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Kernow Harley Riders (HRCGB)Report forwarded by Rob Ayres
I missed last year's Riders' Rally, and the chance of a few days in the sun was too good to miss - plus meeting up with the Kernow and Devon lot was always gonna be good!
Due to a communication breakdown with the Wyvern Region riders, I rode as far as Somerset before meeting up with some mates at Taunton services.
The site of the rally is the Cambourne Rugby Club - don't I lurv flat fields! - so it was a very quick unpack and pitch tents, before the "Socialising" began.
Riders of Bridgwater had their trade stand, plus a few others with bits of clobber, so all the usual suspects really.
Half a dozen lads from The Big Twin Club Castellon (Spain) were there, so the amazing weather was just as well. Nothing worse than riding up to a rally in the UK and getting UK weather!
Friday was pretty damm good, Kernow laid on an amazing curry, (ok curry in June, but who doesn't eat a curry after a few sherberts?), and some pretty impressive burgers.
Eased into Saturday slowly, and got kitted up for the rideout to St Ives. Funny stuff, Cornish weather. Blazing hot when we left, rode through a cold sea mist, and then arrived in blazing sun!
The Kernow Club had arranged "Ownership" of the quayside carpark for a few hours, so we could enjoy a couple of cold ones by the harbour. Don't ask me the route we took back, could probably be best described as rural, but everyone got back to site at one time, and intact. There we were greeted by a couple of Cornish maids dressed in all the finery, serving pasties and cream teas. Music that afternoon was being supplied by a bloke on an acoustic, doing Levellers stuff. A fairly chilled out afternoon, ready for the evening.
Saturday night was spot on. The Spanish group had brought that funny goatskin bag with the wine in. We all managed to cover our faces with it. Loud music, more beer, more food - usual stuff really.
Sunday ride back was red hot. It gave me great pleasure riding past all the traffic on the roadworks at Roche. The sensible ones amongst you may frown, but you cannot beat 350 miles on a bike without all the normal clobber! Shame lids are compulsory, as if ever there was a day for giving them a miss - that would be the day!
As a result of this Rally, we have been invited over to Castellon this September for the Big Twin Rally; bring it on!