30th June 2014
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The 216 Longest Day Ride, 2014
Every year, a group of agreeable riders celebrate the longest day on June 21st or thereabout by exploring the byways of Cornwall (and even Devon on occasion). RichardH reports a bumper turn-out this time around...
Unusually for the 21st of June it was a banging hot day which, combined with it being a Saturday, meant we had a record turnout at the start of the ride. This included lots of familiar 216 faces and some welcome new ones, including Paul from Silverstone who had brought his 1969 Cheney Triumph TR6 down in the van on a family holiday.
Meanwhile, Pete from Veryan was awarded the virtual Most Local Local trophy on his A10, and RoyP picked up the virtual Furthest Ridden trophy for piloting his Deauville from Cheltenham. Monty turned up at lunchtime on a 2014 Norton to collect admiring ogles and the Newest Bike prize while Anita picked up an entirely imaginary gold medal for being the only pillion passenger. The award for the Bike Ostensibly Least Suited To The Terrain went to DaveC for turning up on a Ducati Darmah and for showing us how to do it properly…
The team at the Pasty Cafy where we assembled fed and watered us in style and we set off at exactly 11 o'clock or thereabouts. As we crossed the Lappa Valley Railway the steam train gave us a jolly toot-toot, then we rolled through Newlyn East and off toward Trerice, through Quint and along to St Columb Major via a hump back bridge and some more very cute back lanes.
Thence up the Atlantic Highway almost to Wadebridge for a fuel stop. At this point I discovered that we were down to a dozen riders (as several had peeled off on their own schedules and in search of ice cream), and everyone told me not to worry.
So we returned to back lanes and byways through Polmorla and Hustyn (28% hill, great fun) Nanstallon to the lunch stop at Lanhydrock.
Luncheon having been taken we rode over the Fowey at Respryn, then New Bridge by Cabilla Wood, up to Mount, across the old bridge on the Bedalder at Panters then some very grass grown byways to Treverbyn Bridge. A glance at the clock determined that we should take a fairly direct route from now on and after a brief discussion Brian led the way on his Sportster.
We arrived at Kit Hill at the appointed hour of 3pm to catch up with assorted others - some who'd ridden part way or just turned up at the end.
Perfect day: glad I spent it with you…
There's more photos and info about the 216, including a report on the Shortest Day Ride from the other side of the world, and heaps of other motorcycling articles, at the Bridge Club blog: thebridgeclubfive.blogspot.co.uk
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