Dragon Tour 2014
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Words by Vince C and photos by John F
is my own account of the Dragon Tour this year. It
started with me loading the Comet onto the trailer, hitching this to
van and setting off for Llandovery College.
I arrived at the college and met with Dave Danielson in
hall. Food was
scheduled for 6.30, by
which time most had arrived and everyone sat down for grub.
food I went for a quiet walk along by the
river. By the time
I reached the river
the rain had started and it kept up all night. Most
of the boys made their way to the bar alongside the cricket ground,
and I joined them there for a very pleasant evening. I
realise that we have the makings of a debating society amongst the
meeting was chaired by Kevin Gilbert and the subject was “What has the
to offer the voter,
so as to gain their vote.” The debate was quite lively and most members
their say on the merits or otherwise of UKIP.
After a hearty
breakfast everyone managed to start their bikes except myself and
Mansell. Charlie soon
problem, water in the works, but yours truly was left kicking and
Comet, before eventually it started and I set off at the tail end of
managed to follow the route until it directed me to
missed this point
but made my way to the stop at Devil’s Bridge. This
was the tea stop and by this time I was
dying to have a pee!! Unfortunately
me everyone was getting ready to set off, and so not wanting to play
again, I decided to tie a knot in it and carry on.
behind Geoff Harris and Kevin Gilbert we
followed the route to Pontterwyd, Llangurig and Talybont. We then
the Dovey estuary,
past the wildlife centre at Furnace and the Osprey centre further on.
We proceeded to
Machynlleth and onto the
lunch stop at the Pen-y-Bont hotel. This
delightful pub was situated alongside Tal-y-llyn lake, and everyone sat
lunch. The weather
at this time decided
to spoil things and it started to rain once again.
lunch we made our way to Tywyn and back along the
coast to Machynlleth, still raining. The
route was pretty straight forward, going through Newtown, onto Llyn
and a tea break at Llanidloes.
this we set off for Rhayader, on
Builth Wells, before turning off for Beulah. Onto the trunk road for
Llandovery, through Llanwrtyd
Wells and onto the
home run to the college. Lady
one more trick up its’ sleeve for both Charlie M and myself. Mine
happened when I went
to put the Comet onto
the centre stand, my foot slipped on the wet rubber and in the wink of
the bike was on its’ side. I
when Geoff and Kevin went passed they must have thought I was giving
friendly wave. I
won’t say what hand
gesture I made to them as they went by!! With Charlie I don’t know what
he must have done to his
leaving for the weekend, but he not only picked up a puncture on the
to college, but ran out of fuel to cap it all.
all arrived back rather wet, but having enjoyed the
Welsh scenery and the ride in general. Everyone
changed into dry cloths and set off for the evening meal in the great
hall. A few of the
boys went to one of the local
pubs for a pint, before heading back for a chit-chat at the college bar.
Sunday thankfully was dry and the Comet behaved itself
and I set off on the Sunday run to Carreg Cennen Castle. This was
supposed to be a short run. We all followed Brian Morris to Myddfai,
where the road was blocked and Brian handed over to me! Big, Big
and a number of other members were led
on a “mystery tour” of all roads on the Black Mountains. Needless to
covering god knows how
many miles we arrived, eventually, at Carreg Cennen just about when
about to leave to head back to the College.
Everyone, including me, decided that in the interest of
being sure of
getting back in time for lunch, we would let someone else to lead the
in all I enjoyed my Dragon Tour and I’m sure there
are a few members who will in future avoid following yours truly!!