Cornish Weekend – September 2012

Cornish Weekend – September 2012

Caroline paddling in the Atlantic at St Ives

Caroline paddling in the Atlantic at St Ives

These long weekends are great, even if you’ve got to take time off work to do it, what better way is there to enjoy yourself?  The preceeding days weather was unpredictable, but on the Friday morning it all came right.  At 9 am we assembled at the Willowbrook Garden Centre near Wellington, over 40 people on a range of machines – rather a lot of BMW’s these days!

The ride down to St Ives is only about 170 miles but it can be done at a leisurely pace, with a lunch stop at Port Isaac overlooking the bay.  With dry weather it was most enjoyable and still warm at the end of the afternoon, in fact some people went down to the beach for a paddle and into town for an ice cream.

The Saturday was fine and members made their own plans to explore around Lands End and the Lizard penninsula so that not many arrived at the pub for lunch that Trevor has planned – sorry Trevor.  The Sunday route was only a short one to the visitor centre at the radio station at Poldhu Point, even though it was heavy rain ALL day some brave (or stupid!) people rode to learn about how radio communications were developed across the Atlantic.

A lovely ride down the coast to Lands End

A lovely ride down the coast to Lands End

Our ride back on Monday was only wet when we stopped at Princetown for lunch; as this is one of the higher regions on Dartmoor it was not surprising.  As we rode back through Devon into Somerset it became obvious just how much rain they had endured on the Sunday, with rivers in spate localised road flooding.  Unfortunately our tea stop at the garden centre had to be abandoned due to the premises being flooded badly the day before.  Nevertheless it was a great weekend break, with good riding and reaquaintances with old friends.  Many thanks to Trevor for arranging this event; next year he will only be doing the admin and someone else will be sorting out the routes.

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