31 October 2016

Ride Out for Kelly - October 30th 2016 - Report

From five of us at the Meldrews' meeting point there were only two of us, me and Cal,  that made the ride to the Ride Out starting point in Canterbury. There we found that the local scooter clubs had turned up in large numbers and on a range of scooters form the 1960's right up to latest model four-strokes.

There were fewer motorcycles though and that was a little embarrassing after the publicity the run had been given locally.  

Not that I hadn't seen plenty of bikes on the road to and from the event.  

In the end we had donations from the non-attending Meldrews (well most of them) and this was handed into the run organiser.  Amounting to just short of £1600 in cash and some online donations made from people's phones to justgiving.

The run itself was along the A257 to Sandwich and then to Deal and then ending at Dover seafront.  Our group was led by a bloke on a GoldWing.  What a prat.  On an open section leading about forty assorted scooters and bike he did 30mph.  We all bunched up and there were cars getting mixed up with us. 

The guys on the 125cc scooters could cope with 50mph and were getting more frustrated than me, I was unable to run top gear even.  

Then he lef us into Sandwich.  An old town with narrow one-way streets, then after that the wrong way so we ended up u-turning to get out.  Cal and I passed a load on the way to the Magnet pub in Deal where we had a break. It was just after 1pm when we arrived.

When the run leader announced we were to leave at 2pm (!) at 1.30pm I decided to call it a day and head home.  

I have to balance a life out on the bike with a family home life and both are precious to me. Perhaps if I was single I'd be able to devote more time to one or more of my pastimes.

I was home about 2.15pm and had a spot of lunch before taking the dog out for a walk and a bit of a rest!

Once again, Red Pepe was the perfect gentleman.

#doingitforkelly #rideoutforkelly

27 October 2016

Ride Out for Kelly - October 30th 2016

This Sunday I am hoping to get out on this run for charity. It's for a local girl that needs some very expensive treatment that can't be funded on the National Health Service and is available only in the US.

That life saving medicine can cost $1m is a disgrace in the first place but that there is no insurance that covers it is equally bad.

So it is for the community to come together and raise the necessary funds to help save a life.



In July some thieves stole the collection from a local shop in Hythe. Despite the cctv video being shared thousands of times on social media and the TV, no one has ever been caught. A women and her teenage son were clearly seen stealing it.  Someone knows who they are and they haven't been turned it to the police or for some local justice.

So as well as having the just giving page to donate, bikers and scooterists will take a collection on this run.  it has been published across the South East and on TV as well as biker sites.  Hopefully there will be a massive turnout.

Service Time

It will be soon that time of year when a find out how much a kidney sells for as I raise the funds for a service.  Okay, it's not that bad, but I doubt it will be inexpensive.

As I haven't made it to the 10000 miles service interval it has been booked in for the annual service. Hopefully that will require fewer body parts being traded.

Before then there a few rides where I can make thew odometer look a little more respectable.

11 October 2016

Ring of Red

This year the Ring of Red will be on 13th November. The official Remembrance Sunday.

We are too busy to actually have Remembrance Day on November 11th when it is supposed to be so the nearest Sunday suffices.

This year I plan to head up the A2 to Cobham Services and see if any Meldrews turn up and then about 1230 head up to the meeting place at Thurrock Services.

Hopefully the weather will be kind again.

Report and pix to follow - and they are here.....


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