Our Motorcycle Tour of South Wales August 2013

From the 9th to 12th August 2013 we were on our motorcycle tour of South Wales.  Including us, we had a total of 20 motorbikes and 27 people in the group – not only a great variety of bikes to admire but a fab crowd too, mix that with the weather and roads and it all made for a perfect few days.

On the Friday, we all met up at Whitchurch, Shropshire before getting snarled up somewhat in road works on the way to Oswestry – although the new tarmac surface being laid will make this an even better stretch for motorcycling on 🙂  Cream Tea anyone?We headed into Mid Wales and for some there was the chance of a  cream tea at the Red Kite Kiosk by Llyn Clywedog with the stunning views of the reservoir itself close by.  From there we headed down the A470 where we encountered very little traffic on flowing stretches of road before cutting across country into South Wales and our destination for the following 3 nights at Carmarthen.

Saturday’s ride-out took us north towards Y Talbot at Tregaron who were our hosts for coffee and homemade cookies (highly recommended to set any motorcyclist up for the next stretch of riding!!!).  We continued onto Aberaeron for lunch a 40 mile ride with 90% of it being on twisty A and B roads with virtually no traffic (the coast road got a bit busy but only to be expected at this time of year!).  The conditions were near perfect as we approached Aberaeron with the sea like a millpond, hardly a cloud in the sky and temps in the mid 20’s, certainly gave us a good excuse for an icecream on the sea front 🙂

Our next stop was to the smallest city in Britain – that of St. David’s.  We were able to park at Oriel Y Parc , well worth a visit more tea anyone...and yet another cream tea was to be had!!  We spent quite a bit of time here giving people a chance to visit the shops and cafes and also more importantly the cathedral which is set in a lovely location.  From here it was a short ride back to the hotel.

For Sunday’s ride-out we firstly went to the Museum of Speed at Pendine Sands, a fascinating little museum Babswhich is now home to “Babs” – the car which was used in a land speed attempt in 1927 and remained buried in the sand for over 40 years before being restored over 15 years from 1969.  Across the sea we could spy our next destination of Worms Head on the Gower Peninsula from Pendine Sands, but it was a 60 mile route with a great mix of roads to get there from motorway to tiny country roads on the Gower and some even resembling roller coasters as we rode up hill and down valley.

The sun certainly had its hat on when we arrived at Rhosilli Bay where we spent the next couple of hours taking in the scenery – set us all up well for the next part of our ride over The Black Mountain.  Going on the number of bikes coming towards us, it was clear from the off that this is a motorcyclists road and it did not disappoint!  Maybe a bit “nadgery” to The Black Mountainget there through some of the small welsh villages, but as soon as you come across the open moorland you can just see this ribbon of tarmac winding it’s way over the mountain – grippy surface, great views and some cracking twists and turns to test the bikes on…..  We had a group photo at the top kindly taken for us by Nik who rode up to us on his 125 Varadero on his way to camp for the evening in the Elan Valley – we hope he had as good a weekend riding through Wales as we did.

Monday we had some of the best motorcycling roads Wales has to offer to keep us entertained!  We rode the A40 to Llandovery and Sennybridge and despite it being the summer and a Monday, we hardly saw another vehicle?!  We continued over the Brecon Beacons with only a few sheep to pass along the way, then up the A470 to Builth Wells onto lunch at Crossgates.  Our ride then took us towards the Shropshire Hills and our departure point at Oswestry.  180 miles of perfect riding roads, a great way to end a fab tour.

Thanks go to all who joined us and we look forward to riding with you all again.

 

Motorcycle Ride-Out 4th August 2013

Yesterday was our fourth motorcycle ride-out of the year and we had an excellent turnout of 35 bikes and with pillions 39 people.  Our route for the day was to ride through part of North Wales over the Denbigh Moors and the Berwyn Mountains with a couple of coffee stops on route and lunch in Bala.

Our meeting point was at the Lets Eat Cafe, Warrington and thanks again to them for making us a morning brew!  Whilst there we met Razvan from RDPhotography who was at the cafe for a quiet breakfast when he came across us lot…. he was kind enough to take someStart of the ride out great pics of the group as we departed for our ride-out and you can see the link on our facebook page and on his site.

We were joined today by some regulars, some old friends and also some new to us and thanks to everyone from coming.  With 35 motorbikes you can imagine we had all makes and models from Kathryn on her 250cc to Chris on his Harley cruiser.  Some had ridden a fair distance to join us – Keith came over from Harrogate and Bill and Janet from Preston.   Castle Park CafeAt our first coffee stop in Ruthin Phil, Gail and Martin joined us from the North Wales area and we had a great welcome from everyone at the Castle Park cafe – several other motorcyclists there and a great place for a brew and a bacon sarnie 🙂

They say it’s a small world, and when Andy spotted Phil’s yellow coloured BMW GS at the cafe he realised it was his old bike!  Andy had been on a tour we led about 3 years ago to Italy and had been on that yellow GS then!  crazy how things that like happen isn’t it?

We rode over the Denbigh Moors and into Bala for lunch, for the majority of the 50 miles on that leg we seemed to skirt the rain, but it came in whilst we were having a bite to eat and we found ourselves delaying the afternoon leg for about 10 mins whilst it cleared through.  Bit on the small side.....It did, however, give us something to smile about when Salty went to don his waterproofs only to find out that he’d packed his daughter’s by mistake……. 🙂  Made for an interesting few miles of riding for him from Bala to the next coffee stop!

Riding over the Berwyns was fantastic, they’ve recently resurfaced the road which makes what always was a fab motorcycling road even better.

Our pm coffee was in Whittington and it had brightened up for drinks alfresco and our last 30 miles ride took us through the Shropshire and Welsh Borders upto the Sandstone pub where we had stopped a few weeks ago – thanks again to JJ and the team for a great welcome.

We’ve a break now of two months before our next ride-out due to having five motorcycle tours coming up, the next date will be 13th October – details on the Ride-Outs page.