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My good friend Ian wanted to do a re-run of a route that we first did back in 2008 and had managed to get a day off work to do it biggrin

So I dusted off the old route and made a few minor changes to accommodate a starting point from TTR Steve's place at Hatherleigh. 

We had four riders: Ian on a KTM, Jim on a WR450F and Steve and I on TTR250s.

The TTRs behaved impeccably other than I had left the GPS charger hooked up and flattened the battery and Steve also had a flat battery - thank goodness for the kickstarts! Once going, they started on the button for the rest of the day. Oddly enough the other two bikes were also having starting problems but more of that later.

We arrived at Steve's in a bit of a downpour so waited until the rain had blown over before setting off. 

The first lane of the day near Bradford showed evidence of the amount of rain we had recently!

Jim through the puddle.JPG

 

Beautiful views whilst we catch our breath at the top of a nicely trick lane. Left to right - Steve, Ian and Jim.

Top of Buttsbear - Thurlibeer Lane 1.JPG

 

We hadn't ridden that many more lanes before the KTM spluttered to a halt. Turns out the battery earth bolt had stripped the thread in the aluminium frame and it was all hands on deck to bodge a fix. Not a clever design IMHO no

Cross Lanes to West Leigh - KTM troubles2.JPG

Cross Lanes to West Leigh - KTM troubles3.JPG

 

Although Ian had ridden the route before he confessed that he only remembered two of the lanes we rode! I think that Steve said that nearly all of them were first time rides for him.

This photo shows us after crossing a ford over Marsland Water - the boundary between Devon and Cornwall. We are on the Cornish side making our way through a network of green lanes to our lunch stop.

Ford over Marsland Water - Cornish side.JPG

 

View of the rugged "wreckers" coastline on the descent to Hartland Quay - Lundy Island just about visible in the background:

View over Hartland Quay.JPG 

 

Lunch outside at Hartland Quay

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It wasn't long after our lunch stop that Ian's KTM went on to reserve so we cut the route and made straight for Bideford, the nearest petrol station, to fill up. It brought home to me how isolated and sparsely populated North Devon/Cornwall really is.  The more strategic stations having gradually all closed down over the years. We can't move for petrol stations here in East Devon!

I think I had become dehydrated at this point and my head wasn't feeling too good so cut and run back to base on the main road leaving the others to finish the route.

Despite the headache, it was a great day in good company - thank you gents! smilesmile

Brian



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Brilliant - just how it should be done.

DIY work on the route, trust a KTM. hmm

Mrs Cubber & I were at the Wrecker's Retreat in 2005.

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and I tok this shot of Lundy, but that day it was a Tuesday. smile

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Great write up Brian and a joy to see the "lads" enjoying themselves.

Martyn

 



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Ace! At last I have worked out how to get the videos on here and not just a link!

I had a great day out with the elite of the Devon Trf smile I got myself invited along and had a fantastic time.

I had not done 95% of the lanes and that is always good to do. Lunch stop was great, not sure why the other 2 are looking so grumpy in the photo, maybe they wanted to get on with their foodwinkwink 

A real classic day out trail riding, lot's of adventures and a few dramas on the way!

Glad you are feeling better Brismile

Will post some more videos soon headbang.gif

Ps It's me doing the video!!!

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And if you click on the text at the top of the video it takes you to the full YouTube video!



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Would be interested to see the route

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Come out some time and I will take you around it! Open offer to anyone else.

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good to see some UK rides, looks cold & muddy but fun

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ttr steve wrote:


 The next video is just one huge puddle & again it looks cold

Terry



-- Edited by TerryK on Saturday 1st of April 2017 12:41:11 AM

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This one smile

 



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