News feed, 25.5.16

Derek and I recently arranged a Fat Bob ride-out in The Lakes on 14 May. Here’s our story, with some great pictures from the day (photo contributions from everyone).

We had a fantastic ride-out on Saturday, and were blessed with beautiful dry sunny weather with blue skies – a perfect day for a perfect ride!

The idea of a Fat Bob only ride-out was suggested on a Facebook page called UK FatBobs (Harley-Davidson), and the idea quickly grew into reality, with so many enthusiastic riders wanting to be part of it. We’d seen how popular these rides are in Europe, particularly Belgium and Germany, and thought how amazing it would be to have one over here. Having got it all off the ground, we reckon it’s the first ever Fat Bob only ride-out in the UK.

There was a considerable amount of planning in getting it arranged, and we managed much of it with the help and enthusiasm of all those who were participating in the Facebook group. We had interest from all over the country, with some people travelling from Kent, London, Portsmouth, Merseyside and Lincoln. There was a real buzz in everyone’s reactions as many had either never been to the Lake District, or hadn’t been since they were much younger. Like most good riding events, the day centred on the ride itself and Derek planned and led the route around the Lake District.

On the day, we had twenty four Fat Bobs attend including a trike, with most travelling up on the Friday and staying through until Sunday. We helped everyone with local accommodation and booked up a local restaurant for an evening meal.

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Ready to start the ride-out

 

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Matty Ferguson (middle) – our new pin-up boy – sorry Brian!

On Saturday, we left Penrith at 10.30am, heading towards Pooley Bridge then on to Glenridding and up Kirkstone Pass. We stopped at the Inn for a coffee and to take some photographs. The scenery is simply spectacular up there, just right for some great shots with our bikes and trike.

With everyone fully refreshed, we then rode down The Struggle to Ambleside, taking the lakes road to Windermere and on through Coniston to Great Langdale. We stopped at the Walkers Bar, within the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, for a very welcome lunch.

What we didn’t realise was that the hotel was also hosting a wedding, so their car park was full, and we ended up parked in a field at the front of the hotel. As it turned out, this provided a wonderful scenic backdrop of mountains. We were met by lots of cheering and waving by the wedding party and the bride and groom insisted on having several photographs taken with us!

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New Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale

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Our group was completely overwhelmed with the majestic scenery, and many underestimated how much they would enjoy the ride-out, the company and the region.

After lunch, we set off again, riding through Ambleside then on to Keswick via the newly-opened A591. The road had been closed for many months, with much of it washed away by flooding. It was great to see it open again and it was a joy to ride, with exceptional new views across Thirlmere, with many of the trees cleared due to the floods.

We ploughed on through Keswick and headed for Borrowdale before climbing the very steep Honister Pass to Honister Slate Mine, where we stopped for a coffee, more photographs and more smiles!

All too soon, we were underway again heading for Buttermere and a brief stop for some lakeside photos.

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Buttermere

From there, we then followed the road to Braithwaite and picked up the A66, heading back to Penrith. After riding 130 miles, we landed back about 5.00pm, with a collective groan – everyone was having such a great time and didn’t want the ride-out to end!

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Knackered … !

We then arranged to meet up again for our evening meal and were met by lots of sunburnt, smiling faces. We had a lovely meal with our new found friends, topped off with a specially made cake in the shape of a Fat Bob tank.

Everyone was gushing about how much they had enjoyed the weekend, with many promising to return to the Lake District very soon. We’ve already been asked to organise another one for next year. Plans are already afoot, with a date set for Saturday 27 May 2017.

If any Fat Bob owners would like to attend, please go to the event page on Facebook Fat Bob Only Rideout Saturday 27 May 2017, and ask to join. Or click here.

Derek and Rachael


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News feed, 16.5.16

There’s an update for the June monthly Chapter ride, 5.6.16. Read all about it here.


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News feed, 15.5.16

What a great start to the Geordie Chapter 2016 riding season! Led by John and Andy, we brought together an Air Ambulance Crusade Ride collecting money for the Great North Air Ambulance service.

The meeting point was Lumley Castle, just off the A1, and many arrived in Crusade outfits. We had a couple of new members with us for the ride-out, possibly not sure what to make of all the flags and banners. We also had James back into the Road Crew after a short spell on foreign shores. Mandy soon got the collection underway.

There were a few patches of mist about as we congregated but it soon cleared and sunshine prevailed for the rest of the day. John and Andy delivered the safety briefing and gave us an idea of where were going. Arthur was Pack Leader, Ray was Back Marker and Al made sure that everyone was where they should be and ready to go.

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We had the first junction to ourselves coming out of Lumley Castle and then we formed an enormous V-Twin snake along the A167 towards Neville’s Cross. People just stopped and stared as we rumbled through some of the smaller villages, including Waterhouses, then we headed north up towards the A68 and Carterway Heads.

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Junctions came at us thick and fast but our fantastic Road Crew had them all covered and we ploughed on now heading west, just to the south of Derwent Reservoir on the B6306. The scenery was majestic: the water shimmering blue and Blanchland basking in the sunshine.

Just after Baybridge, it was time to cross the moors and then drop down into Nenthead. It was just spectacular – we’ve travelled these roads many times before but it is such a fantastic place for a ride-out! There was very little traffic about and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

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After about sixty miles and two hours in the sunshine, we were all ready for a stop at Alston – fuel for us and fuel for the bikes. We squeezed in tight onto a very small parking area and headed across the road to the Alston House, although some stayed in the car park with flasks and some sandwiches. Some of the Chapter had been down to the Cider Rally the previous weekend, so there was some good crack about their adventures, and the forthcoming Iron Horse Rally.

