Thirty two bikes took part in the above run on Sunday 27th May 2018. Merv Pearce, one of our long standing members, sadly died last year, following a long illness. In years gone by, Merv was well known for his Dartmoor Runs. His knowledge of Cornwall and the surrounding Moors was endless. He was also famous for his quizzes at club nights. In his memory Roger Hore organised a memorial run over Exmoor. It was a charity run for Little Harbour Hospice, Children’s Hospice South West. The run left Camelford and made its way to Barnstaple and South Molten where we met up with friends from the Devon Section. Merv always had a great affiliation with the Devon Section. From here a coffee break was enjoyed at the Honey Centre in South Molton and then the ride was led by Merv’s cousin Gordon. He led us around a few of Merv’s favourite places, ending at the North Gate Inn in South Molton. Roger led the run back to Camelford, the same way that Merv has down many times in the past. He would have been proud! .A total of around 190 miles was travelled.
Basil’s run on Sunday 20th May was a very enjoyable one. Twenty five bikes, riders and some pillion passengers met at the Chiverton Arms by Chiverton Cross.
We headed West, weaving and winding our way through the lanes and ending up at Marazion for a short coffee stop. It was warm and the sun was shining. St Micheal’s Mount could be seen in all its glory in the background.
From here we travelled further West through Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole. In Mousehole we encountered a 1:4 hill with four hairpins. Basil did warn us before hand and was adamant that we had to zig zag up the hill. We couldn’t zig zig up it or even zag zag because then we might end up in someone’s front garden. However, he who shall remain nameless but sometimes answers to the name of Len, tried a zig zig but just in time did a zig zag. Now if you’ve followed all that, you deserve your lunch at Geevor Mine, which is where we stopped.
From here some went on to Lelant Nurseries for a tea break. Others went on home. Thanks Basil for a brilliant run and for ordering the good weather.
Sunday January 21st….cold, wet and foggy but still nine bikes and riders met up at Chiverton Cross for George’s run.
The ride went through Portreath, where there was going to be a coffee stop but it was unanimously agreed to keep going and get to lunch as soon as possible. Lunch was at Porthleven.
Thanks George for a good ride inspite of the weather.
This year for our section’s Christmas meal we went to the Quintrell Inn at Quintrell Downs near Newquay. Over 50 people attended and we all enjoyed a vey nice carvery. We have been using this venue quite a lot recently with committee meetings, rally meetings and monthly lunch meetings. They look after us very well.
Below are some photographs of the event, taken by Peter Lee.
Winter runs are always a battle with the weather. Will the roads be muddy, icy or both? Will it rain or be dry? Well today the roads were muddy but it didn’t rain although it was getting cold by the end of the day. Laurence took us on a great run. Thirty plus bikes with riders, some pillion passengers and a three wheeler met at Ladock and rode through to Newquay, Porth, Watergate Bay and onto Mawgan Porth for a coffee break. Lovely views of the sea on one side and hills and fields on the other. From here we went along the coast to Padstow. At one point we came across a road closed sign. Did we take any notice?….no. We rode down the road, getting nearer and nearer to the beach. Oh well, Laurence has arranged an activity for us…..beach racing!!! Thankfully no. The road was in fact open and we arrived in Padstow for a comfort break. From here we travelled onto Cornwall Services at Victoria for lunch. Thanks Laurence a great day.
Sunday 20th August dawned miserable and wet. However, as always there were some hardy brave bikers, eight in fact, who met up at Morrison’s supermarket in Bodmin determined not to be put off by the weather. They rode to Tavistock where they were joined by another group and rode over Dartmoor to enjoy a well earned lunch break at Widdicombe in the Moor. The rain never let up and all came back safely and soaked. Thanks to Gary for this run. Despite the weather this is always a popular and enjoyable day.
It is often said that bikers just ride from one food stop to the next. Well today we broke the law because on Kelvin’s Rame Head Run our first stop was the Coastwatch Station at Rame Head and there was no food or drinks available. The view from the station was magic, overlooking the East Coast of Cornwall and all the ruggedness there. Leaving here we rode to Mount Edgecumbe for lunch where we did eat. After a great break and basking in the sun we set off for Calstock where we enjoyed a cream tea to finish off the day. Thanks to Kelvin B for a most enjoyable day.