photo to see a larger picture - then just follow the slide show.)
to Howard, Rob and Terry for sharing their photos.
The usual suspects made their way to Saundersfoot on Thursday the 18th
Sept. Terry and Rob with their motor-homes were booked into the
Broadfield camping and caravan park on the Tenby road out of
Saundersfoot, whilst Howard and Carol and Jean and I were booked into
our usual hotel. Bruce and Di were not due to arrive until the
following day. Those of us that had arrived decided to eat in
the Merlewood Hotel that
evening and good the food was.
19th September - social run
start was from the Merlewood hotel at 10.30 for a 45 mile run around
west Pembs, ending up at Folly Farm. We rode together and after some 35
miles decided to stop at Cresswell Quay, where a few others also had
the same idea.
the Quay it was only another dozen or so miles to Folly Farm, where
we had free admission provided that we left our bikes on
for a couple of hours.
some years since I've been to Folly Farm and they do have a superb
collection of vintage fairground rides and attractions. On top of that
there has been a tendency to turn the place into a zoo with all the
usual animals. Certainly there was plenty to see and more than a couple
of hours would be needed to get around the whole of the place.
evening we had a table booked at the Dragon Palace Chinese restaurant
for Terry, Rob, Howard and Carol, plus Jean and myself. Bruce
Di had arrived and decided to eat in the Merlewood Hotel.
20th September - The trial day
day dawned cloudy but dry, as we all assembled on the harbour front
awaiting the start at 10am. Jean and I were soon away on the Indian,
riding number 4. All told there were 26 genuine Vintage machines in the
programme which was nice to see.
were soon out into the country and heading north towards Narberth.
There were a few spots of rain, but they came to nothing as we
negotiated some of the ups and downs of northern Pembs. The lunch stop
was at Llwyngwair Manor that is a favourite watering hole for the West
South Wales section and a more than suitable venue for our Dragon Tour
at some point in the future.
The weather hadn't really picked up for the afternoon run back to
Saundersfoot and the top of the Prescelly hills were cloaked in cloud
as we set off. For some reason or other the Indian just didn't seem to
be climbing the hills very well at all and I was in bottom gear, most
of the time. We rode through the cloud and visibility was not good, but
the Indian's lights were working well, so that was pleasing. The hills
were not easy to negotiate and downs, with one rear brake, were as bad
as the ups which had to be taken by racing the engine in bottom. In
fact the motor was not running well at all. Then we incorrectly took a
left turn to 'Login' and really should have continued on to the next
turning. We went down a very steep hill into the bottom of the valley -
and as the saying goes 'what goes up must come down', in our case it
was a case of what goes down must go up - and the Indian failed. It's
not a bike to take off on a hill and in starting the motor, I noticed
that it was loose in the frame. We were looking at a fairly long push,
but as the motor was loose and down on power, plus not running
right, I decided to call it a day. Ring the recovery was next, but no
phone signal. So it was a case of walk to the top of the hill, where I
got a signal. On dialing the recovery I got a message "We're unable to
connect you at this time, please try later"
By now I had worked out that we were off route and basically on our own
with a knackered bike. As we were halfway up the hill Jean set off
walking, whilst I ran the bike back down the hill so as to get a run at
it from the bottom. A fast run in bottom gear got the bike to the top
and as I waited for Jean to climb the hill, I heard the engine of
another bike, also off route. The bike came around the corner and it
was Terry Nicholls who had stopped to give Jean a lift up the hill. We
continued with the engine not running well at all and sounding worse
all the time. By now I had decided that I'd had enough, so would look
for a main road back to Saundersfoot. I stopped to ask directions just
as Howard And Carol in the Lomax arrived, they had also taken the wrong
'Login' turning. After getting directions we set off for
the main A478 and Narberth. At one cross roads the engine
stopped and I couldn't restart it. A quick look at the controls and I
noticed that the right hand grip was in full retard, yet the
mag was showing full advance. After disconnecting the advance cable and
manually resetting the mag to full retard the bike started and
ran much better, but would be stuck permanently in full
retard, which was not good. We hopped on quickly and set off for
Narberth, with the engine wobbling about in the frame quite a bit by
now. We limped back into Saundersfoot on a hot motor, really having had
enough of the Pembrokeshire hills and vowing never to bring the Indian
again, as the route was just not suitable for the bike. Next
time it will be the Morini, so as to be able to enjoy the ride.
The event official dinner that evening was very good and was followed
by music from a combo that were quite good, I must say. We
seen much of Bruce and Di and they had not booked the event dinner,
instead doing their own thing most of the weekend.
- 21st September - short social run
The day dawned bright with not a cloud in the sky and I risked taking
the Indian down onto the harbour for the morning public display.
The social run set off at around 11.30 for a 35 mile run ending at the
Broadfield farm campsite where Terry and Rob were staying. The campsite
has a restaurant and Sunday lunches were available. Interestingly, the
2015 event will be the 60th Saundersfoot event and will be a week long
event based at the Broadfield campsite. I decided that
our bike was too sick to use so we returned to the hotel and loaded it
into the van. Then after hooking up the Lomax on it's A frame we headed