April Fools Run
Sunday 3rd April 2016
Mo and I arrived at Banwell just before Ivor and Sylvia to find the gate
closed but unlocked closely followed by Bob and Sue in their car! Mark Lewis
was next closely followed by Bandit and Mike with Pat completing the Weston
lads. Pat and Sue brought in the Bristol lads and lasses consisting of Gary
and Alison plus Hoppy with Bob including Phil from Gloucester area. Linda
just beat the Dorset crew in with Steve, Kev, Cat and Bob and Jacquie on her
newly acquired trike. Dave arrived and ordered his usual large breakfast and
Kate came in later. Martyn and Lee also arrived. Then Becks and Dawn arrived
having travelled from The Gloucester area as well. Most enjoyed a breakfast
as cooked freshly by the congenial staff at the café. Clive and Sue also
arrived as did Frank and Annette. We got us a ride out
10.45 prompt and stands up from Banwell with Mo having great difficulty
getting her leg over! We were ready to get to Shepton and meet Mark and
Sandra having brought in the Wiltshire lads and lasses including Blackie on
his trike spot on time. Also there was Bill Emery, newly married Dave with
passenger Emily, Neil, Mervyn, Brian, Bill, Dave H, Archie and Sue with
Roman and Posti making up the welcoming crew.
11.30 and off we go travelling to Podimore services on the A303. Matt was
there as a new member. Blackie went off to the Fleet Air Arm Museum to check
we were expected as planned. No problem, we parked in neat rows in the coach
park which is unused at weekends! We had a total of thirty three bikes
neatly lined up.
quick photo shoot by the bikes and Blackie gave us a quick chat offering his
resignation at the next AGM. There is much more to this but you have to have
been there to understand and read our Clatter magazine! More pictures on the
steps and the café seemed to be the most popular first stop.
We had been granted a group discount and many enjoyed a visit around the
museum with Concord being a popular exhibit to view. We enjoyed the aircraft
carrier experience with a fake helicopter ride on to the landing deck. There
we witnessed a plane coming in to land on the superb big screen video. Back
to the café for more coffee to find some had already just left and we
mounted up and rode back to Weston via Somerton and the M5.
A most enjoyable day in good company and we arrived home just before the
rain. Hopefully all who came enjoyed the day and have been mentioned above
with thanks to Linda for a better memory than me! If you were not there you
missed out on a great start to the season. Special thanks to Ivor for
organizing the venue with such a good price deal.