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North Yorks Moor Run 2018

by

Philip Hardcastle

"An ad-hoc gathering of friends for some hooliganism on the Moors" in not my tag line, but Geoff Hemmingway's words sum up perfectly a great weekend spent in Geoff's homeland of the North York Moors for a bit of Pembling fun.

A busy end of term calendar prevented me from travelling to Rosedale on the Friday evening, where Tom, Colin, Jock, Duncan, Dave, Rob, Mike, Peter, Kevin, Geoff and Sam had already gathered at the Yorkshire Bunkhouse in Rosedale which had been commandeered by Geoff and Sam for the weekend.

Unfortunately I was lacking in the respect of not having the appropriate transport – yet an offer to ride shotgun in Sam's car for the two Saturday runs seemed too good an opportunity to miss. Not only that but I was stuck on some build points so the chance to take some pictures of other builds was high on my agenda for the day (as was to collect a handbrake assembly from Sam – hopefully more on that in a future edition).

Arriving on Saturday morning I met the gang at the rather lovely Abbey Tea Rooms, and after a quick brew it was time to get going. Sam – a man who seems to know the moors like no other – had planned a short 36 mile route to get us started and we duly set off at exactly 10.06. I will admit at this point that it was my job to take some videos of the event, which I duly did but they are not great and need editing – at some pint I'll post up but it could be a summer holiday job I think! I was also happy to see another ‘Pembeltoneer' had turned up sans car; Mike was riding with Rob for the weekend, and although I didn't catch the reason for his car not being there, the words 'height restriction' were whispered at some point…

We enjoyed a scenic route on the morning with a real mix of being ‘on the tops' and then down in the dales – hopefully someone else will be able to post the route because it's well worth driving it, even in a modern car. For me personally it was another Pembleton experience as my first ride in a big block Guzzi – what a great engine for the job. A quick stop at Danby Beacon gave us the only slight gremlin in that Tom's Visser-style mudguard stay had broken. A quick rummage in the tool box and he produced some of the most enormous cable ties I have even seen – quite something! I'm not sure of their intended use, and obviously I wouldn't want to cast aspersions on an internet forum…

Back towards Rosedale and we stopped at the White Horse Farm Inn for a light lunch and de-brief. Some great ales and food were on offer here and the group were set to return later that day for their evening meal which I'm sure would have been great. I'm also informed that it was that evening when Duncan ordered his 'Double Espresso' –see pic below! It was also nice to see a photo of Geoff's Valentine pinned up behind the bar. The sun had come out by this point which meant replacing the goggles with sunglasses – a welcome change. The afternoon run was a monster – 86 miles of (in Sam's words) "challenging roads".

The afternoon stretch was made all the more interesting with Sam's encyclopaedic knowledge of the moors – I would have paid for the guided tour! Again, a map is needed, but I can recall the trip down Sutton Bank, then up the (brilliant) White Horse Bank. Sam's Guzzi engine pulling brilliantly with the new carbs he had fitted only the month before.

Tramping on trough hamlets and small villages was a joy, with the obligatory Pembleton waves from spectators of our fun. An afternoon stop at a tiny village tea room which I can't remember the name of was a real joy. As a country boy I'm well used to being ‘back in time' but this was something else. £1.50 for tea and £2.00 is all I really need to tell you! We sat outside in the sun and enjoyed the Pembleton-based chat over a cup of Yorkshire tea. Is there really any better way to spend a Saturday?

About this time it was Peter's turn to have some car woes. His Grasshopper was quite a bit lower on one side and had been grounding with two up. The decision was quickly made to keep going, but maybe be less enthusiastic with the driving! More of the same was to continue through the afternoon before an en-masse fuel stop in Helmsley, then it was back to Rosedale where I had to say my goodbyes as I had promised Chloe a take-away as a treat (ever the generous type!).

A great event, made all the better by fantastic planning (from Sam and Geoff), Weather (the big man) and the people (from this very forum).

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