BUZZING TO BICKLEIGH

RUN REPORT JUNE 2011

Written by Roy Best

A new route this year brought Buzzing to Bickleigh up to 30miles adding another 3 miles to the previous year, not many miles extra but proved to be a success with the outward ride now being twenty miles.

Was not sure how many were going to make the ride as other larger events are held this time of the year and everyone have many commitments, I wont mention that someone had the wrong date written down (had to do it Steve). Mike on his Honda, James with the Mobylette, Ian on the seemingly quick VeloSolex, John G on his Raleigh and I took the PowerPak. Margaret looked a bit green in the face when she arrived, I think John G was in the dog house as the fuel tap had been left on for the ride from Torquay. Des & Irene came along with their vehicle as back up with Ian's wife Sue adding to our backup team carrying Theresa as photographer and the slowly recovering Margaret, thankyou to Barry for offering to come if needed for backup duties.

The ride was pretty uneventful with some fairly good weather, just a very enjoyable ride around the lanes and up the Exe Valley to Bickleigh. Stopping at the Railway Centre It took two people to lift me off the PowerPak as I am in serious need of a new hip in July, getting on and off the bike in the last few runs have proved pretty difficult at times. Greeting us on our arrival was a local member and his wife from Tiverton, they had been in touch previously asking for times but we managed to be and hour late. Some had a meal at the Bickleigh Mill and a picnic was set up on the remains of the old train line to Exeter, possible try to build on the picnic area next year it the weather looks good.

The return journey to Pinhoe was again uneventful until I stopped on a short steep hill on a junction (Ian had a new plan), this meant I couldn't get off the bike or pedal up the hill. Riders had long gone by now and with Des & Irene keeping an eye on me, I managed to crawl off the bike and walk up the hill to restart to catch up to regroup at Silverton. Once again we were just having a very enjoyable ride around the lanes, arriving home to Pinhoe with no breakdowns for afternoon teas. Many comments had been given for the ride and many thanks to everyone who managed to make the days ride, especially Mike from Dorset.

Thanks go to Des & Irene, Sue, Theresa and Margaret for our back team and the ladies for sorting the afternoon teas.

Is it going to start after leaving the fuel on in van
Look right, loog left & look right again
Devon lanes
More Devon lanes
Even more Devon lanes
Still more Devon lanes!
PowerPak has doner well again
They're laughing at my horn
Mike, Ian, Roy & James
Bickleigh - James & Roy
high teas
Margaret and Sue
The Devon Autocyclists