Morning bikers 9am Sainsbury’s for a 9.30am sharp departure.
Chris is going to lead us on a fab ride out this coming Bank Holiday Sunday.
Route via South Brent, Star Cross to Exeter for A QUICK COFFEE STOP.
Then off for a fab look around and a good hour , hour and half for lunch in Lyme Regis, fish chips, ice-cream that sorta thing.
Then home would route made on the day.
Dot will be out as Sweeper, Dave will be there as its a 3 day weekend and the weather forecast is awsome.
So why not get your bikes out for the lads.
The weather last Sunday was just perfect for a run around the quieter roads in North Devon. We followed exactly the planned route and arrived in time for a lovely cooked breakfast at the Eggesford Crossing Cafe. We sat out in the sun right by the railway tracks!
Welcome to Simon on his Yamaha MT-01 ; I think he enjoyed the day.Justin couldn’t make it as he says he was picking up his new bike – a Multistrada I hope!?Pete then had to depart to catch a train to London… hard luck!
We then headed up on a ‘loop’ around South Molton via Witheridge and back to Torrington and on across quiet backroads to Hartland Quay where some of us ate our roast beef dinner (have to keep ‘fuelled up’!!) There’s a toll road down to the hotel and tourists were being relieved of £2 each, but, ever thrifty, I rolled up to the barrier and told the guy that we had a table booked, and besides ‘ you don’t charge bikers DO YOU!’ (combined with a threatening look!). He waved us on…
Jo pumped up her suspension to cope with the extra weight (only joking) as we set off back via Bradworthy and Holsworthy to Tavistock and dispersal.
See you all next time,