week - 22nd June to 29th June
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Thanks to Rob for the notes and photos.
Rob, Stuart and Lesley Robson travelled up
to Scarborough on the Friday. Also there were Gary and Linda , Bruce
and Di along with Willy and Mady from Antwerp.
The Saturday run of 66 miles saw Rob, on
the MAC, Stuart and Lesley on the Norton and Gary and Linda on the
Royal Enfield riding together. Bruce and Di joined up with Willy and
Mady. The weather was fine as the run took us north into some lovely
winding B roads, with some interesting bends, and away from the coast.
The first stop was at Falling Foss where we had tea in the grounds of
the old game keeper's cottage overlooking a lovely waterfall. From here
the route took us to the coast with lovely views of Whitby. We passed
on the east the town and up the steep road to the Abbey before turning
passing Robin Hood's Bay. The lunch stop was at the unfinished
Victorian village of Ravenscar. All the bikes were parked on the green
in front of the cafe and by the disused railway platform. The afternoon
route took us back inland to Seamer and the camp site.
Today was a short run of 50 miles
to the Dalby Forest so people could get back to the Arosa camp site for
a late Sunday lunch. We left at ten with a plan to continue on later to
Robin Hood's Bay and find a pub en route for our lunch. Once off the
main road the route took us on some quiet back lanes which were
virtually devoid of traffic. The run through Troutsdale was lovely and
the hairpin bend at the end afforded some lovely views of the dale.
main Pickering road we wound our way to the entrance to Dalby Forest.
The area was full of us motorcyclists and families enjoying their
Sunday. After the tea stop we followed the forest scenic road on to
Scalby. Taking the Scarborough to Whitby main road, we found a pub and
had our Sunday lunch. Unfortunately grey clouds appeared so we decided
to miss Robin Hood's Bay and return to camp ready for the quiz in the
Today's run was to the Yorkshire
Air Museum at Elvington, south east of York. The weather forecast was
giving rain with possible thunder. Stuart, Lesley, Gary and Linda
decided to give it a miss and went off to the vintage car museum and
auction at Thornton le Dale and on to Pickering for lunch. Rob joined
up with friends from Lincoln and Carmarthen, riding Velos and Triumphs.
The weather was a little overcast but dry as we headed south into the
rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. On the 50 mile run we passed
through lovely villages with red brick houses and churches made of York
stone. Staying to the back roads we covered over 20 miles and only saw
one farmers van going in our direction.
At the museum we had lunch in the NAAFI
and spent a few hours looking around. Luckily when it rained we were
able to look at the exhibits in side the hangers. There were many
planes on display from the early years of flying, through both world
wars and up to modern times.
Leaving the museum I was completely in the
hands of the riders in my group as I had changed my route over but had
only gone and put page one back in! We did get caught in some rain but
not enough to worry about. We got back by about 4.30 after a run of 95
miles and the had to give the bike a clean from the wet muck picked up
off the roads.
The weather didn't look good when
we got up in the morning. It was drizzling and we thought it would not
be pleasant heading over the moors to Rosedale and going up the 1 in 3
chimney road. So we decided to catch the mid morning bus to Scarborough
instead. Some intrepid riders including Bruce and Di and Willy and
Mady decided to brave the elements. Bruce did say later that the roads
were difficult, as the mist on the moors reduced visibility and their
speed was kept down below 30 mph. Also the misty rain made everything
wet. The rest of us reached Scarborough and decided to walk along the
around the headland on Marine Drive. It was misty, damp and quite
breezy. The weather did try to dry up a bit later. Bruce was the star
turn in the club house in the evening and he did a very good job of
keeping us amused with his jokes and singing along to his ukulele.
The run today was to the Railway
Museum at York and the weather was dry but overcast and a little
chilly. The route was a little circuitous and since we wanted to spend
a good time at the museum we decide to cut a little bit out. We did
follow the route towards Pickering and on the back road to Melton, but
once reaching the A64 we headed straight to York. As we now came in on
a different route, a little bit of dead reckoning was needed to get us
the museum. Everything was fine and we had a good few hours looking
around, including a demonstration of the turntable and a very
interesting talk on the Royal Carriages. As we were leaving I heard a
whistle and Galatea appeared in steam from the museum sidings. We
decided on the main road back to camp.
Today's ride was 50 miles southward
through the Yorkshire Wolds to lunch at Seaways Cafe, Fridaythorpe. The
weather was glorious and the sun was shining. The countryside is full
of rolling fields filled with various crops and villages with red brick
cottages. Many of the fields were filled with poppies, bright red
against the emerald green crops. The road wound it's way through old
villages with ponds, stone churches, gardens full of colourful flowers
and cottages with roses climbing over the porches. After lunch we
decided to miss out the afternoon route and head to the coast at Filey
for ice cream. The vanilla and lemon top was nice and Stuart had to
sample two. Bruce, Di, Willy and Mady also joined us later. From Filey
everyone headed back to camp but Rob headed for fuel at the
supermarket. When returning to Seamer he noticed people on the railway
bridge. The steam engine Galatea on an excursion from Scarborough was
due. It was an impressive sight to see it in full steam pulling a dozen
red coaches. Rob then had to load the bike up as he was off to the Velo
Rally at Burntwood on the weekend.