Motorcycling on a Mystery Tour in the UK
It certainly was a good turn out!
The turn out was excellent for this ride out although the weather left a lot to be desired.
It was extremely cold and as it was foggy as well this made it feel even colder to me.
Do we worry about that though? No, I don't think so as so many riders turned up ready to ride.
The ladies too were ready and waiting in anticipation to find out where we would actually end up!
Raring to go and all wrapped up warm and toasty the lady rider's waited in anticipation!
After a brief from the leader for the day on word bound we went!
The ride out had been prepared by Gary and Sue who I could tell were overwhelmed with the turn out of bikes!
After a brief from Gary on our way we went.
Mike and Jackie with their gleaming new bike, looking as pleased as punch!
Wow! That bike looks awesome, yellow being my favorite color!
And Bob too looking please with himself on his new shiny mojo!
Two new motorbikes in the group. Wow!
Now there are respectful cyclists and then there are the ones that just don't care about anyone other than themselves!
Why do cyclist's think that they own the road whenever we are out on a bike ride!
I ride a cycle and I know that I should ride behind or in front of Jeff not alongside him to make it awkward for other riders! I just don't get it! t makes common sense to ride behind to allow other road users to pass.
But no, on a Sunday as far as the cyclist is concerned it is their road, don't worry about anyone else ehh!
The Rising Sun Inn Welcomes Bikers!
A warm welcome awaits you from Chris, Rosie and the team at this charming Village Inn situated in the heart of the old village of Clanfield.
Nestling in the lee of the South Downs, the Inn rests on the boundary of the new South Downs National Park and is only a mile by road or path from the South Downs Way National Trail.
Whether you are looking for a refreshing beer, chilled wine, appetising meal, somewhere to stay or simply to catch up with friends at one of their events, you can be confident you will find what you are looking for at The Rising Sun. They are open every day from 10.00 a.m.to midnight.
Food served from 12.00 noon - 9.00pm daily. Coffee and cake served from 10.00am.
And the best thing is that they welcome bikers, a must for all us riders. We didn't stop here this time but one to be reckoned with if out on the bikes.
More about the Rising Sun Inn
Chris, Rosie and family took over the running of the Rising Sun in May 2012.
As the village Inn they are family, children, dog, walker, biker and cyclist friendly where you can go in and relax and unwind, play traditional games or enjoy their“Community Events”.
Their A’la carte seasonal menu, based on locally sourced produce where possible, is complimented by a range of daily specials.
Here you can enjoy good home cooked traditional British dishes or tantalise your taste buds with our more exotic dishes. You can also indulge yourself with some of their home made cakes, cookies, cream scones and other delights to complement their range of teas and coffees which you can enjoy on their sunny patios or relaxing lounge areas.
For those who wish to stay with them they offer relaxing well equipped and fully en-suite Bed and Breakfast accommodation. You can wake up in the morning to a freshly made “English Breakfast” that will set you up for the day ahead.
I give this Inn a scoring of 10/10!
Animals House of The Rising Sun for you to listen to whilst viewing the photos!
Patience is a virtue they say!
There seemed to be quite a lot of our fellow friends the cyclist's out on this ride out! Luckily we are all very patient!
The avenue of Yews is Chilton Candover!
Chilton Candover lies within the Hampshire Downs which extend across central parts of the county of Hampshire and form part of the broad belt of chalk running through southern England, linking Salisbury Plain in the west with the South Downs in the east.
The downs form a largely open landscape with large fields associated with intensive arable production.
Beautiful area to ride a motorbike with a group of friends.
So, the first mystery has arrived when we pull up at Lasham Gliding
The village and airfield are now usually known as “Lash-am” but until recent times most locals called it “Lass-ham”. The village dates back to the eleventh century when it was “Esseham”, becoming “Lessham” shortly after. The airfield was built by Irish labourers and Italian prisoners of war. Its construction destroyed much of the avenue of beech trees that had been planted by George Purefoy Jervoise of Herriard Park in 1809, to commemorate the Jubilee of George III (in 1810). A painting was made of The Avenue by Thomas Hennell. It is one of about 1500 paintings made by a large number of artists early in the war as part of Recording Britain project funded by the Pilgrim Trust. The painting of the avenue is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The airfield was completed in 1942. Several different types of aircraft were based at Lasham during World War Two. The squadrons based at Lasham during the period 1942-44 were: 33
One of the most famous operations was by 613 Squadron. On 14 April 1944 six Mosquitos led by Wing Commander Bateson bombed the Central Records Registry of the Gestapo in The Hague from a height of 50 feet. The accuracy was such that there were few civilian casualties nearby.
The Club House was very welcoming and open their doors to bikers!
The Lasham clubhouse is the hub of the club's activities. The restaurant is in constant use from early in the morning for breakfast until late serving evening meals.
The restaurant may close early if the weather is non flyable.
We arrived not to cold but ready for a coffee and some cake which was catered for in a timely manner and us bikers were happy.
I would give this a 9/10 they certainly made us all welcome.
On the road again to listen to!
There is something really special about riding a motorbike and just pulling over for a break and a short rest!
So different to being in a car and pulling into a car park and getting out, on a bike you stop, get off and chill!
Unfortunately for us we had to take an early leave from this ride out!
I wont go into to much detail but we had to take leave early from this ride out and found ourselves in the most extraordinary circumstance.
We stopped in a cafe as hubby needed to use the convenience! (least I say anymore!).
Now I know that some people can be quite different to what you are used to or even expect them to be. But on this occasion the guy that we met sat in this cafe was really odd, to say that he disliked women was an understatement, I have never ever in my life felt as uncomfortable as I did when we met this guy and I couldn't wait to get the hell out of the cafe!
Thank you to Gary, Sue and all the other bikers for a great day!
Until next time folks!
Ride Safe and we will see you all soon for another wonderful ride out!