I’m not much of a writer, so you’ll have to bear with me on this. These are my first scribbling since being handed the baton of Area Rep for North Wales and Shropshire…..a post that has been held by Mog for quite a ling time! A big ‘thank you’ to the Mogster for keeping the region running and I have to say I’m mighty glad he’s still lurking in the background to help out with bits and pieces.
First outing this year was the Vintage show at the Three Counties show ground in Malvern, which seems an age ago. Greg, Ruth Al and I all tootled off down the A49 on what turned out to be a gloriously sunny day. Having gone the back roads down, the show ground proved rather illusive until we’d stopped to ask one or five pedestrians on the way through town….only to find ourselves at a dog show….that’d be the wrong entrance then! I wonder why they gave the dog show folks in their 4x4s the lovely smooth tarmac entrance, and those of us on two wheels had to navigate a gravel quarry…..mmmmm??? But at least they had an ice cream van!!
Our main outing this year has been to Talgarth where we took over the far corner with Chez Tester….well I suppose with all the bullying it’s Chez ‘Inspector’ Gadget now !
It was a good ride down with myself as ‘road captain’…not sure how that happened?!? Especially as my bike was handling like a whale. But off I went, happily keeping it between 55 and 60 on the roads down to Hereford and across. Only to discover, when we arrived at the camp site, that Ian and his trailer aren’t supposed to go over 50. Ooops!
Well, tents up, gazebo up….saddlebags and trailer now empty. So off to the local Tesco to stock up the bar with a few tipples to keep us going. Greg and Ruth lead the way and off we went towards Brecon….through Brecon….around Brecon….back through Brecon. No fear….deliberate mystery tour…..we’re on the right track…and we arrive at Morrisons! Closed. In fairness, we do think it used to be Tescos. It’s possible that riding there in t-shirts wasn’t the best of ideas. We were roasting when we left the campsite, but on the return journey the drops started to fall….humph!
Back at the site out came the pear cider, larger, cointreau, some pink strawberry flavoured stuff (well…you’ve got to try these things!) and ice. Arrr, bliss. I think it’s fair to say that the gazebo got it’s fair share of use over the weekend making a rather good bar area. It’s a shame that Al managed to give up using his tripod stool only to break my chair. Friday night is a bit of a blur but I do remember getting to the rugby club and I’ve vague flashbacks getting to the town hall. Must have been a good night!
Saturday……don’t think we moved from our ‘bar area’. I seem to recall a few peeps starting breakfast with the afore mentioned pear cider. A nice chilled day nattering with folk, whilst sneezing and coughing, and generally distributing germs and viruses a plenty. Sorry all! Still got Gregs posh cotton hanky….not sure how chuffed he was when I fully discharged my nose into it! It will be returned fully disinfected… before the end of the year hopefully…I know, the memory is shocking!
Unfortunately, while the rest of the Region made it into town Saturday night, the afternoon aperitifs and the stonking grub served by Gaynor and Ian pretty much sapped what little energy I had left… so an early night. Bugger! Had a lovely weekend with everyone and even the weather, for the most part, was good.
At the end of May some braver ones in the region ventured up the Caledonian Rally in Stirling and despite it being a particularly blustery weekend on the weather front had a great time.
For something a bit different we had a night out in Oswestry for June’s meeting. Meeting up at the Fox for a few ales, we found there was some band ‘jamming’ which was interesting – they then decided to go onto the stage out the back and do an impromptu session. Off we went to our little lock up to celebrate one of our local Harley friends birthday and at the same time raise some money for a cancer charity. His family had even organized a raffle and I got a very nice bottle of Rose, whilst Al and Greg seemed to take an unlikely interest in the ‘Sex and the City’ perfume set! Due to being absolutely knackered, I disappeared at a respectable 12.30…but I think Al, Greg, Mog, Cheryn Marcus and Linda rolled in about 3am and had a few nightcaps. However, whilst Al had, the previous evening, been adamant about being an early riser the next morning, his face was rather absent from the bacon buttie queue. Now what was it that Greg called him?
Well, the coming weeks see’s a few more events to attend, which as always, will be gone by the timeyou read this. Mog has organized a memorial ride for regional member Alan who passed away last year. Then the following weekend is the Lakes Rally which we are all looking forward to… and praying for the sun. I seem to recall it was a bit on the damp side last year. Come to think of it, it may have been a bit windy too, because I’m pretty sure that more than one gazebo went astray.
Happy days! Ride safe Ruth – North Wales & Shropshire Rep
Region 29 of the H-DRCGB covers North Wales and Shropshire with Telford, Oswestry, Welshpool and Mold having the main concentrations of riders. The Region currently has about 80 full members mainly riding twin cam engined big twins with a few sportsters, a couple of evo engined big twins and a couple of Street 750s.
The Region has four monthly meets which are very informal meets at local pubs.
The first Tuesday is the Welsh Coast meet which is currently looking for a new venue.
The first Thursday is the Shropshire meet at the Wingfield Arms, Montford Bridge, from about 7pm.
The third Tuesday is the Mid Wales meet at the Horse Shoe Inn, Arddleen, from 7pm
The third Sunday of each month is at the Swan Inn, Gwernymynydd, near Mold from about 6.30pm.
There is a regular Friday afternoon meet at the White House Hotel, Muxton, Telford from about 3.30pm
Members attend a number of local, UK and International Rallies hosted by Federation Clubs and other clubs. The season usually starts with Talgarth in April through to the Poker Run in September. While many camp, some rallies have local B&B facilities that are used occasionally.
Weekend rides and trips are common, usually organised at short notice and occasional weather dependent, via Facebook and the H-DRCGB Forum.