Six Counties run

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Six started out on the Six Counties run from the Hammer and Pincers.

Six of us met at the Hammer & Pincers at  9.00 am.Club members Ricardo, Phil, Kev and myself plus two non members Adrian from Ramsey and Andy who I think lives in Potton. After a short time on the A17 we rode the more interesting roads to Byards Leap cafe just off the A17 near RAF Cranwell.

Eight more riders joined us, three members and five non members making fourteen bikes in all.

After refreshments we set off at 10.45 on well surfaced minor roads going out of Lincs. into Notts. between Claypole and the A1. After a few miles in Notts. we went into Leics. just before Bottisford where the road was closed,but we got through without going in the ford. Most of the route  was in Leics. on scenic interesting roads including single track with passing places, twisty B roads and good surfaced unclassified roads, although some had gravel washed down the middle and some farms had mud and other substances on the road but neither interfered with the riding.

14 stop
14 stopped at  Eyebrook reservoir.
Leaving Leics. near Eyebrook Reservoir where we stopped for a break and photo, setting off we entered Northants. at Thorpe by Water after a very short time in Rutland.On into Cambs. near Wansford again  after a short spell in Northants.
 About this time some bikes needed fuel, so a stop was made on the busy A47, this is where things went wrong, from the fuel stop to a left turn off the A47 a distance of about a mile we managed to lose two riders, member Alan and non member Tony.
 I had hoped to stop for lunch at Willowbrook Farm near Helpston but as we were a large group and the cafe small I decided to go to the Iron Horse in Market Deeping which put us back into Lincs.
Iron Horse Ranch
Iron Horse Ranch
After lunch we split up some making their own way home, others visiting bike shops in Peterboro. Five of us rode back to Boston on minor roads where we said goodbye to Kev and Andy.
Phil, Ricardo and myself going on to the Hammer for coffee and a chat.
The route distance was 160 miles from my house in Butterwick and back which took about 4.5 hours of interesting riding at a leisurely pace passing through scenic villages with thatched roofs, and scenic countryside with forests and rolling hills.

And finally 3 stopped for coffee at the Hammer and Pincers.