On 2nd May a crack team of North London Riders departed Birchanger Services on the M11 and took a lovely route up to the renown Walkers cafe at Barton Mills. We went via Newport, Saffron Walden, Haverhill and finishing down the A1101. Walkers is a very popular Bikers Meet with good food and a nice atmosphere. The excitement may have been too much for the Rider toppling over in the foreground! Afterwards we headed towards Diss but turned off going South on the B1113 and B1115 for a coffee stop in the centre of Sudbury. The Ride finished via Finchingfield and Dunmow. Another great day out.
North London visit the Mutts
It was a fine day on 9th May and a crack team met up at Hatfield for a Ride led by the indomitable Dave Taylor. I didn't know where the heck we were but was previously advised that the route was St Albans, Hemel, Leighton Buzzard, Aylesbury Duck, Thame swan (made up the swan!), Watlington, Chinoor and Ivinghoe...
It was a very good route and we had a final stop at a petrol station for coffee and debrief. A superb day encapsulating much that is good about life. The Mutts in question were actually motorcycles! Really! At Thomas Motors Milton Common where we had lunch at the very friendly Blu Belles cafe.. In the photo we are looking for inspiration, apart from Keith who has passed wind...
North London enjoy Corners
Sunday 23rd May came up with a reasonable weather forecast and six of Norf London's finest met at McDees with Corners on their mind. They were not to be disappointed and enjoyed a fine brunch at the Corner cafe in Sible Hedingham, a favourite venue of our svelte team. The route was on some nice country roads with more Corners aplenty. It encompassed Takeley, Elsenham, Thaxted, Finchingfield. After brunch we visited 'Rev It' in Walton on Naze going via Halstead and Colchester. Our route home was Colchester, Tiptree, Maldon and through Chelmsford. The Corner theme was enhanced when one of our team was stopped by Police in Finchingfield and given advice and a short led ride to improve his cornering technique. I shall apply discretion to protect the guilty party. (Until Thursday Club night at least)!
North London Customise
On 30th May we decided to brave the often busy roads south of the River and visit the South Coast. I led a prize Team from Brentwood across the Dartford crossing, immediately cutting across country via Meopham, Wrotham and Tenterden. Next we stopped for lunch at the Custom cafe by Bexhill. It was rather nice there in the sun, though very busy and we were forced to cut our day a bit short as it had taken us longer than expected to get there. We met Dave and Bill there, who had whizzed down ahead of the Main group. We then had a stop on the beautiful Beachy Head. This is apparently a favourite 'jumpers' spot with a vicar there to talk to. We settled on an ice cream. We then used mainly the A22 to get home and went on a lovely road through Hartfield, where Pooh Corner cafe had shut. Home was the veritable M25 on which we split up...
A warm welcome to Adrian who joined us for his first Ride, hope to see him again!
North London visit the Valleys
One of our Branches favourite destinations is staying at Severn Farm by Welshpool and riding the beautiful roads all around. After a three year absence a strong team of us went there on the weekend 4-7th June and had a superb, rain free trip organised by Dave T and on which I shared the leading with him. Apart from the great accommodation, these are my pick of the roads.. A458, A470, A483, A44, A4120, Devils Bridge, Elan Valley, mountain route from Rhayader to Machynlleth, from Bethgelert to Capel Curig and across mountain via Blaenau and Bala. The Corn Store in Welshpool was our favourite eatery. Marvellous it all was !
North London make a sandwich
The sandwich in question is the Suzuki (thorn) parked between the two Honda roses. Or an artists impression of a raspberry jam sandwich? Anyhow, lets not get carried away with the prologue. It was a beautiful day on Sunday 13th June and Keith kindly led a fine Ride. After a meet at McDonalds (we don't lack imagination) we took a nice route West to the Super Sausage before some lovely roads took us through to the nice cafe at Tring in the photo. No one actually had a sandwich but Cliff did have a roll. He was very excited you see. Only three of us attended but the weekend was sandwiched in between some big Branch trips so some of the older members might have needed a rest. A week in Scotland starts next week. Tally Ho!
North London visit the Highlands
Between 20-26th June four of our most charismatic and finest members partook of a Trip to Scotland.
We had mainly good weather and some stunning roads, good grub too! Our first day took us to Haltwhistle via A1 and B6227. We then made progress up the M74 before using the stunning A82 to get most of the way to our four day base at the nice Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer. Very nice and good value here but the 'Deli' just below the hotel recommended for evening grub. From our base we had fantastic days around Skye and also up to Durness via Ullapool and back via Tongue and Lairg. The final day took us on a different route to Spean Bridge and across to Nethy Bridge. Coming back we used the A9 and A7 to near Carlisle and then mirrored day 1 to get home. A great Trip with good company and fairly fortunate with the weather. I was joined by Simon, Richard and Robin..
North London and Essex tackle the Rally
On 3rd July Graham, Jim, Keith, Roland and myself completed the National Rally to Gold Standard by doing 13 checkpoints and about 310 Rally miles which took us about 12 hours. We did have some nice stops though! Graham more or less knew the route from years of experience and we covered some lovely roads in generally fine weather. Notable check points were Swafham, Wisbech, Langrith and Grantham. It was a fine and tiring day. We did miss the footy though!
North London Ace it..
On 4th July three of us set out for the Ace cafe to meet other members and see our Graham on the HOC Stand. It was very nice there and we met Albert there, a new Branch member. We also met Cliff who joined the indomitable trio above on a rather pleasant Ride out that took in Amersham, Aylesbury, a coffee break at Tring and a whizz home along the A414. Contrary to the forecast weather we had more sun than rain and had a rather good day all round.
North London go Premium Class
Dave Taylor, one of our most resolute members, had kindly arranged a long weekend in the Premier Inn at Altrincham, near Manchester. Ten people on eight machines boldly signed up for the Trip and, by heck, it was a grand one! Every day a pessimistic weather forecast was wrong and we had some great, generally dry roads and superb scenery. Dave led us there and back, using the A5 and staying clear of motorways, with stops including Eddie Stobarts trucking place and a ride over the Cat and Fiddle. I led the first Ride out to North Wales, including the Ponderosa cafe, Capel Curig, Llanberis and Betty's y Cod. Dave led the second to the best of the Peak District that took in Woodhead pass, the A515 and other lovely bits. It was a great and sociable long weekend..
North London join the Party
July 18th was a very warm day and John had kindly arranged to lead a short but pleasant Ride Out to the HOC Essex Show held at the Ship Pub. He was joined by Albert, Dave and Robin. There were others who turned up individually. Four of our Branch were helping out at the Show, two of our finest shown 'on the gate'. A day we all enjoyed. The fabulous Honda in the foreground is my pride and joy.