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North London tour to Berwick

Richard, Steve J, Gary, Martin, Daniel and myself (another Steve) had a great time at the HOC weekend at Berwick and very much enjoyed the Ride on the Saturday. We made the Event a bit of a Tour and on the Thursday, 15th September, quickly dashed up to Scotch Corner on the A1 where a bite to eat at the burger stall was enjoyed. We then had a fabulous ride through the Pennines to Alston on the B6277 before our first night at Twice Brewed Inn by Hadrian’s Wall. A very nice place, if expensive. We had plenty of time the next day and visited the fine Bamburgh Castle via Jedburgh and Kelso before descending on our Haven. On the Sunday we were joined by Tim and Mike from Essex Branch and had a nice ride in Northumberland and into Scotland before a visit to the Holy Island, they were great company. At Haven we met many friends and these included Graham, Jim and Michaela who come from our part of the woods. Our route home took us to Skipton via some brilliant roads through Northumberland and the Pennines again before a run through the Yorkshire Dales. Probably our best day of consistent great roads. After Skipton it was mainly the A1 home again. Good weather and a great time was had by us and we thank the Organisers for all the work they put in, Colin, Marc, Phil, Jennie, Sarah, Jude and others who I might have missed. Thanks!

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North London go big on sausages

On 25th September a run was decided and I thought it was about time we headed West for a change, rather than more north bounds. We left our usual McDees and six bikes and seven persons went very much across country to Broxbourne and Hatfield before going over the top of Luton and on to the A5. It was still a bit of a run before we got to the busy and popular Super Sausage cafe near Towcester. Great portions here and good value left us all feeling a little podgier! We had a look at the other bikes and chatted a bit with others before heading on through Towcester and then hitting the A413 to take us homewards. This lovely road went through Buckingham and to Aylesbury and we then stopped at a favourite cafe in Tring. Some of us had cake! For goodness sake! Have they no restraint! Home was then Hemel Hempstead and the A414. A great day out before the Autumn descends upon us, dry it was with lovely roads. 

North London go to Lilley

On 9th October Steve J, our venerable Chairperson, a quiet person of restraint and natural authority, decided to lead a Ride. The venue was decided as the Lilley Arms in the village of Lilley, near Luton. Four other riders joined him and they took a pleasant route through Hertford and some fine country roads to get there. The weather was lovely and I, Steve, travelling back in my car from a walking break was able to join them for lunch. After nice food, a drink and desserts for the weaker willed, the bikers then continued towards Shefford then skirted Biggleswade towards Baldock on the A505. Then the A507 took them on to a previously unvisited cafe at Mill end for tea and cakes. A good day was had by all.

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North London visit Cider Country

Our esteemed branch had been slowly thinking about a trip to finish off the summer and this duly occurred midweek 11 -14th October. Seven of our most intrepid set off for Somerset on the Tuesday and leaving the M25 early via Westerham used the A282 to get to Loomies for lunch. Very busy here and we then went via Winchester, Salisbury and Frome to our home for the next 3 nights at the Premier Inn on the edge of Weston Super Mare. Keith led our first ride out inland which was very pleasant, though we were disappointed that Cheddar Cheese Gorge was closed. We had lunch at a railway station and it was very good! I think the next day was the finest with a ride across the A39 and incorporating (including) Minehead, Porlock, Ilfracombe, inland near Exmoor and a nice stop at a tea shop in Exford. Extremely good roads much enjoyed. The ride home was the only one spoilt by weather and it drizzled all day. The Premier Inn was good and one night we spent at a nice curry house in Weston that included a walk to see the Oil Rig tourist thingy. Some liked it. I thought it a bit ugly and it was lit the colour of a can of Tango. All in all a great end to a good summer, though plenty of Sunday rides to come. Attended by Dave P, Richard, Keith, Gary B, Mark, Simon and me… young Steve…?

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North London have a Pedigree Ride

On 30th October the weather forecast was a bit dodgy but some of us were keen for a run out, particularly since the previous Sunday had been very poor. I therefore led three of us from Birchanger Services on great but wet roads to Walkers at Barton Mills. Our route was Thaxted, Haverhill, Kentford and Tuddenham. It was dry there and the food was good and we met Graham there who joined us on the route homeward bound. While there it stopped raining though the roads never fully dried out. No mongrel makes joined us on the ride and perhaps for the first time in ages we all proudly took Hondas. Good to see (I do have a Triumph also Ahhemm! ). Our return route took us through Barrow, Clare and Finchingfield before a final stop at the nice Parishes in Thaxted. A very nice day on choice roads.

North London suffer rising damp

On 13th November the weather looked promising with no rain forecast and no rain having fallen the day before. So though it started very damp and misty I led a steadfast team of 7 machines and 8 persons on a nice little ride. I vaguely had promised that the sun was due to shine and the roads dry out. We took a beautiful route through Epping Green, Roydon, the Hadhams, the Pelhams before lunch at the nice Bury Lane farm shop just north of Royston. The eerie mist and sparkling dampness was with us all the way, but the roads were generally good and the ride pleasant. Finally, after lunch the roads started to dry out and we returned home via the Mordens, Baldock, Buntingford and a final stop at Hatfield Heath where we said goodbye, the cafe not being open. A nice day, leaving dirty bikes but refreshed minds.

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North London chill out

On 4th December it was a rather cold day, but the roads were generally dry, so a short ride was organised. Four of us, John, Richard, Paul and myself took the lovely roads up to Dunmow and then to Sible Heddingham for lunch at the nice Corner cafe. It's great value and always quite busy here. Some of us being a little cold we decided on a reasonably direct route home without a stop. We took some of the finest local roads through Finchingfield, Thaxted, Dunmow, Takeley and Hatfield Heath before splitting up at Harlow. It was a lovely day with good company.

North London celebrate the baby Jesus.

On Saturday 10th December we met up for a great Christmas meal at the Moorhen Pub near Harlow. It was a great occasion with good food and very sociable. About 24 attended. Thank you to Richard for organising. Sorry that you are not all in the pictures as there would have been too many pictures to send. We all look forward to the plans we have for the coming year. Merry Christmas!

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North London Venture Out

After quite a few weeks of wet Sundays our lot finally decided to take a chance and have a ride out. So on 8th January, as tradition dictates the lunch stop was going to be Burnham on Crouch. We had rather good weather getting there, though the roads were damp. Our route from Epping area was Chelmsford, Danbury, Latchington, Bradwell. The roads there are really good. We had a nice lunch and chat at the Cabin Dairy which is under new management and is friendly and has restored the bike parking alongside it. The route home was spoilt by the expected rainfall but all in all it was a great day....

North London go to Krazy

On 15th January Keith kindly led our bunch on a ride the went to Krazy Horse in Bury St Edmunds, a rather interesting custom bike dealer with a nice cafe. Seven of us enjoyed the route that took in Ongar, Finchingfield, Haverhill and then to the lunch stop. At lunch we met Stuart, a Member who lived nearby and Alan turned up just as we were leaving. Four of us went home via Sudbury and Finchingfield and a few of us enjoyed tea and Christmas cake with Dave and Maria at their home near Dunmow. It was a cold but dry day with lovely roads and a very pleasant occasion. 

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