Magazine of the Thames Valley HOG Chapter Magazine of the Thames Valley HOG Chapter
What a great club we have, so reliable!
Our webmaster, Lee, asked for members to escort his
daughter to her prom. Eleven bikes with 15
members turned up to ensure that Lucy arrived in style.
All bikes, sporting black and purple ribbons, made a
grand entrance into Legoland, making sure that
Lucy won the
Best Entrance award. Well done to the Thames
Valley escort team!
There have been so many good rides this month but the best, for me, has to be Day 1 of the World Ride, to Swansea. Since getting my trike three years ago, Ive done lots of miles - France 3 times, Faaker See in Austria last year, but I have always gone out with Dave. Well, for this particular ride he couldnt make it; he had promised to help a friend, so I took the plunge and went on my own! Easy ride to Chieveley, 50 miles up the M4 and I met nine other bikes at the services. They seemed pleased to see me and I felt welcomed on my trike. Not only was this my first ride on my own but it was also the first official ride Id done with Thames Valley. The ride there was great, the trike had no trouble keeping up and I rode in front of Nick, who was tailing, allowing the drop-offs to overtake when necessary. I had planned to leave them there and return on the motor-way but it was such a good, friendly ride that I was easily persuaded to stay with the pack for the scenic ride home. A fantastic day out, 373 miles in all, and a great big THANKS to all who made it such a good experience!
Inside this issue
Front cover: Random picture
Page 2 Start your Engines
Page 4, 5 Directors Update
Page 6, 7 LoH - Sues Scribbles
Page 8, 9 New Members
Page 10, 11 World Ride - Day 1, Swansea
Page 12, 13 World Ride - Day 2, Bournemouth
Page 14, 15 Calendar
Page 16 - 18 Solstice Run - Toni Charles
Page 19 Cream Tea Ride, Ashridge
Page 20, 21 D-Day Anniversary - Sue Moyler
Page 22 Whose bike?
Page 23 Mystery Man
Page 24 Jokes
Page 25 Poker Run news
Page 26 Photo Gallery
Page 27 Meet the committee
Back cover: Route 66
July / August
Sue Brown 1st Aug
Yvonne Cotsford 8th Aug
Graham Odey 15th Aug
Toni Charles 16th Aug
to you all!
A big Thank You to those who have contributed to this months magazine: Don, Sue B, Sue M, Toni, Linda and Nick
Hi All, and welcome to the July edition of tales from The Riverbank. What a fantastic month its been for riding your bikes in the glorious sun- shine. A very busy month since last club night, plenty going on in the calendar with rides and weekends away. World Ride Sunday and Monday got this month started, two great days riding and having fun. The first ride was our trip to Swansea Dealership and a return ride via the Welsh Valleys and the Forest of Dean. The terrific scenery and the great weather made the day out on the bikes just perfect. World Ride Monday was another great success with Tea & Cake in Stockbridge and a Picnic in the lower gardens in Bournemouth. The Thames Valley World Ride Crew accumulated a total of 5,926 miles over the two days. Well Done everybody !! Just four days later and the crew are off again, this time to Tewkesbury for our Chill-Out weekend at the Lower Lode Inn by the River Seven. The weather was not really on our side at the start of the weekend but Saturday came with a bit of a break in the weather. Barry led a ride-out to a pub for lunch in Westbury on Seven which was very pleasant. On returning to the Lower Lode the rest of the day and evening were spent chilling out by the river with a few beers and a BBQ, a fun weekend with some great company. Thanks, Pat & Barry, for organising the event. Wake the Lakes The boys weekend away camping at Wake the Lakes was a little like Glastonbury this year but on a smaller scale. The rain managed to dampen most of the weekend from Thursday through to 6am on Saturday. Saturday, with the weather far better, allowed the organised rides to take place and it was worth waiting for. A 60 mile round trip around Windermere and through the passes around the Lake District, with absolutely fantastic scenery and riding countryside.
