A Ride through Dartmoor to Haldon Forest for a ride on Segways

By Paul Roberts             

This was certainly one of the best DWDAM rides I have joined with the weather at it’s most glorious and eleven bikes plus one pillion.

A busy route from Bridport (where I joined the group) to Raymond’s Hill, then a left fork took us along a road know only to some to join the quieter and more enjoyable A3052 where good progress was made.    We had a short break at Clyst St Mary then a blast south on the M5 and A30.  Off at Yarn Barton and left on the B3212 to Moretonhampstead.  A real bikers road that twists and turns and .... with a good surface !  Just one mobile  chicane in the form of a huge hay wagon to negotiate.

With time pressing we headed down to  Bovey Tracey then doubled back with a final blast on the A38 to Haldon Forest, which was heaving with trippers.

Time for those not booked onto a Segway to eat then return to watch the rest of us struggling with this alternative two wheel transport system.  The training session was designed to keep us safe before our ride. In varying degrees we found the Segway a leetle tricky to master.  We are bikers, after all and it was quite alien to lean forwards in order to speed up and lean back to brake.  Worse for some, was the steering by moving arms left and right  instead of banking over.  However,  our cheerful instructors were patient, soon we were on our way round the forest trails, busy with cyclists, pedestrians and dogs.  Lean forward, lean back, watch for tree stumps, don’t bump gateposts (yeah, I did) and all too soon hand back the beasts to the next class.

A drink, a bite to eat, then fast ride home via M5 , A30 and A35, all speed limits duly noted, (I couldn’t possibly comment !)   Many thanks to Jeremy who was press ganged into leading the ride at a late stage, for a well organised day out, to the Gods for a pleasant day and to Debbie, who organised it and whose idea it was in the first place.


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