Chapter ride, September 2017

Monthly Chapter ride to Seahouses.

We will leave at 10:30 am.

The ride will go to Seahouses, about 71 miles, where we will stop for lunch and fuel. The second part of ride is about 43 miles ending at The Clayton Arms, Dudley.

 

This is a marshalled ride, led by our Road Crew. There will be a rider briefing at the beginning of the ride. Please take note of all guidance from the Road Crew before we set off and don’t put your helmets on until after the briefing. If any guests join us on our ride-out, you MUST sign our Chapter Event Release Form before we set off.

 

See you all there!

Chapter ride, August 2017

Monthly Chapter ride to Hawick. Mark and Terry’s Border Scramble!

We will leave at 10:00 am.

This ride will start at McDonalds Westerhope.

Ride up the A696 to the Scottish Border then drop down into Hawick, about sixty miles. We’ll have a lunch stop for ninety minutes. There is a chance to fill tanks up here, if you need to.

After lunch, we’ll leave Hawick for Newcastleton on the B6399 then on to Brampton. We’ll briefly join the A69 until Greenhead then jump onto the B6318 Military Road. We’ll then have some fun along there, down to Chollerford, over the bridge then onto The Three Tuns. This stretch is about ninety miles. So, one hundred and fifty miles in total, about three hours in the comfy H-D saddle.

The ride will end at The Three Tuns, Hedon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland NE15 0BQ. If you need to, you can fill up at the Shell station before you head for home.

 

This is a marshalled ride, led by our Road Crew. There will be a rider briefing at the beginning of the ride. Please take note of all guidance from the Road Crew before we set off and don’t put your helmets on until after the briefing. If any guests join us on our ride-out, you MUST sign our Chapter Event Release Form before we set off.

 

See you all there!

Chapter ride, June 2017

Monthly Chapter ride to Eskdalemuir.

We will leave at 10:30 am.

This ride will start at Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead.

The ride is to the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre, Eskdalemuir, Dumfries DG13 0QL.

We will have fuel stops on the way, but please make sure you have a full tank before we set off. We will have some food at the temple too. However, they only serve vegetarian meals so if you would like something different, it might be wise to take your own.

The ride will end at Brocksbushes Farm, Northumberland NE43 7UB.

 

This is a marshalled ride, led by our Road Crew. There will be a rider briefing at the beginning of the ride. Please take note of all guidance from the Road Crew before we set off and don’t put your helmets on until after the briefing. If any guests join us on our ride-out, you MUST sign our Chapter Event Release Form before we set off.

 

See you all there!

News feed, 25.5.17

We all met up at Bradbury Services on Sunday for the first monthly Chapter ride of 2017, led by Duncan. A few arrived early, having gone straight there, then the Washington posse landed en masse just before ten. It was great to see so many people taking advantage of the good weather, and also so many new chapter members. We chatted to John, Gill and Tony in the car park beforehand.

The Road Crew huddled together to get their game faces on, then Duncan delivered the all-important ride briefing. Barry announced that James would be celebrating his sixtieth birthday on Monday, so we raised our voices for a quick burst of Happy Birthday for him.

Once we’d completed the formalities, everyone got kitted up, started up and ready for the off about half ten. A kindly Stobart’s lorry gave us all a free pass straight out of the service station, then we crossed the A1, heading west up Weardale towards the A68 and Wolsingham. The roads were fantastic and we tucked in behind John B on his Dyna and Ian on his Breakout. Ron and Lyn were close behind us.

The Road Crew got us quickly through the relatively straight route to St John’s Chapel, then a quick left, heading south towards the B167, High Force waterfall and Teesdale. We used part of this route on our first ride from last year when we raced from Alston down to Durham Tees Valley Airport to see the Great North Air Ambulance.

Right onto the B6276 took us onto the North Pennines AONB and the moors. The weather turned distinctly chilly as we soldiered on, and a bit of mist managed to dampen our shiny chrome. Thankfully, the sheep kept out of our way and in no time, we landed at Brough, crossing under the A66. It was a bit bumpy on the roads on the moors and it was good to ride some better roads for a change.

Kirkby Stephen was very busy but everyone stopped and stared, open-mouthed, as we navigated the traffic lights through the village. Up and out again as we headed for Nateby and Outhgill towards Aisgill, next to the very remote Hell Gill Beck. Once on the A684, we landed at the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

Things have changed at the creamery recently, including a new car park. We all managed to find a space, then headed for lunch. It’s such a great place, and Lyn took full advantage of the cheese-related merchandise on offer.

 

We left about an hour or so later and we rode through Hawes itself. It was rammed with tourists and fellow bikers yet we still managed to cause a stir as we went by. There’s something cool about riding in such a big group, and watching everyone watching us! This time, we were following John L, Trish and John B, with Ian tucked in behind. There’s always something entertaining watching John B whacking the throttle grip on his ride, but he kept the hammer down and we made a good pace!

Pretty soon, we dropped down a very steep bank and crossed the lovely Aysgarth Falls. Unfortunately, Kevin Costner was nowhere to be seen! The roads were again magnificent and kept us on our toes, although we nearly ran out of Road Crew at one point. Everyone was doing a good job in letting them through but there were a lot of junctions to cover.

We dropped out of the Yorkshire Dales National Park at Richmond and headed north, crossing the River Tees again, west of the A1 at Darlington. Finally, we had a short stretch of A1 to travel before we landed at Newton Park Services. Everyone was full of smiles for a job well done, all credit to Duncan and the Men in Orange for a superb day!

Chapter ride, May 2017

Monthly Chapter ride to Hawes.

We will leave at 10:30 am.

This ride will start at Bradbury Services just off the A1, on the A689 (TS21 2ES).

