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Run Report: Chris and Trevor’s Run 31st August 2019

The day started out dry and mild and 6 riders turned up at Brock for the run. We set off at 10:00 for Slyne Lodge in decidedly unstable weather. Just after passing through Scotforth the rain came down and a real downpour it became as we queued through Lancaster. When we arrived at Slyne Lodge we saw 2 bikes in the car park but no riders but as we dismounted, Chris and Trevor appeared from the shelter of a bus stop across the road. They were a little surprised to see us arrive because of the rain so Chris invited us back to his shed for a cuppa and to see his bikes, hoping the rain would stop while we were there.

It was a bit of a revelation when we saw the tidy interior of his shed. We were gobsmacked, everything labelled and tidily laid out with some lovely project bikes parked up amongst some frames and engines for yet more projects! We all though it put our workshops to shame, so well done Chris.

After a natter and a cuppa the rain passed and there were patches of blue visible so we set off following Trevor through the lanes to Nether Kellet and Over Kellet then through quiet lanes to Borwick, Priest Hutton and Dalton then hen on to Whittington to get to Kirkby Lonsdale.

We stopped here for a break and entertained a few modern bikers with information on our steeds. The plan for sunny weather had been to carry on to Sedbergh but as the sky was sunny towards the coast and very dark towards Sedbergh the decision was taken to head for Arnside and continue our run in the Silverdale area. We set off up theA65 and turned off to Crooklands then turned west to Milnthorpe, crossed the A6 and headed down to Sandside. Here at the Ship Inn the traffic came to a standstill. A big tide of 10.7 metres was coming in and with a strong Westerly wind had flooded the road making progress to Arnside impossible for at least one and a half hours. After a break in the Ship car park it was decided to go back and visit Morecambe where their Vintage Festival was taking place. Back to Milnthorpe we went and took the country roads to Holme, Burton in Kendal, over Kellet and Nether Kellet to join the A6 at Bolton-le-Sands and the coastal road into Morecambe.

It was very busy as we approached the town centre and the area around the Midland Hotel was the vintage vehicle display area. Trevor somehow blagged his way into the display area for us and we parked up opposite the Midland Hotel .on the road outside the main display area. Within the display area there was an AJS and it’s owner was our fellow member, Richard Crook. You meet the strangest people on our runs!

After spending a while looking round all the exhibits we retired to the bar in the old railway station for a drink and to admire the people passing by in 1940’s and 50’s clothes. Everyone seemed to be having a very good time and getting involved in the event. Eventually the time came to leave and we all donned our gear and started our bikes, except Tony who had packed his gloves away and had to unpack and repack in front of the assembled crowds! As we all rode away the onlookers waved and cheered and we duly waved back. What a memorable departure!

From Morecambe we rode out through Hest Bank and cross country to Halton, crossing the Lune via Halton Bridge and then on to Caton where we bid farewell to Chris, Trevor and John. Then on to Quernmore, Bay Horse and down to Scorton where we stopped at Stouts Bar for a final refreshment break. It was lovely sitting out in the sun discussing the ride, over tea and cakes. Everyone thought the day had been very pleasant and enjoyable despite the slight wet interval.

Thanks to Chris and Trevor for organising the day and to Chris for the shed visit and tea!

Richard