Ten riders met at Top of Town car park looking forward to Crab sandwiches on Portland later in the day; the sun came out to play making it perfect riding conditions. Safety and route brief over, the group left via the A352 through the Cerne Valley until the ride turned left just before Lyon's Gate for Leigh, Yetminster, Ryme Intrinesca (what a lovely name for a village) and onto the A37 towards Yeovil. Beautiful Dorset scenery through this part of the ride along with chocolate box villages, thatched cottages and warm spring sunshine.
Just over the railway bridge, it was left towards East Coker riding down to Sutton Bingham Reservoir, a busy stretch of water and popular for fishing, sailing and model yachts and boats. Lots of wildlife around including many ducks and a beautiful Crane, motionless on the water's edge.
Photos taken, the ride headed towards Felicity's Farm Shop, Morcombelake via Halstock, Corscombe (another lovely name for a village) and on to the A356 Crewkerne road and right towards South Perrott and Misterton. Narrow roads and the odd obligatory pinch point, the ride continued through Misterton and the 20 mph zone, before turning left and stopping briefly at the Railway Crossing, not to spot trains, but because the barriers were down. Once the train hurtled past, the group continued along the B3165 towards the A35 at Raymonds Hill via Clapton and Marshwood; great road surface and a lovely ride through a dark canopy made up of trees on either side out of Marshwood, simply beautiful dappled shade and warm sunshine.
Arrived at Felicity's Farm Shop at 11.20 to meet a full car park but everyone managed to park their bikes up safely. Comfort stop, coffee and ice cream were enjoyed with stunning views out the back over to the coast.
Refreshed, the ride headed for Bridport and picked up holiday traffic. We headed down the A35, past Charmouth, left onto the B3162 then north towards Salwayash and Broadwindsor. Yet another little gem of a narrow, twisty road with some lovely bends. Right out of Broadwindsor towards Beaminster then on to the B3163 back to the Crewkerne road where the ride headed for Maiden Newton.
The ride headed then headed South over the top on Greenford Lane, past Compton Valence to the A35, down the A35 to the outskirts of Winterbourne Abbas before heading up past Hardy's Monument. On to the coast road at Portesham towards Chickerell, through Wyke Regis and on to the Causeway arriving The Boat That Rocks 13:25, some 90 miles later after leaving Dorchester.
The Boat That Rocks was thronging with holidaymakers with a resultant hour wait for any food. The aim of a Portland Crab sandwich turned out to be a damp squib. Following a soft drink and chat, headed back to Weymouth where 3 riders peeled off to ride back home. All in all, 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 - Shane Hann
Congratulations to Shane Hann who passed his IAM RoadSmart Advanced Riding Test Sunday 10 February 2019 with a F1RST Pass. Well done also to Local Observer Graham Pinney and National Observer Kelvin Latham who carried out the Pre-Test Ride Check.
Test Pass - Hunter Fagan
Our first @IAMRoadsmart Advanced Rider Course Test Pass for 2019. Congrats to Hunter Fagan and newly qualified @DWDAM_News observer @Waveringwafu on guiding his first associate to full membership.
Three Passes in One Day - Robin Hill
Another @IAMRoadsmart Advanced Rider Course Test Pass for 2018! Congrats to Robin Hill, the third DWDAM Pass of the day. Kelvin Latham was his @DWDAM_News observerand and conducted his pre-test ride.