The ride is about 130 miles, with a lunch stop at Hawes and a fuel stop at Kirkby Stephen.

The ride will end at Newton Park Services just off the A1, on the A167 (DL1 3NL).

 

If anyone would like to ride down to Bradbury Services together, then meet up at Washington Services southbound. Departure at 9.30 am sharp, it’s 22 miles from there.

 

This is a marshalled ride, led by our Road Crew. There will be a rider briefing at the beginning of the ride. Please take note of all guidance from the Road Crew before we set off and don’t put your helmets on until after the briefing. If any guests join us on our ride-out, you MUST sign our Chapter Event Release Form before we set off.

 

See you all there!

News feed, 12.9.16

An early start on Sunday at Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead and everyone gathered together for this month’s Chapter ride, this time to Lake Bassenthwaite and The Lakes Distillery. The Great North Run closed large sections of Newcastle, but everyone found alternative routes to the shop. Twenty riders were present and about fifteen Road Crew, with Mark at the front, Dave at the back and Duncan, on his new Superlow 1200, as Pack Leader. Gary joined us too, on his Ultra Classic, with his membership application form in the post to Mandy.

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The weather promised great things and we set off in sunshine, round the Metro Centre and up onto the A69, with a left onto the Military Road at Heddon-on-the Wall. The Military Road never fails to impress and we swept along through dips and corners. We split up slightly at Chollerford but soon found everyone again with Hadrian’s Wall whizzing past on the right hand side with loads of visitors and walkers at Sycamore Gap, even at that time in the morning.

Soon we were heading down the bank into Greenhead, with some temporary traffic lights to split us up again, and then back onto the A69, past Gilsland and Spadeadam. Warwick Bridge was further on, and just over the River Eden, we dropped onto Steele’s Bank and through Wetheral and Cumwhinton towards the Golden Fleece Services, just off the M6.

We paused here for ten minutes to recharge with everyone enjoying the sunshine. There was a beautiful sparkly green paint-job on a Breakout on the ride and the colours on John’s H-D always looks polished to within an inch of their life. John L was also on his new Limited, with its fine grey colour scheme.

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We were soon away again, crossing the M6, through Durdar and across some spectacular moors heading down towards Uldale. Thankfully, most of the sheep remained stationary as we went by. Losing elevation now down into Bassenthwaite, past the famous Armathwaite Hall, and the distillery on the right. A great ride.

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Lunch was next, with food, coffee and whisky-tasting on offer. Some went on the tour round the distillery too. We had a walk down to see the resident alpacas and the River Derwent, lazily meandering by. Apparently, they use the water from the River Derwent in the processes at the distillery. The alpacas looked completely bored, sitting in the sunshine in the far reaches of the field.

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With everyone fully refreshed and distillery purchases safely stowed, we left by the same general route, then headed for Plumpton, and across the M6 again. The roads got narrower and narrower and very grassy in places but we soldiered on. We pulled out just after Plumpton, on the B6413. The group then carried on towards Melmerby, Hartside Café, before landing in Hexham, via Lowgate. Back onto the A69, then north at Corbridge to the Military Road again before ending the ride back at Heddon-on-the Wall.

It was a great day, with some lovely weather and a great place to visit. We haven’t been across to The Lakes during this year’s riding season but this ride was a great reminder of how nice it is on a sunny day. Once again, the Road Crew did a splendid job keeping everyone corralled together and thanks to Mark for a superb route.

www.lakesdistillery.com


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Chapter ride, September 2016

Monthly Chapter ride to Bassenthwaite.

We will leave at 9.30 am.

The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria CA13 9SJ

There is no entrance fee to the distillery, but tours are chargeable. We will land back at the Three Tuns pub, Heddon, about 4.00 pm. The overall trip is about 190 miles and we will have fuel stops along the way.

This is a marshalled ride, led by our Road Crew. There will be a rider briefing at the beginning of the ride. Please take note of all guidance from the Road Crew before we set off and don’t put your helmets on until after the briefing.

News feed, 16.8.16

August the fourteenth saw the annual Geordie Chapter Ladies of Harley ride-out, which raises funds for a charity chosen by our L.O.H.

The ride out was nicknamed the Pink Run many years ago when we raised money to help fund a scanner specifically aimed at early diagnosis of breast cancer. The theme saw riders, pillions and bikes decked in pink fancy dress – an amazing spectacle! Despite a number of attempts to change, the pink theme has continued, particularly with the male riders (must be something to do with their feminine side) and this year’s ride was no exception.

In 2016, we raised money for a charity close to home. The Charlie Bear for Cancer Care fund is dedicated to raising money for the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) at the Freeman Hospital. It also incorporates the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. These directly benefit cancer patients from across North East England and Cumbria which contribute significantly to international research into the disease.

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Our brilliant Road Crew planned a fantastic ride-out which left from Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead and visited NCCC, where members of staff greeted us (some of who came in to see us on their day off) and Charlie Bear himself.

After the customary coffee and cake and a chance to chat with the dedicated nurses, we left Newcastle and rode through beautiful scenery to the Carriages Tea room in Bellingham.

The ride-out ended at Brocksbushes Farm, after about a hundred miles, and raised £220 solely from our riders. It was a fantastic day, made better as three guests joined us – they all bid for a Harley-Davidson Experience in a charity auction in November 2015.

Although we call this event the Ladies of Harley run, it is supported by the entire chapter and is one of the favourite dates in our event calendar. They may all secretly enjoy the dressing up and pink is obviously the favourite colour however, raising money for worthwhile charities is at the heart of the ride-out and everyone’s generosity never fails.

Dawn Beattie, Ladies of Harley Officer


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