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The Road Crew got us lined up again and we brought Alston to a standstill as we headed back up the cobbles on Front Street. There was an abundance of sports bikes in and around Alston and they all stopped and stared at the American Iron on show. However, once we got away on the B6277, many went whizzing past us. The road just seemed to go on forever, with lots of great twists and turns, dropping lower and lower towards Barnard Castle. We then headed due east towards Durham Tees Valley Airport.

When we arrived, the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter already had its blades spinning. We jumped off to get some quick shots before the crew boarded and it took off. All too quickly, it was gone. It wasn’t guaranteed that we would see the helicopter but we did and it just shows that they are on constant call, ready to help people in need.

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We collected about £300.00 for the service and John handed this over to the team before we left. Everyone then headed their own separate way home.

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It was a superb day, with some great scenery, weather and roads. The Road Crew did an amazing job keeping us together and making sure we landed safely.


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News feed, 28.4.16

As the riding season gets underway and everyone is on ride-outs or rallies having a great time, please contribute your touring tales, news, stories and photos for the Geordie Chapter website. It’s a great way to share them with everyone.

There are several ways to do this but the quickest is to email your items to: GeordieHOG News or use news@geordiehog.com. Your stories don’t have to be too long and a picture always helps.

If you need a hand in pulling something together, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do. If we get lots of stories for the same event, we might combine them so we capture everyone’s experiences. We will always check back with you before we publish anything.

As an added incentive, there’ll be a prize at the end of the season for the best published story. So, get writing and snapping everyone!

 

News feed, 26.4.16

There’s an update for the May Chapter Meeting, 5.5.16. Read all about it here.


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News feed, 24.4.16

Clyde Valley, Red Rose and Geordie chapters all meet up for a superb Saturday evening get-together, on 16 April, to kick start the riding season at Gretna Hall Hotel. Looking to make a weekend of it, quite a few of the Geordie Chapter travelled up on the Friday afternoon to get settled in, and make sure that the beer was OK.

The weather on Saturday morning was glorious, just right for riding our bikes. After breakfast and a short walk to the Old Blacksmith’s Shop for a bit of sightseeing, we made our way south to meet up with Red Rose at the Lane End Inn near Brampton for a spot of lunch. Everything went like clockwork and we arrived to find quite a large bunch of Red Rose Chapter already ordering food and drinks. We all had our lunch and very soon it was time to get going again to meet the Clyde Valley Chapter.

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We met up with them at the services on the M6 but by now, the weather had done the very British thing and changed completely. We were deluged with hailstones, so as soon as we got there we headed straight for the hotel back in Gretna.

Aided by a few beers, we had a great meal at the hotel then watched the Fat Alligator take us well into the evening. The drummer, Clyde Valley’s Activities Officer Dave Henderson, was amazing. It was marvellous to see the three chapters having fun and getting on so well.

It was a fantastic weekend and I would like to thank everyone who organised it, especially Paul Jackson for leading the ride up to the M6 services. A very special thank you goes to Red Rose and Clyde Valley chapters for allowing the Geordie Chapter to become a part of the CRAGG group!

Safe riding everyone. Barry.


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News feed, 19.4.16

There’s an update for the Wednesday Night ride-out, 20.4.16. Read all about it here.


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Chapter Meeting, April 2016

There was lots to cover at April’s Chapter Meeting, with our first CRAGG run only days away. This should be great a weekend with the Clyde Valley, Red Rose and Geordie Chapters over in Gretna. It’s the first time we’ve done it, so everyone’s looking forward to a fantastic time. Peter will issue some details, in due course, about meeting up beforehand.

There have been a few comments about cancelling the Haggis Run. It’s always a great shame when we have to cancel rides at any time of the year, but we live in a strange climate which keeps bringing us rain! The primary factor we have in mind when we cancel rides is safety, and it can be very difficult to rearrange events at short notice. Please bear with us.

Derek gave us a few good words on the Ride To The Wall event (RTTW), later in the year. Quite a few of our members go on this and we’ve posted it in the Chapter events calendar. The event has grown considerably since it started in 2008 and there are now eleven starting points to stagger arrival at the National Memorial Arboretum. Have a look at the RTTW website, here, if you’d like to find out more.

John, Bev and Andy are in the chair for our first Chapter Ride of 2016 – the Air Ambulance Crusade Ride. The start point is Lumley Castle then off to Alston and back to Durham/Tees Valley Airport. We’ll be collecting for the Great North Air Ambulance service during the ride and everyone is encouraged to get their Crusade outfits on! Have a look at the Chapter website for more details.

Greg has got the Wednesday Night Ride-outs underway. Get along if you get a chance – he did a great write up for the website a while back. NB: these rides are very weather dependent – keep an eye on your phones. Peter will update everyone via text if there are any changes or last-minute alterations.

Finally, please contribute your touring tales, news, stories or photos for the website and Facebook pages. There are several ways to do this but the quickest is to email your items to: GeordieHOG News or use news@geordiehog.com. We will always check back with you before we publish anything.

Safe riding everyone. Barry.

News feed, 12.4.16

There’s an update for this weekend’s CRAGG trip to Gretna Hall Hotel. Read all about it here.


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News feed, 11.4.16

Heart & Soul Rally update …

Ticket sales are going extremely well for our 2016 rally! There are only 80 tickets remaining. If you want to come, best get in there quickly!

Please note: we will not be selling tickets on the gate this year …

Click on the logo below for a link to our Heart & Soul Rally website:

 

GC HS rally


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