Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Just spent the weekend on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park....and shock horror - NO FISH AND CHIPS! Shortage of images, I'm afraid, as I left my camera behind.

A 380 mile ride on Friday from home to Llangadog via Little Chalfont in temperatures between 18 Celsius and 33 Celsius meant late arrival, intense thirst, no time to cook - and indeed , no food to cook as we were lightweight camping and relying on eating out.

No problem as there was always The Black Lion in Llgangadog. Arrived at 10 pm to find the only pub in town did not serve food. We ended up with a new taste sensation: a bag of plain crisps and two pickled eggs...and a pint of the local bitter. 

Seriously, if you are ever really really hungry and need something desperately to stop you eating your own arm...you'd be hard put to find anything worse!

The following day Saturday we took local advice and breakfasted at Miss Mollie's on the A40 at LLangdog. Used to be a Little Chef and shows what Little Chef could have been if only they'd tried. Thoroughly recommended..good choice, freshly cooked, well presented, decently priced... the complete antithesis of Little Chef.

Fed up , as it were, off to Aberystwyth ..to the bottom of the funicular railway on the sea front. We were followed through the town by two bikes who it later transpired followed us because we really looked as though we knew where we we going. Of course, we did know. It's just that we were not going to the bike show that they were looking for!

Then a pleasant if busy ride over to Aberaeron for ice cream etc. then a quiet cross country ride down the quiet and enjoyable A482 back to the camp site  Rest of afternoon was spent reducing the nation's stock of beer and cider and soaking up the rays.

Sunday morning dawned cold and grey. Was that it? Summer been and gone? In reality, conditions were ideal for a quiet  and progressive ride down the A40 to Monmouth. Great riding road, no traffic on Sunday morning...you should try it!

Sunday, 14 July 2013


Recently, I've been putting a lot of effort into preparing for my IAM test so was off elsewhere and I missed the lads' Wednesday ride out..... Seems it was't such a successful rideout...certainly not for Geoff.

Getting off his bike at Archer's Fish 'n'n Chip shop in Woodhall Spa, his bike toppled over..and Geoff with it..and he was stationary at the time. Result? A bike with a few scratches, Geoff with a badly-broken lower right leg, and no one had any fish 'n'chips!

His bike was lifted off him and in obvious and severe pain, Geoff's right boot was swiftly removed by the lads before his ankle had time to swell up inside. The ambulance arrived in double-quick time, followed by the police and Geoff was whizzed of to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

His right leg has now been screwed, pinned, plated and fettled up generally and he is back home. He's not allowed to put any weight on his leg for six weeks, though.

Thanks must go to the staff and owner of Archers for their prompt response and help in dealing with the situation. If you are ever in Woodhall Spa, try Archers for yoursellves. They are at 29 Witham Rd, Woodhall Spa LN10 6RW

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


..as one of our people is no longer allowed to eat them!! So stay tuned for gluten-free news!

Also, tonight is Barton Bike Night but I won't be there this year, though I WILL be at Boston Bike Night from 6 pm Thursday July 4th. Just make sure you visit the Wolds Bikers stand.

On Friday 12th July, 6 pm till late it's the Wolds Bikers Charity Night at the Coach and Horses Billinghay - raising money for LIVES and the Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance.

This is the Wolds Bikes major charity fund raising event of the year and I encourage you to come along with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. There are trade stands, classic bikes, BBQ, and Live Music by Gin House.

Oh, forgot to mention, you can also join Wolds Bikers on the spot..just £10 a year.