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September 2020

Ride to Wales – last one before lockdown 2?

Weekend of the 19th September, met up with Andy and Mark from the Wiltshire RoADAR, RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders, group, for a weekend blast to Wales.

By sheer coincidence, we went to Aberystwyth – place just outside called New Cross.

The route this time was different to July’s trip, but the weather was better! No rain this time and a whole lot less busy with traffic so all was good.

Just under 400 miles covered over the two days.

Video and Relive videos below:

Hope you enjoy what could be the last weekend away this year! Fingers crossed we can still get out for day rides.

Ride with friends

As touring is tricky this year, certainly anything longer than a weekend, it doesn’t stop me from riding with friends. It was even better that the weather stayed dry and warm too.

This particular ride is again from Simon Weir’s Biker’s Britain book, called the Salisbury Loop. We rode most of it, but tweaked it in a couple of places. I say tweaked, we missed a couple of turns!!

Starting at the Three Trees Cafe in Chiseldon, we headed north across the M4 towards Wanborough. Following the road that leads to Wantage, turning off at Uffington.

This road was the only tricky one due to it being narrow, gritty in places especially on bends and in some places, steep turns. But, still great fun.

Heading along country lanes we went towards Burford, Bibury and stopped for coffee in the central square in Cirencester.

From here, we headed through to Devizes and out towards the Haven Cafe, Firsdown near Salisbury for lunch.

Then, time was getting on, and as I was supposed to be cooking dinner, we headed back up towards Swindon via Marlborough. But avoiding the boring A419, took the long way back via Wroughton, Wootton Bassett and Purton.

The route (almost) is shown below. Some strange things went on heading to Devizes and from Marlborough!!

Next ride is back into Wales, so looking forward to that one – that’s in a couple of weeks! Time to get the Tiger cleaned and prepped!!

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