Rides Out

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Six Bells @ Witham on the Hill 25 August 2015

It were a drizzly evening when I dragged Gertrude out of the garage, as always she started straight away and without grumbling about the weather which to be honest was grimy and grey. My neighbour Phil and I made a quick stop at the filling station and then to the Bargate car park to see if any others were daft enough to be out on this grey evening.

We stood around for a few minutes discussing where we would go if we were the only two to show, I thought that I could try out the run for next week if we were the only people here this evening. After a few more minutes our run leader showed up, DaveT, who proceeded to tell us that on looking on the internet the newly revamped Six Bells was looking a bit posh for us plebeians in our bike gear, ” You have to book a table before arriving to eat” he told us. So a decision was made to divert to the Wishing Well at Dyke, as most of the route would still be OK.

Two more hardy souls showed up and off we set, led by DaveT followed by Oleg, myself, Phil and bringing up the tail Mark.

The ride was very pleasant as the weather fined up, it stayed cloudy but was dry, the roads were damp but mostly clear, apart from a few places where the fields had drained across a road leaving behind a patch of sand and gravel, why always on a corner I ask? Caz will tell of the effect this has on your bike and self if you are unlucky. All was going well until we came across some road works, we could see the other end, and a clear route through, but, “no mate, elf and safety” so back we went to find an alternate route. That route took us through Witham on the Hill, and as it was pushing nine of the clock we stopped at the posh Six Bells, where we were welcomed by a comely young wench even in our bike gear. The beer was sampled, quite some bo!!ocks was spoken, and a pleasant hour or so was passed.

The ride home was very pleasant, clear roads, cloudy sky but warm, what more can you ask? all in all a pleasant way to spend an evening.

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Chris Walker Kawasaki 18 August 2015

Only tree hardy soles turned up for the run to Chris Walker Kawasaki in Grantham, a little disappointing but understandable considering the weather conditions.
The ride there was uneventful following the A52 until the outskirts of Grantham were reached. Dave T then lead the group down Whalebone Lane, through Great Ponton village onto Spitalegate Level, turning left into Gorse Lane crossing the A1 and then right into Wyville Road dropping down to Harlaxton Road.
We were greeted by Chris Walker with a free mug of tea or coffee, the cafe was still open and the food was good and very reasonably priced. After refreshments we then had Chris’s undivided attention and the next couple of hours flew by as he talked very honestly about anything and everything we asked including – his racing career, the ups and downs of starting a motorcycle dealership, and riding the new supercharged Kawasaki H2R.
Despite the wet ride home all agreed a very good evening was had.

The Splash 4 August 2015

The evening was cloudy but warm, the destination was  ‘The Splash’, a pub named because of its proximity to a ford, at Little Cawthorpe near Louth.
 12 members left Boston via the A16 on a wide range of bikes – modern and old, including a 600 BMW of 1974 vintage, a 350 Morini and an early 500 four Honda. Turning off the main road at Stickford the route then wound its way through Old Bolingbroke, Mavis Enderby, Brinkhill, South Ormsby, and South Thoresby. The back roads were deserted and not a single car had to be overtaken on what was a very pleasant run until disaster struck!
After passing the delightfully named hamlet of Belleau we were less than a few miles from our destination when a tight left hand bend was encountered with a large patch of gravel, which was only visible at the very last moment. It was a choice of running through it and hoping or a violent swerve to avoid it. Unfortunately it caught out our current treasurer and founder member Caz who no doubt was horrified to see his beloved sliding down the road in front of him (no not Jane, the 350 Morini)!
Although not badly injured Caz was in no state to carry on and Paul Taylor volunteered to take him to hospital.
The rest of the group moved on to the pub, they organised a van to come to rescue the Morini, and had a pint while reflecting on the evenings dramatic events.
Look out for an update on the health of rider and machine!

Around Lincolnshire Run 1 August 2015

A few months ago it was suggested that we should have a run to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the club, the route that was finally adopted was to ride around the edge of Lincolnshire, without leaving the county. Now for those that do not know, we live in  the second largest county in England, which means quite a large border, which when you consider that the roads don’t  conveniently follow the border we were left with a planed route to cover in one day. Easy I here you say, I will at this point say that Lincolnshire has no motorways and some pretty poor roads in the lesser travelled areas. Still not daunted an intrepid band met up for an 06:30 start, or was it 06:40.

