week - 25th June to 2nd July
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Thanks to Rob for the notes and photos.
Section was well represented at Arosa Caravan Park,
Seamer, near Scarborough with Rob, Bruce and Diane and Stuart and
Lesley. Also there were our friends, Willy and Maddie, from Antwerp.
trailered up via Derbyshire having taken part in The Peak Tour with the
Velo Club. So being in the vicinity on the Thursday and Friday, prior
to the start of the week, Rob visited Scarborough and the
National Railway Museum at York.
first day - Saturday
Saturday run was a short 50 miles through Dalby Forest
and back. Rob lead on the Velo and Stuart and Lesley followed on their
Norton Dominator. The ride along the single track road through
Troutsdale was very pretty. Coming down hill into Snaiton the Velo was
handling oddly. Rob put it down to the newly laid gravel on the road
but it was soon realised that the back tyre was down. After pumping it
up it was found that it deflated after a few miles. Using
Stuart's puncture repair foam the leak was spotted at the valve. Rob
and the Velo waited for Recovery and Stuart and Lesley continued on the
run. Other than some rain the run went well with everyone stopping for
lunch in the Forest Cafe. Stuart and Lesley enjoyed the scenery and
Bruce and Diane on the Honda took the quick route back. Rob had a new
inner tube fitted at Malton and caught up with everyone at the
evening's hog roast.
two - Sunday
Sunday's run was a 80 mile spin
around to Pickering. Rob, Stuart and Lesley rode together,
while Bruce and Diane set off a little later, as they were making
arrangements to meet up with a local Monopole owner. Bruce
needed to take some measurements and photographs. The weather was good
as we headed south from the camp and made the climb up onto the edge of
the Yorkshire Wolds. We headed through the pretty village of
Weaverthorpe looking for the sign to Winteringham at 16.6 miles. By now
we had attracted a small convoy. Unfortunately at 16.6 miles the
signpost pointed to a different village and our followers had
disappeared. Did they know something we didn't? On back
tracking we spotted the sign we wanted. In Rob's defence it was
obscured and at the wrong mileage. We continued on with no other
mishaps and we were caught up by Bruce and Di before we reached
Pickering. After parking we headed to the station just in time for the
arrival of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway train. After a picnic and
cup of tea we walked through the town before heading back to the bikes.
Most people had left so the Velo and Norton were fired up and we headed
out through the Vale of Pickering to Malton. At one point we
were on a ridgeway near Risborough which gave us some excellent views.
Through Malton we headed east before swinging north via Brompton and
back to the campsite all in good weather.
three - Monday
Monday's route was 120 miles to Breighton Aero Museum which
is located south east of York. Stuart and Lesley decided to give it a
miss and took the bus to discover and enjoy Scarborough. Bruce and
Diane had already left by the time Rob set off.
The run headed south east and the road wound its way over
the Wolds passing through some pretty villages with their old churches.
The Airfield is an ex WWII heavy bomber base which was also used during
the Cold War and is now home to some classic aircraft dating back to
the 1930s. We parked up and after a snack and some tea had a tour of
the hangers. After the visit Bruce and Diane on the Honda headed to
Filey while Rob continued on the route. The road, between
Fangfoss and Leavening, was empty of traffic and with some sweeping
bends was conducive to some serious bend swinging on the MAC. Catching
up with others we all stopped at Thixendale for a chat over ice cream.
Leaving Thixendale Rob rode in company with Derek on a Velo and Bob on
a BSA along some of the roads covered previously and back to the
four - Tuesday
Tuesday's run was to Whitby with parking provided on the
West Pier. Stuart, Lesley and Rob left a little earlier as Rob needed
some fuel. The route went up Forge Valley and on to the higher
ground of the Dales. As we headed north we caught glimpses of the sea
and at Fylingthorpe we viewed Robin Hood Bay. Swinging inland and
climbing, higher Whitby and it's ruined Abbey came into view on the
horizon. We arrived at the pier by noon and parked up with almost 100
other bikes. After a fish and chip lunch at the Quarterdeck by the
pier, with Bruce and Diane and others, we crossed the River Esk by the
swing bridge and strolled the narrow lanes window shopping.
The afternoon run took us out of town, past Captain Cook's
statue and the whalebone arch, and north along the coast to Staithes.
Here we turned inland and the road climbed into the moors. We had been
warned of heavy rain coming in by 3 and the sky was soon beginning to
get darker. The 16 miles from Egton Bridge to Pickering were lonely
with only the Velo and Norton on the road and an ominous sky. The road
was damp and as we crossed the North Yorkshire Moors Railway near
Pickering the heavens opened. It was too wet to stop for our planned
cuppa so we wound the throttles open and pressed on. Looking to the
left we could see the big black cloud that had just given us a soaking.
Bruce and Diane had decided to go down and visit Robin Hood's Bay and
it was here that they were also caught in the heavy rain. Some 10 miles
camp Stuart's Norton began missing and then stopped. With no spark on
the left pot, damp in the mag was diagnosed. We were soon back on track
and arrived home safe and sound and soaking wet. Stuart looked at the
later and found that the points had also begun to close up. As the rain
was of Biblical proportions we decided to leave it alone until the
next morning as it promised fine weather.
five - Wednesday
Wednesday 's run was to be over the
moors to Rosedale and up the chimney hill. The weather was set for
heavy rain from 11 o'clock so we decided not to go. Bruce and Diane
went and experienced heavy rain which resulted in a soaking and a Honda
which refused to start. Bruce did say that coming out of the lunchtime
pub they found themselves riding inside a cloud. We went to Scarborough
and had a look around the castle instead. It was wet and windy there
here's some pics taken in the campsite this morning.
six - Thursday
Thursday's ride was south into the
Yorkshire Wolds. Bruce and Diane decided to visit Heartbeat Country as
they were leaving on Friday and would miss that run. Stuart had
re-adjusted his points after Wednesday, so we set off and followed the
route out through the rolling countryside. The weather was dry and the
sun was shining on the patchwork of green and gold fields. Many
cultivated fields had patches of bright red poppies growing along their
edges. The route took us through small villages like Thwing and Skerne
with their red brick houses, some painted white, and red tiled roofs.
Lunch was at the Seaways Cafe in Fridaythorpe. After lunch it
was noticed that the front tyre on the Velo was down and the valve had
moved. Fearing a repeat of Saturday we deflated the tyre and moved the
inner tube. Pumped up to 30 psi we decide to head back the short way
via Malton and rhe A64. The tyre was still up when we returned and the
Velo was loaded up onto the trailer. Stuart's Norton had performed
Pics from the cafe.