Thanks, Freddie, for this years Boys Weekend - looking forward to 2015s ride. On our way home from Wake the Lakes, Dave Mitchell had a spill and came off his bike around J12 on the M6 motorway. Dave was riding in a pack of around 6 or 7 bikes when the accident happened. Dave was taken, by ambulance, to Walsall Hospital in Birmingham to be checked over. He was admitted to hospital for a few days nursing broken ribs and a few bruises. He is now back home resting and taking it easy. Good luck mate, and get well soon! I would like to say a personal thank you & well done to all the Thames Valley riders who were on that ride home on Sunday for the way they dealt with situation on a very busy motorway. Every one of those guys played a part in keeping Dave safe and the traffic moving while waiting for the emergency services to arrive. Its always very hard when its one of your own who is injured and you need to stay focused on whats going on around you. Well done guys !! We still have a very busy month or so in the diary including the American Rally of the Giants, the Ledbury weekend, Blackley Festival of Motor Cycles and Thunder in the Glens. Still loads to look forward to. Committee Position. We are looking for a new membership officer as you may know by now. Freddie has filled the position for a number of years now and would like to retire at the end of the year. He stayed on this year because we have been unable to find a replacement for him. We must have somebody who would like to join the committee to help run our club. Come and have a chat if you are interested in the post of Membership officer.
Ride safe and have fun.
Sue says... Didnt our ladies do well!
Both Elaine and Toni clocked up a massive amount of miles and hours in the saddle on the summer Solstice ride. Speaking of summer, it appears to be slipping past so quickly. The good thing about it, though, is that there are so many planned ride outs and opportunities to enjoy it. It was great to
meet new member, Thelma, at the last club night. Both she and her partner, Mike, ride their own machines and Thelmas is a gorgeous red flake Sportster. Welcome to Thames Valley LoH Thelma, we are looking forward to seeing you both on a ride out very soon. Those that were able to come along to the Chill Out week-end had a fab time. Fair play to all the people who rode their bikes as the weather wasnt great to start with. Dave and I had a real chill out (cop out) and went in the car instead! Many of us spent the Saturday meandering around the
pretty town of Tewkesbury where we kept meeting up with each other in coffee and cake shops that were just too tempting to pass by. Others were escorted on a scenic bike ride to a lovely pub for lunch. We all met up again in the evening to share our stories of the day and enjoy the sun-shine with a beer or six! The food was great too, as you can see from the size of Pats breakfast! A big thank you to Pat
and Barry for organising the whole weekend. While the lads were away the rest of us went out to play. Thank you to all that joined us for the ride to Ashridge ( I love it that you have so much faith in us to go somewhere where you had no idea where it was!) I led 13 riders and their pillions from Sportsable to my house to be greeted by Dave who was cheffing up bacon and sausage butties. After a relaxing break and several sausages and coffees later, we peeled away to start the second leg of the journey.
Sadly, Bernies bike was playing up and we had to leave him and his untrusty steed behind. Is there some truth in the number 13 being unlucky? We were once again blessed with sunshine as Dave led us on a beautiful route around the Bucks and Herts countryside ( well that was until we reached Stokenchurch where it decided to shower on us and blot Daves excellent record of taking us on a ride out on hot sunny days). There was a wide selection of food and cake available but as promised, the
eagerly awaited cream teas did not disappoint. I challenge anyone to ever eat two of them in one sitting! After a relaxing wander around (well apart from Chris who worked off his scone and jam by climbing the 172 steps of the Bridgewater Tower to look at the seven counties view) we thought we had best be on our way. It was lovely to see everyone waving us goodbye - odd they didnt wave on our way in or do we really look that scary?! The ride ended in Marlow where we were waved on our way in, this time by
Bernie Bulldog who clearly had now got his bike under control. It was a pleasure to meet Angie and Graham who joined us on their very first ride-out on their brand new Road King. Last, but by no means least, a huge congratulations to Elaine Shepherd who has accepted the role of National Ladies of Harley Officer for UK and Ireland (HOG). We are proud t