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The planed route can be found on the ride out routes part of the site. We set off in the general direction of Skegness, on some of the most suspect roads on offer, or so we thought, I even heard one of our group profess to be happy to see the A52, I am sure he was joking or was he? Any way Skegness soon came and went along the coast we went heading for the coastal resort of Cleethorpes and the first stop, for breakfast and fuel, my third visit to a McDonalds, well I needed some calories, the food well the less said… It had taken 2 hours to get there, what is normally a 45 minute to 1 hour journey. On leaving Cleethorpes and heading around the edge of Grimsby through the docks area it was interesting to see the change from Ho;holiday resort to commercial areas, in particular the smell of the fish docks will always be remembered. This was to be the last large population centre we would pass through.

The next stop would be for a stretch on the bank of the Humber.

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All there except yours truly, who was behind the camera.

From here we headed in the general direction of Gainsborough for a fuel stop, but first as it was now lunch time a stop for food was sorted, and I still haven’t a clue where we stopped other than to say we found some decent food and drink in a pleasant pub. (edit. The pub was the Jenny Wren Inn in Susworth.)

rndlincs9Waiting for our food to arrive, discussing the ride so far.

After we were suitably filled with food and drink we set off for the fuel stop and then to cross the river Trent  twice both times on the same bridge, as part of Lincolnshire resides on the other side and is only accessible vis the one bridge without leaving the county, this would not be the last time we did this.

routerrroute courtesy of Mark.

Soon after we were heading South ish, when we got to use one of the few bits of dual carriage way in Lincolnshire, not to get too excited as it was a mile one way and then back up the other side just to cross it.

It was at a point around South Scarle that we lost one of our number to a minor accident, he came off on a bend, the damage to his bike and indeed himself was minor and he left the group to return home slowly.

Then to head in a direction that would take us past Grantham some where to the East, heading South towards a couple of places from my past, South Witham and Little Bytham.

rndlincs13Uffington for a stretch and drink.

We stopped for a stretch and drink,sandwich or whatever we had with us in the village of Uffington, as can be seen from the picture the shadows are beginning to lengthen, only another 80 ish miles to go. We were now heading along the Southern edge of the county, through places like Market Deeping and Crowland towards Sutton Bridge. It was this part of the trip that reintroduced us to the phenomena of the South Lincolnshire undulating road, oft signed as being unsuitable for speeds over 30/40mph. Much riding was done stood up.

On reaching Sutton Bridge we crossed the river Nene once in each direction in order to go around the bit of Lincolnshire that is on the other side of the river, it was then a gallop along the coastal edge of Lincolnshire taking in such places as Gedney and Holbeach St Marks. Then crossing the Fosdyke into home territory passing through Kirton Holme and Frampton before arriving back in Boston at 20:10 it took 13hrs 30minutes.

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Salutation Run 28 July 2015

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Great ride out to the Salutation Inn Nettleton, last night, lead by yours truly (Dave S), and trying a new route over the Wolds.

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7 club members, plus new man Bob on his Harley wide glide. Got rained on part of the way going and on the return! 100 mile round trip.

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The Pudding Run 14 July 2015

Being the summer, the heat has caused me to become somewhat lackadaisical about keeping things up to date,  inevitably this means that I forget things, that and age galloping in. So casting my memory back a week, to the pudding run.

About 11 of us set off from the Bargate car park for a gentle amble around the countryside in the general area of Horsington ending up at Horncastle where we were treated to a pudding of our choice, courtesy of the club.

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The pub which I believe was the Fighting Cocks served an acceptable pint, the spotted dick was unfortunately not the best I have had. Though for all this the evening was very pleasant made more so by the company.

 

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The Massingberd Run 7 July 2015

Six members turned out with the weather perfect for a run. Dave T lead the group out through Antons Gowt and Langrick skirting around Conningsby on the back road to Kirby on Bain then onto Horncastle. Taking the Lincoln Road and then cutting across to West Ashby and into the Wolds towards Cadwell, then turning left to travel through Donnington on Bain to the top end of the Blue Stone Heath Road which was followed to South Ormsby and The Massingberd Arms.
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The food and drink was given the thumbs up by all. If you are wondering about the name of the pub, the surname of the family who owned Gunby Hall for many years was Massingberd.
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The run home was a free for all with everyone choosing a route to suit them.
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