Eight riders turned up on time, only to find that the ride leader was not there – he had gone back home to fetch his forgotten mobile phone. Quick safety brief, route description and unnecessary lateness banter, the 9 riders set off heading towards the Bristol Aerospace Museum.
We headed North out of Dorchester before taking the A352 lower Cerne Abbas road, through Cerne Abbas, Middlemarsh and Longburton into Sherbourne before turning left, onto the B3145 towards Wincanton.
Roads were mostly dry, with some damp patches and plenty of post-rain debris in the road, which meant some careful planning on these bendy roads.
We skirted Wincanton and changed direction towards Shepton Mallet, our coffee stop. A change in direction brought a change in road; the A371 offered faster and more sweeping bends, allowing for a more progressive ride into Shepton Mallet.
e arrived at Dobbies Garden Centre for refreshments. It was a first visit to Dobbies for everybody, and whilst the café service was a bit disorganised, the garden/shopping centre looked like a shopper’s paradise!
The toilets though, were something else, and to a man, we avoided the triffid at the end!
Keith Starr left for home at this point – family duties beckoned, and the remaining 8 riders headed for the final section into Bristol. We nearly became 6 riders when the Jim, the ride leader, failed to mark a junction. Clearly not his day!
Headed north on the A37, before turning west onto the B3135, over the Mendips north of Cheddar and through Burrington Combe, a Carboniferous Limestone gorge. We joined the A38, past Bristol Airport and made our way towards the outskirts of Bristol City Centre, under the Clifton Bridge. This is where careful and attentive riding was necessary to negotiate the city traffic, keeping each other and the ride leader in sight. We arrived at the Bristol Aerospace Museum for lunch tea and coffee.
Four riders had refreshments and headed home, whilst the remainder had a look around the impressive museum.
Headed home via the M5 south with a quick stop at the Sedgemoor Services for the use of more normal toilets, and then continued to junction 23 at Bridgewater, taking the A39 Bath Road to the outskirts of Street, cutting the corner along the B3151 and continuing along Reynald’s Way, joining Kingweston Road, via Charlton Mackerall, arriving at Ilchester and the A303 junction. The group started to disperse at this point, each taking the most convenient route home for around 17:00.
159 miles round trip.
Sunday Ride Out - Portland Crab Sandwiches
An enjoyable ride out which passed through some lovely villages, beautiful scenery and best of all, lots of new routes for some on the ride. The brilliant weather made up for the disappointment of missing out on a crab sandwich lunch.
Test Pass - Craig Shafford
Congratulations to Craig Shafford who passed his @IAMRoadSmart Advanced Riding Test Sat 21 Apr 18. Well done also to John Laffan, Craig's Observer.
Test Pass - Mitch Staley-Crouch
Congratulations to Mitch Staley-Crouch who passed his @IAMRoadSmart Advanced Riding Test Thurs 19 Apr 18. Well done also to Graham Pinney, Mitch's Observer.