week - 2nd to 9th September
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Report and photos from the Cornish week from Rob and John.
was a smaller than usual group that headed off to Monkey Tree Holiday
Newquay for the fourth Cornwall Riding Week. John took his caravan and
Robís bikes in his van, Stuart and Lesley took their motorhome, while
Rob hired mobile homes on site as they went with their respective
families, quoting it as a bit of a holiday.
Bikes involved were Johnís BSA A10, Stuartís Norton, Terryís Honda and
í59 Velocette MAC. Normally Rob would have taken his Honda 400/4 but on
Friday, whilst riding it down to Johnís for loading into the van, it
down! (Shock and horror!!!) Completely
dead electrics even after being charged in Johnís van. Luckily John was
enough to take the Honda back to Aberdare where it was quickly swapped
Back to Cornwall and the
weather forecast for the week showed sunshine and a lot of showers and
the rain was so bad on the Sunday that the run was cancelled, as some
the moors were felt to be too bad. Rob and his family spent the day in
Newquay where a seal was spotted in the harbour and there was a
rowing event to watch.
West Cornwall Run.
weather was overcast and damp to start with, but it promised to
We all met in the usual car park and were joined by Stuartís friend and
a BSA, Gareth and Terry from Swansea, on a Guzzi and Matchless and a
led the happy band and kept the speed down so we could see
countryside through the slight drizzle. We rode on roads used last year
Penpol Quay on the south coast, to just outside Falmouth for the tea
stop at Penrhyn,
was now dry.
From here we ran through the lanes to Gweek, across the
to the lunch stop by the sea at Coverrack. Here Stuartís Norton
start and was diagnosed with a faulty magneto and loaded into the
lunch we struck off northwards and inland through Helston and
before returning to the camp after a run of some 85 miles. Luckily,
some of the
local lads knew of a mag specialist so Stuartís mag was taken to him.
checked it, replaced the armature with a second hand spare,
remagnetised it and
Stuart refitted it on the Tuesday morning.
North Cornwall Run
the morning was damp as the usual group set off on the coast road out
Newquay to Mawgan Porth. Here we turned inland, through lanes and after
crossing the River Camel at Wadebridge had a tea stop at Blisland. We
rather wet and so decided to make for lunch, at Tintagel, by a more
route rather than looping north to Boscastle.
John set up his sat nav
us, by listening to instructions through his Bluetooth headset. The sun
began to shine and we were dry by the time we pulled into the car park
at the King
Arthurís Arms. As we rode in we spotted Stuart and Lesley who had
directly after refitting the mag on the Norton.
The afternoon route was
lovely run along the coast to the lifeboat station at Trevose Head
where we had
ice cream under a now blue sky.
The lifeboat had been called out the
evening to rescue the crew of a trawler that had gone aground on rocks
Padstow and was out, when we were there, trying to refloat the boat.
sunshine and blue skies continued on our way through the coastal bays
Porth and Tregurrian and back to camp after completeing 100
was a free day. Rob and family went off to Tintagel to visit the
castle. A very
interesting place but an awful lot of steps.
John visited Peterís railway in the afternoon
and ended up working as a guard on the steam trains. We all met up in
evening for a good chat at the bbq and Cornish cream tea.
South Cornwall Run
was a much brighter start to the day as we set off on a reverse of a
did last year, but with a few new lanes added. We did have warnings
usual ford was running quite quickly and was about four inches deep and
was some mud in the lanes. The ford was negotiated with no trouble
back wheel of the Velo stepped out on mud in one lane, after
causing me to put my foot down to regain balance. Our mid morning stop
cafe at Stithians lakes where the waitress came out to admire the
bikes, sit on
my Velo and take photos for their website.
the rebuilt mag on
Stuartís bike failed again
and so he was loaded up in to the recovery van. From here we headed on
route that eventually brought us out on a hill at Marazion with a great
the bay and St. Michaelís Mount. We rode along the bay before turning
and across country to St Just for lunch. Terry, John and myself were
the last to
lunch and we were able to hustle the bikes along the winding north
with great views of the sea, St Ives, Portreath and on to Hellís Mouth
Some of the group were being interviewed by Cornwall radio but we
to push on. The final leg was along the coast, through the narrow
streets of St
Agnes and Perranporth before reaching the campsite after 94 enjoyable
weather forecast was heavy rain and thunder and lightning so we decided
ride. John and I loaded the BSA and Velo into the van on the Thursday
and John decided to leave early on Friday. On the Friday morning I
to leave as well, although
staying and thinking of doing the run in the car. Although rather wet
still a great few days riding on bikes with friends.