Cotswold Motoring Museum
I love Derbyshire so I just had to let you know about the following recent Blog post by The Wandering Walton's.
Ray's a great guy and very passionate biker, his Blog posts are always very inspiring, you can also follow Ray on Twitter
The Grim Riders charity ride for 2013 involves visiting landmarks from two different rides and includes a variety of locations in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as well as several in Belgium, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
I've created a Google Map of all the locations and I will update this map as and when we visit these landmarks as well as posting photos and write-ups of our adventures this year on the main 2013 Bike Rides web page.
If your interested in helping raise money for charity and want a good excuse to get out on your bike, head over to the Grim Ridlers MCC website.
Congratulations to Ray Walton who completed his epic 6,709 mile celebration of the Olympic's by visiting all 110 medal winners golden postbox within 22 days.
The Wandering Walton's: The Wandering Walton’s quest for Olympic Gold …. “...: Tuesday 13 th November – Day 18 Daily Mileage 204 – Total 6709 To be honest this is going to be one of ...
Breakfast at Queenswood Cafe in Hereford.
Queenswood Cafe is a lovely restored timber framed building that’s within the Queenswood Country Park in Hereford, its located almost halfway between where Bonzo and Ray live and where the rest of us live so it seemed to perfect place to arrange to meet up and have a breakfast!
Bob and Bonzo headed west to Aberystwyth in search of Sun, Sea and Sandwiches.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Empowerment Sculpture in Lincoln.
Finally after about 10 years I've added Quatford Food Stop to our list of Biker Friendly Cafes.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Dream sculpture in St. Helens.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Another Place sculpture in Crosby.
A few pictures of one of our rides around the Peak District.
Once again Bob, Bonzo, and Ray headed across France and Spain in search of something....
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Crucifixion sculpture in Winchester.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the First Fleet sculpture in Portsmouth.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Family of Man sculpture in Snape Maltings.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Hand & Molecule sculpture in Ramsgate.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Orbit sculpture in London.
In March we had a little ride into Wales for an ice cream at Aberystwyth.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Heavens Gate sculpture in Horningsham.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Alliance sculpture in Cardiff.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Spring sculpture in Leamington Spa.
As part of the Grim Riders Sculpture Ride 2012 we paid a visit to the Quantum Leap sculpture in Shrewsbury.
The Grim Riders charity ride of 2012 details have just been announced and is called the Sculpture Trail.
As with all the previous Grim Riders charity rides, the aim of the challenge is to visit as many of the 20 (up from 16 from the previous years) public sculptures around the UK between January and December 2012 and depending upon the number of sculptures you manage to get photographic evidence of visiting you get awarded a certificate:
Bronze Award - visit any 5 sculptures
Silver Award – visit any 10 sculptures
Gold Award – visit any 15 sculptures
Special Gold Award – visit 16 sculptures
All money raised by entering the charity ride go to as per-previous years goes to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance which has currently raised over £4,881.
If your interested in further details, check out the links below.
Grim Riders MCC Website
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
This years Grim Riders charity ride in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is based on visiting as many of the designated castles around the UK (and one in Ireland) as you can between January and December 2011.
Unfortunately due to one thing and other this year looks like the 1st year that non of us will have managed to visit all 15 castles and gain a Grim Riders gold certificate.
The current (as of November) number of castles visited is:
- Bob - 8 castles, bronze award
- Bonzo - 8 castles, bronze award
- Rig - 8 castles, bronze award
- Andy - 8 castles, bronze award
You can also check out our Goggle Map that shows where the castles are and which ones we have visited and which ones we failed to visit.
Even though we didn't manage to visit all of the castles for this years Grim Rider charity ride we are all still looking forward to 2012 to find out what Grim has in-store for us for next years charity ride.
Grim Riders MCC Website
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Another surprisingly warm Saturday in September and while we were seated around Bob’s kitchen table drinking tea and putting the world to rights Bob happened to mention that he fancied a pasty from Eleys Pie Shop in Ironbridge, this was like a red rag to a bull, the mention of food top a bunch of hungry bikers so we jumped, hobbled and tottered over to our bikes and headed north west in the pursuit of well-made pastry and meat and a can of coke.
The ride to Ironbridge to be fair isn’t very exciting as there are not many interesting routes but once we arrived at Ironbridge we parked up with a few other bikes at the end of its famous bridge which just so happened to be right opposite Eleys Pie Shop.
Instead of marvelling at the architecture or the beauty of the area or even learning something from one of the ten award-winning museums we sat down outside Eleys Pie Shop and ate pies, drank diet coke and enjoyed the sunshine. A perfect day!
A few more pointless photos can be seen on the website.
On one of the warmest days of the year, instead of staying indoors and cool we decided to head south and have a wander around Wiltshire. Go figure!
We started the day by meeting up with Ray and Bonzo at George White Motorcycles in Swindon, this gave us the opportunity to use the fantastic A429 fosse way almost most of the way to Swindon.
Once we arrived it was about time for breakfast, so we headed inside to the 1st floor café inside George Whites showroom so an acceptable if unspectacular fry up.
Once breakfast had been consumed we decided to head south on the A338, A346, A360 and finally ended up at Stonehenge, but as we are cheap skates and didn’t want to pay the £7.50 to look at a bunch of rocks when headed back north towards Chippenham and after a wave good bye to Bonzo and Ray as they peeled left on the M4 we headed back towards Cirencester and the delights of the fosse way home.
As usual there are a number of photos on the website.