Four hardy souls showed up for the run to the Ebrington Arms led by myself, Kev, Phil and Richard. The route took in a goodly selection of road surfaces, Smooth, poor, green in the middle and even a ford (note to self, slower next time), some straight and some twisty. As there was only four in total we travelled at a slightly raised pace, on reaching the dear park Phil and Kev developed a problem with their bikes, the throttles seemed to get stuck, open. They streaked ahead whilst Richard and I continued at a more sedate pace meeting up with them at the other end of the park, we then continued to the Ebrington Arms for a drink and chip butty, thanks Phil.
Last Sunday was the first weekend ride out of the year, brilliant sunny day, very warm, and only 5 bikes turned out, Paul & Sandra, Mick & Shirley, newbie Mike, and myself! Where was everyone else? This was my first club ride out on the Tiger800, so I was a bit apprehensive knowing my every move would be noted, we set off at a steady pace to Woodhall Spa, Metheringham, Harmston, Newton-on-Trent, across the toll bridge then up the A161 to Goole. A good steady ride in bright sunshine, the group kept together well, only blip being Paul thought I should have chased after a bunch of sports bikes who overtook us!
At Goole, the place was packed, just managed to find parking spaces inside, and then met Marco, Dave G and Mick Andrews who had gone independently. A great show of bikes, some nice classics as shown in the pics.
On the return trip, we decided to go down the A161 to the M180, go across to the end at Barnetby and stop in the cafe, which had been transformed by the new owners since my last visit. I asked Paul if he would like to lead the rest of the way (I’d forgotten where the turn off was past the airport!) so we set off at a somewhat brisker pace, eventually arriving at Horncastle together, where we split with Paul, Sandra, and Mick and Shirley going through the deer park, whilst Mick and I carried on to Coningsby. My fuel warning light came on just as we were paying the end of the airfield, so keeping an eye on that I missed Mick shooting off, arrived home at about 5.30 having refuelled!
All in all a great day out with great people and wonderful weather!
The run to the mall was led by yours truly on my chariot, this was a run in two parts, part one myself and four others if I recall went at a sedate pace as determined by my chariot and a couple of 125 machines. Part two led by Paul with four or five at a rather swifter pace over a greater distance arriving at the Mall in Woodhall Spa at around eight twenty.
‘We had a request from our stand on the Boston Community Day for a seriously ill guy in Deeping St Nicholas to have a ride in a sidecar, so Richard and I went across on Tuesday to fulfil his wish. It gave us great pleasure as it obviously made his day, he thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t stop smiling the whole time!’
The annual run around the block against the clock organised this year by Kev was completed by X riders and one passenger. We were given a route, very simple one at that, for folk like me who can remember the last ten minutes but not much further, and a target average speed of XX. The winner of this contest was the person closest to the target. Sandra carried away the honours this year, beating last years winner, her son into second place.
Several of us met up at the Eagle public house for a few pre Christmas drinks, this is an annual event that I always walk to. For those that do not know, the Eagle has to be the fore most if not only place to stock as many malt whiskeys as I have ever seen any where, real ale that will have you falling over should you try to sample it all and enough different ciders to leave you incapable. As always the talk was mostly on subjects that do not stand too close a scrutiny, it was noted by one of our number that a particular discussion on the fuel economy of modern motorcycles as opposed to speed did give an indication of the average age of the gathering. An excellent evening with even better company.
Christmas dinner 2016
We have had our club Christmas dinner, the Hammer and Pincers did us proud, an excellent meal all round. Sandra and Paul gathered a goodly collection of gifts for distribution amongst the club members some that provoked interest and some that gave rise to raucous mirth. It will be interesting to drive past Dave T’s place next year to see if there is an inflatable Santa and Snowman on the lawn. Thank you Sandra and Paul.
A presentation was made to Andy Carrott, one of our founder members, in appreciation of the years that he has driven the club forward as a member of the committee and as a truly committed club member. Our thanks go to Andy.
The annual Toy Run and charity event took place on a clear and mild Sunday morning, as is my habit, I, like others prepared my steed with lashings of shiny stuff designed for Christmas trees, indeed I also added a tree complete with lights. Whilst on my way to collect my passenger, I and the chariot were subject to the passing scrutiny of a couple of gents in blue, it seems that I must have passed muster, or perhaps they still think it was the result of the last evens booze. The Hammer and Pincers provided as it has for the past few years an excellent breakfast for those in need of nourishment, which always is a good way to start the day.
Yours truly was given the responsibility of time keeper for the run, bad move, now what time were we supposed to leave…. as it happened with the help of other club members we did get to the market place and subsequently the hospital at about the right times. Whilst at the market place donations for the Woman’s Refuge were presented to one of their representatives.
At the hospital the donated toys were taken to the childrens ward by our resident Santa and his helpers. Thanks should go to Al and his two assistants who transported the donations and acted as marshals for the run.
Music Quiz Tues 18 October Dave T invigilated for an examination, the subject was music. Yours truly was ungraded, Mark W was the star, and obtained the only pass with merit, his good lady was kind enough to advise me and indeed everyone else on a couple of answers, thanks Donna, at least I didn’t get a duck. We even had a team of young women who happened to be dining at the Hammer who did much better than I. Again thanks to Dave for his efforts, a good evening was had by all.
Dave T was in the hot seat for this event, and with his good lady organised the burgers and buns, good they were too. The weather was in our favour and the buns stayed dry for the evening. Thanks go to Dave and Gail for their work in sorting this one out.