May 2019

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Another action packed month….

WRWR

1st of May was the last day of Pogs’ WRWR adventures.. to catch up on her travels take a look at her blog www.pogshogs.com

Peak District – Early May Bank Holiday Weekend – 4/5/6thMay 2019

Bank holiday time means riding! A trip to the beautiful Peak District this time. On Saturday morning 7 of us met up for some breakfast at Stolk’s place and from there we picked up the Follies and continued North of course following some scenic country roads and via legendary motorcycle town Matlock Bath to our Airbnb for the weekend in Dronfield, just outside Sheffield and a stone’s throw away from the Peak District. The weather was a bit chilly for this time of year with the occasional drop of rain, but overall we were very lucky as the Peaks are known for its downpours.

Our house was big but very basic, eso basic that even most kitchen tools and necessities were missing… (I feel a bit of feedback coming). The beds were good though and that was the main thing. We found a pub just up the road from our house that served food and had some very friendly staff. The owner of the pub was Irish and so were several of the bar staff….hmm interesting as our Pogs and Doc are Irish as well…would they be related? YES they are! Apparently Pogs and the pub owner are cousins…what are the chances!

Sunday was all about exploring the lovely Peaks and immerse ourselves in those amazing twisties, stunning views, moorland, cute villages and birds of prey. So much to see and never enough time.

Thanks to Pumper, our Videographer

Tired but happy we arrive back at our Airbnb, ordered some pizzas and went in for an early night. Another big riding day planned tomorrow.

Monday started early as we had to make our way down towards London again, but not without going back into the Peaks for some very scenic roads, especially the one from Hathersage to Edale and then up Mam Tor to Castleton. Amazing!

DOBzilla.. enjoying the sights and sounds of the wonderful Peak District

After that we nipped down to Dovedale for a little wander and some photos (such a shame that lovely place turned into such a busy tourist trap!) In the afternoon we commenced our journey home. Again, a wonderful weekend out with Dykes on Bikes London who are never afraid to put those miles on the clock 

London Pride

This month we have continued in our efforts to convince Pride in London and the Metropolitan Police that we should be leading London Pride this year. We have attended some meetings and had ongoing correspondence with PiL, and at last, just before the end of May, they confirmed that Dykes on Bikes London will, for the very first time ever, be riding at the front of London Pride… so proud! Registration is now open, so please do complete a form and come ride with us on this historic occasion.

Bombing the By-Ways

On the 19th May a few of the bigger bikes went on a blast around Cambridgeshire. Time to get the big grrls knickers on… we have lots of rides that are L plate inclusive but sometimes the larger bikes really want to have a blat… so a mixture of motorway and fast A roads for this ride out. Starting at North Weald Airfield for a bacon butty and a cuppa then on the road, bright eyed and bushy tailed for a fast blast up the M11, quick stop and shop at Blackbear Harley Davidson in Newmarket… which was not only shut, but completely closed down!! We managed to find where it has moved to, but still it was closed grrr. As an alternative we paid a visit to Ducati Cambridge and had an enjoyable hour or so looking around. Pumper managed to blag a couple of tee shirts for us to raffle for our nominated charity, well done.

Onwards then towards the wonderfully named Tydd St Giles, turning into the Deepings and calling in at the Iron Horse Ranch House for lunch and a final bomb down the A1 ending around Bedford due to long tailbacks.

A round trip of about 200 miles. It was a real grin-maker

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