Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fun Run Wales to Llyn Brenig June 2010

The trip to Wales June 2010
I never get much time these days to have a run out, that is without having o follow a client when advanced training, so when Nigel Parkes suggested a run out, I jumped at the chance. A quick call to Dvaid Yates and a date and time was et, but where could we go. Well I fancied North Wales and a lake near to Denbigh.
A 10 am start saw us leaving Stafford on the A5013 towards Eccleshall and then on to Tern Hill roundabout, via Loggerheads and the by pass around Market Drayton, the A53.
At tern Hill roundabout, we turned right along the A41 towards Whitchurch, stopping the Raven Cafe for a brew.
After the break we headed along the A41, picking up the A525 towards Wrexham. We then turned left off the A525 onto the A495 through Welshampton onto Ellesmere, turning right at the junction with the A528. We went through Ellesmere to turn right on the B5068 to St Martins. In St Martins we turned left towards the A5, where turned right and headed for Llangollen.
In Llangollen we turned right off the A5 and across the bridge, turning left on the A524 towards dinner – up the Horseshoe Pass and stop at the Ponderosa.
After a short stop it is north (TURN RIGHT OUT OF CAR PARK) still along the A524 over the roundabout with the A5014 to join the A525. Turning left towards Ruthin and down through the valley of Nant y Garth. In Ruthin continue on the A525 to Denbigh and go through the town centre, picking up the A523 TOWARDS Pentrefoelas, via Bylchau. Just after Blychau look for a left turn, sign posted Llyn Brenig visitor centre, which takes you onto the B4501 (Road with the pine trees).
Stop at Llyn Brenig at the visitor centre, before leaving on the B4501 Cerrigydrudion, where we turned south for a short distance on the A5, before turning right on the B4501 to Fron Goch . Here we turned left TOWARDS Bala, where we stopped for ice cream on the side of the lake.
Leaving Bala, retracing the route along the A494 to the end of the High Street, turn right on the B4391 to Llangynog and onto Pen-y-bont-fawr. Just after this village pick up signs for Owestry, which should be signed B4396 and eventually the A495 to Llynclys (The railway Museum). Cross over the A483 and head for Shrewsbury on the B4396 and eventually the A5.

Diary of the Northern France trip with road names - Routes

The trip to France in June 2010
Despite a traumatic start for me the group leader – Eurotunnel running 3 hours late due to technical problems, we got to the bed and breakfast just one hour later than planned. Evening meal had already been booked.
Day 1 – First day in France and I decided to take the group onto the edges of the Somme, just to let then sample what was available to see. I had been in touch via the UKGSER forum with a fellow rider from Spain and he suggested the following. Well he came up with the right format. We headed to Thiepval to see the memorial and also the newly opened museum. A great place to start if you know little or nothing about the world war one.
I took Sue, our host’s advice, ignored my sat nav plans and went to look for a road called the D8. What a find, bend after bend, with great cross views.........
We spent a couple of hours at Theipval before heading north for lunch at Avril Williams tea rooms 10, Rue Delattre, Auchonvillers, 80560, Somme. We had a leisurely lunch and toured the place and Avril suggested some other places to visit. Well time was getting on and we were so chilled, time was running out to see many more sites. I had wanted to see the Lochnagar crater at La Boiselle, but on route stopped at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. This park, located near Beaumont Hamel, is one of only a few sites on the Western Front where the ground remains largely untouched from when the First World War ended. The main entrance to the Newfoundland Memorial Park can be found on the D73 road between Hamel and Auchonvillers.
The distances between all these sites are not great so I was able to show the group the Park, before heading to the crater.
Site seeing done, I had to plan a ride back to the bed and breakfast, via an Aldi as we were having a cheese and wine night.
The route back, after filling up with fuel at Albert was along the D938 to Doullens, where we stopped for refreshments. Then like before, time was against us so a run up the D916 to St-Pol- sur-Ternoise, saw us getting fuel and all the food for our cheese and wine. Then back to the bed and breakfast in Gauchin – Verloingt. A great night, after a great day.
Day 2 – A look at the Western Front and run into Belgium saw us heading towards Vimy Ridge, the Canadian memorial. Another good site to visit as you can have guided tours of the ground and under ground tunnel. Time again was against us so we made our next stop the Hooge Crater, just outside Ypres.
We made our way into Ypres for the last post at 8pm, then a run back to the b and b, for a light snack of the remaining cheese supplemented by some chips we managed to get enroute. Another great day, only isuse was we weer due to go home the next day. Ah well I had planned a run back via a world war two museum, before heading to Calais for the Eurotunnel
Day 3 – The run home.
Plans never go right as I found some more fantastic roads and did a detour towards the coast, leaving St Pol along the D343 to Anvin then on the D94 towards Auchy-les-Hesdin. Here we turned north to pick up the D108, and D343 stopping in Hucqueliers for a drink. We then went onto Desvres, where Bob fueled up and I got a bit lost. I finally managed to find this roller coaster of a road through the Forest of Boulogne, the D341, before we got to Boulogne. Where we saw a first traffic, mainly British idiot drivers coming from Le Mans 24 hour. Never mind we went into Wimereux, a coastal town and had a leisurely dinner. You guessed ti, time was against us, so we made straight for Calais.

We will be back......

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We have been to Northern France Battlefield Tour June 2010

Here is some feedback form a recent tour:

Hello All,
Just a quick email to thank you all for what turned out to be a very enjoyable weekend away, with a great bunch of like minded Bikers.
It has brought home to me that I need to be doing a lot more of these kind of trips, to get away from the busy daily life that I have made for myself!
I look forward to seeing some of you soon, perhaps on the next trip?
Maybe a few of you may have GS's by then eh?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nigel, for inviting me, and hope he does so again, you did a great job Nigel!
Thanks everyone!

Kindest Regards
Robert J Howitt
RJH Driver & Rider Training Ltd.
Unit 7,
Daneside Business Park,
Riverdane Road,

Hi All

Lynn and I would like to thank all for a great trip, Lynn stated"what a lovely group, seemed like I have known them for a long time, really enjoyed it, hope we see them again" I can only repeat her feelings.

Nigel ,"you done us proud, Thank you"

Clinton and Lynn King

Sunday, June 06, 2010

BTCC Oulton Park June 6th 2010 Thanks Club Seat

Thanks you Club Seat for an exellent day at the Bristish Touring Car Championship round held at Oulton Park, A great day..