2nd March 2016
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The RealClassic Compass Challenge 2016
RealClassic riders have been clocking up cardinal points of the Compass. Here are the highlights of RogerK's recent outing: check the Compass Challenge Facebook page for more adventures. And keep 'em coming!...
I coaxed my 1954 98cc Excelsior Consort (which I wrote about back in RC121) into life this morning to do the Compass Challenge. My goal was to find villages with N, S, E and W, and on consulting my OS map of the local area I found the four required. They were within a quite short radius. I decided that, instead of taking a direct route on main roads, using country lanes would be more suitable for my low-power bike.
Started out to travel to the nearest point, East Tytherton, only a couple of miles from my home. That was easy! On riding through the village I passed the local peacock that was wandering in the middle of the road doing his usual stunt of slowing the traffic. On leaving the village of East Tytherton I then continued on my way through Kington Langley and crossed over the A350 and on to Kington St Michael, Yatton Keynell, Grittleton, to name just a few of the villages I passed through.
My next point of the compass was to be West Kington; you may notice some similarities in some of the names. On reaching my destination I took the necessary photo then decided to go back home (passing through Castle Combe village, home of the Castle Combe Racing Circuit) for some refreshment and also feed the cat.
After feeding the cat and myself, I thought I better top up the fuel in the Excelsior as there is no reserve tap on the bike or milometer. I then continued the Compass Challenge to my afternoon destination of North and South Wraxall. Interestingly there is no East or West Wraxall but there are an Upper and Lower Wraxall.
North Wraxall is quite close to West Kington so the afternoon run was retracing the morning one somewhat… but no matter, I was certainly enjoying the Challenge. North Wraxall was reached, photo taken and on to South Wraxall. Up, down and along narrow lanes to avoid the traffic – South Wraxall was reached. Photo taken and then on through the village to head for home through yet more narrow country lanes, a most enjoyable day!
JOIN THE CHALLENGE!
Everyone is welcome to take part in the Compass Challenge. Grab a motorcycle, find four places with North, South, East and West in their names, and go for a ride. Send us the photographic evidence of your four compass points by email or post your pics on the Compass Challenge Facebook page: www.facebook.com/The-RealClassic-Compass-Challenge-166746480042705/
At the end of the year, prizes are awarded for the best efforts – these can be on the oldest bike, or by the oldest person, the furthest travelled, the silliest place name, and so on. Final entries are due by 31st October 2016.
You can ride on your own, with a friend, or drag your whole club or branch along, as seen here. You choose your own four points of the compass, and point your wheels in your own direction. Just take a photo of your bike (ideally an old one) at your chosen N, S, E or W point. You don’t need to be located in the UK; entries are welcome from all around the world.
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