Twelve bikes with 2 pillion were at the start of the Sunday Ride out to Cheddar Gorge. It was very warm! Before the off, Graham Pinney arrived with two Test Pass certifcates which were presented by Brian Purnell to Wes Fry (Left) and Leon Jennings (Right).
After the usual Safety Brief and talk through the Drop Off system the group left, heading north through Grimstone, then West along the A356 toward Crewkerne.
After a short bypass to avoid Crewkerne town centre, the ride headed along the A356 towards Martock then along the B3165 towards Somerton, which provided some challenging corners. Another detour to avoid Somerton then continued North along the B3151 towards Street and Glastonbury. At Glastonbury we joined the A39 towards Wells for our first stop for coffee and cake at Brownes Garden Center Coffee Shop.
After the obligatory coffe and cake stop, which took some time, riders got ready to set off towards Cheddar Gorge in the heat.
The ride to Cheddar along the A371 was torrid - hot and slow traffic. Should've known better. We got stuck behind a slow moving camper van up through the very busy Cheddar Gorge, which gave us the time to admire the stunning scenery. Once out of the gorge, all took the opportunity to pass the campervan and get the 60mph air conditioning on! The route changed on the fly as the road to Blagdon had been closed by the police to due to an accident.
Back on track, we headed south along the A39, then across to the A37 before heading down to Shepton Mallet and then heading South-East along A371 and then the B3081 to stop at the Bell In, Evercreech for lunch.
We sat in the garden for another long wait; however, when lunch arrived it arrived was delicious. Satiated, we set off for the final leg home continuing along the B3081 through Bruton towards Wincanton before detouring around the town and heading south along A357 and joining the B3145 for a progressive and enjoyable ride down to Sherboune.
Once through Sherborne, riders started to head home, and by time we made our way down the A352 through Middlemarsh and Cerne Abbas, there were just three riders remaining at the Top of Town car park.
In summary, a long 115 mile ride, in hot conditions with much traffic in the Wells to Cheddar section. Plenty of challenging corners throughout the route.
Test Pass - Dave Woodhouse
First @DWDAM Pass of 2018! Congratulations to Dave Woodhouse who passed his @IAMRoadSmart Advanced Riding Test today Thu 1 Feb. Well done also to Linda Ashmore, Dave's Observer.
Ride Out Report - Skittles at Frampton Arms
After a very enjoyable chilly ride through Dorset & Purbecks, the group enjoyed coffee at Clavell's restaurant followed by lunch & skittles at Frampton Arms
Test Pass - Debbie Warren
It's a Christmas BONANZA @IAMRoadSmart weekend! Test Pass 3 this week, making it 18 Test passes for 2017. Congratulations to Debbie Warren and @DWDAM_News Observer Brian Purnell. Our Observer Team are on a roll!