DWDAM ride out to Glastonbury by Jim Williams
Seven bikes met up at the top of town car park for a leisurely ride up to Glastonbury. The BMWs (R1200GS, K1600GT and R1200RT) were outnumbered by two Honda CB1000Fs, a Fireblade and Triumph Explorer. Neil brought a pillion as well as his dog , in a custom-made dog ‘Bagster’. He certainly seemed to be looking forward to the ride.
After the safety briefing, we set off in fine weather and headed up the A352 towards Sherborne. The road has been re-surfaced and was a pleasure to ride on it. We picked up the A359 at Marston Magna and headed up to Galhampton. We bimbled through Castle Cary and joined the A371 heading north. We stopped near the scene of a recent traffic accident involving a motorbike and a car. The rider was conscious and talking and an ambulance had been called.
At Whitstone corner we headed west towards Glastonbury and rode past the Festival site at Pilton which was still strewn with abandoned tents. As we headed into Glastonbury the sun was shining on the Tor. We parked up at the Leisure Centre and Dave Luke, who had been tail-end Charley, went straight off to visit his wife in hospital.
The remaining group enjoyed a well-earned bacon butty and a cold drink. We sat outside in the warm weather and relaxed for an hour. Enthusiastic talk of climbing the Tor seemed to wain with only Neil and his Pillion (Cheryl) actually setting off to do so.
With pressing demands of Sunday lunch, Wimbledon, Superbikes or F1, the group departed for home around 11.45. Martin Elridge led us back to Yeovil via some nice twisty sections on the B3151 to Ilchester. From Yeovil we headed back to Dorchester making good progress on the A37.
Thanks to Geoff Brazier for organising the ride out and all who joined today.
If you are familiar with Garmin Basecamp you can download our route from this link: