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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:41 am 
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A ride for all Members through Kent and East Sussex.

Rendevous at the car park at Thurrock Services on the M25 for an 09.30 departure.

There will be a T&P stop after 40 miles and a lunch stop in Rye after another 40 miles and then a comfort stop at Beachy Head after another 25 miles.

Please arrive at the start with a full tank.

I would welcome an experienced rider to volunteer as a sweeper.

A Route Plan is attached. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:43 am 
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Hi Geoff,

Do you have GPS map file?
I really fed up with getting lost :) it would be quite useful
Thanks
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Ibrahim


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:13 pm 
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Geoff, I would be happy to act as back marker.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:10 pm 
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Hi Geoff,
I will be happy to sweep if required if not see u anyway.
Cheers PeteR


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:13 pm 
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Chris/Peter,

Thank you both for your kind offers but John T has volunteered his services.

Ibrahim, there is a Route Plan attachment with my initial posting, it's a bit puzzleing how you go adrift when using the marker system man :o


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:57 pm 
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Geoff Preston wrote:
... it's a bit puzzleing how you go adrift when using the marker system man :o


:-) In the August 2003 edition of TUG I published a seven-point guide to subverting the marker system. Perhaps it is time to resurrect it for a new generation of bikers?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:21 pm 
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I don't think it's Perhaps Chris, more yes we should. :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:53 pm 
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The bikes were a bit scattered around at Thurrock so it was difficult to know how many were on the run; initially I thought thirteen, including Joe on an Indian which made a Goldwing look lightweight. The route was ingenious, but I still believe that the local county councils, having discovered that they got a good discount for 50 limit plates by the thousand, tried to justify the purchase. We did get a couple of drops of rain, but the weather otherwise was pretty good. The teashop at Biddenden was closed, so we had a natter break instead. Then, as back marker, I had the weird experience of being the first to arrive at Rye, and after Geoff had turned up rode back to relieve markers from the front; a personal first. As to how I beat the leader - it is a long and unconvincing story. Beachy Head was incredibly windy, but we did not dally there for long. I think it was on the way back that we lost two riders, but still seemed to be left with the same number of bikes. After Tunbridge Wells the route was very urban. Posted distance for the run was 175 miles, which was probably about right since I did 210, which agreed with my estimate of 35 for backtracking, chasing after lost souls etc. Many thanks to Geoff for organising the run. A few pictures have been posted.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:25 am 
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Thanks to all the riders and pillions for your good company and to Chris in particular for volunteering, at short notice, to sweep the group.

I did so many backtracks I didn't know whether I was coming or going. :lol:

Arriving at Rye car park and seeing the sweeper and one other already there completely blew my mind. After some discussion I am none the wiser as to how the situation came about but, Hey Ho, all's well etc.

Once again the filtering skills were put to the test on the Northern tunnel approach, did someone say that removing the toll booths would allow the traffic to move quicker? Ummmm :?

Love the Indian Joe. :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:09 pm 
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My thanks to Chris for sweeping, I did volunteer but enjoyed not having the responsibility. On second thoughts, maybe I should have and then I'd have been in the front of the queue for cod and chips!

The route and ride was great but being sent down the wrong road by a marker, who shall remain anonymous, meant I had to make my own way to Beachy Head but meant I did get there first in the queue for the ice cream. Windy at the top though.

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