Bike Week 2016

That went quick!! Another very enjoyable week with friends and colleagues from around the County, Country and even Continent. The weather was good. Not as good as the previous two years, but still good. One of the best days, weather wise, was Wednesday, which was also our BBQ day/evening, so we couldn’t have asked for more.

Sunday was Clive’s West Cornwall Run. We should have ridden though Perranporth, but there was a triathlon going on and last minute changes were made to the route. We rode through St Agnes onto Porthtowan and Portreath, along the coast to Hell’s Mouth café for a stop. Here we experienced the skills of all the emergency services, police, ambulance, air ambulance and coastguard helicopters when a car was discovered on the beach, having gone over the cliff. Fortunately, no one was in it. From here we continued through St Ives and onto St Just for lunch. The afternoon had us riding near to Land’s End, Penzance, Marazion onto Stithians Lake for tea and back to camp. Unfortunately there are no pics for this run. If anyone has some please forward them

Monday was Roger’s East Cornwall Run. The morning stop was at West Looe, overlooking Looe Island. To get here we took the back roads around Bodmin. From Looe, some made there way to Duchy Nursery for lunch while others got a frantic phone call in Looe telling us to go to Lostwithiel instead as the nursery had had an influx of two coaches and were unable to cope. We did get a letter of apology form HRH later in the week!!!! From Lostwithiel we rode back to Cornwall Services on the A30 for a rest and fuel stop and then back to camp. Again, I’m afraid no pics, so please forward if you have any.

Tuesday was Len’s Easy Rider Route, so called because due to the roadworks on the A30 it was difficult to plan a route that would cut across Bodmin Moor through all the twists and turns. Today we rode to Cardinham Woods which is just outside Bodmin. Here we indulged in cake and cake and cake and some even had treacle tart. In fact the café complained they had none left after we departed. From here we rode over part of Bodmin Moor to the famous Jamaica Inn.  From Jamaica Inn we went straight back to camp.

Enjoying lunch outside Jamaica Inn

Enjoying lunch outside Jamaica Inn

George and Dave getting ready to leave while Van shows them how to do it!!

George and Dave getting ready to leave while Van shows them how to do it!!

Wednesday was a free day. Some spent time tinkering with their iron horses while others were compelled to take in some retail therapy. Our chief marshal Pete has a train set in his back garden. Yes..a train set in his back garden and this afternoon he opened it up for the little boys to come and play with. Actually, it’s a big train set and it’s great fun. Thanks Pete. In the evening we had a BBQ on the camp site. As previously mentioned, the weather was superb and a good time was had by all.

Enjoying the weather while waiting for the food to be cooked.

Enjoying the weather while waiting for the food to be cooked.

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There’s Dick admiring Roger’s Ariel outfit and Ken’s speedway bikes.

Thursday was Sid’s South Cornwall Run. On this run we went through two fords and were surprised to see how low they were because the rain had been relentless during the night but fortunately had stopped by the time we were due to ride out. We just skirted Falmouth and onto Penryn for coffee stop.

Penrny Quay

Penryn Quay

Leaving Penryn we travelled the coast and onto the Lizard for one of Ann’s famous pasties

All parked up at The Lizard

All parked up at The Lizard

After leaving The Lizard we stopped at Cornwall Gold near Portreath for a break and following on from there, we finally managed to ride through Perranporth, the place we missed on Sunday, and what do we find?….A Merv moment!

Does anyone know this waif and stray? It's Derek fixing his broken clutch cable.

Does anyone know this waif and stray?……………….
………………..It’s Derek, in Perranporth, fixing his broken clutch cable.

Friday was Mike’s Mid Cornwall run. Today we travelled around the St Austell area and onto Hawkins Motors in St Stephens where there is a museum of classic and vintage motorcycles. We were also provided with complimentary tea and pasties. Yum! Yum!

Here we are, enjoying our pasties at Hawkins Motors

Here we are, enjoying our pasties at Hawkins Motors

Our bikes outside Hawkins Motors

Our bikes outside Hawkins Motors

From the motor museum we continued onto Mevagissey by way of Tregony, Portholland. After Mevagissey it was straight back to camp to start loading the bikes and getting ready for our fish and chip supper. More Yum! Yums!!!

The Rally Committee would like to thank everyone for attending the rally and making it such a success. Thanks also to everyone involved for all their hard work during the preparation of the event. Here’s to 2017