Richard’s Midweek Run Report 15 May 2109

10 Riders arrived at the garden centre and one trike owner, Malcolm, came to participate in his lovely 2CV trike. Colin arrived on his bike but couldn’t participate in the run as he had a medical appointment to attend later on but he invited us all to his house for lunch. Bacon butties on the house he announced! Dave had a bit of a problem with his front brake but after a bit of engineering it was declared functional. Tony took the charity collection after which Richard called the group to order with “start your engines”. Turning off the A6 at Guys Thatched Hamlet we had a leisurely ride across to Inskip, mainly because of the farming traffic involved in silaging. A brisker pace was enabled after Inskip as we passed through Elswick, Singleton and then over the Shard Bridge to head for Out Rawcliffe. At the Cartford bridge we turned left up towards Pilling and by good fortune the tractor and silage trailer we caught up with turned off as we approached Stake Pool. From here we turned towards Cockerham through Pilling and then half way across Pilling moss we turned right to visit Farm Yard Ales on Gulf Lane. This is a new micro brewery with its own bar overlooking the process area and has a remarkable range of ales brewed on the premises. After sampling some of these refreshments we fired the bikes up and headed for Cockerham and Bay Horse to arrive at Colin’s place in Dolphinholme for our lunch break.

As promised Colin and Joan had arranged bacon butties for everyone, teas coffees and some delicious cakes as well. It was a lovely afternoon sitting outside the house looking out over the fields to the Bowland fells and we were made very comfortable and most welcome. Thanks Joan and Colin.

We set off again down to the village and took a left turn towards Abbeystead. The road to Abbeystead was beautiful with the tall banks alongside the road completely blue with bluebells. Up the steep climb out of Abbeystead we joined the Trough road, turning right through Marshaw and the Trough down to Dunsop Bridge where we stopped for more chat and ice creams.

It was remarked that many people had traversed the Trough of Bowland before but never in a clockwise direction. This raised some discussion about going in an anticlockwise direction you are always turning left on the roads you join, a safer option than turning right. Interesting point of view.

Out of Dunsop Bridge we headed for Whitewell but just before the bridge over the Hodder we branched right to take the road past the wild boar park down to Chipping. About a mile out of Chipping the group lost a few riders, and the trike, and after a few minutes the news arrived that the Moto Guzzi engine in the trike had blown a cylinder head gasket but was able to be driven so it would travel the shortest way back to Thornton that it could find with Richard K standing by to lend a hand if needed. (news flash: it arrived home safe and sound and is now in the hands of the engine surgeon)

Continuing on we rode through Inglewhite and down to Bilsborrow where we turned into the Myerscough Garden Centre to end the day with a drink at the Cafe.

I doubt if there will be a better weather riding day to be had than this day, I really enjoyed leading it. Thanks go to all who turned up to enjoy it.

Richard