A number of members attended the first Nightingale House Charity Fund-raising ride-out on Sunday 17th April.
This was the first time the Hospice Fund-raisers had arranged such an event and it was a very well run first event.
The ride-out was scheduled to start from the car-park of the Llangollen Pavilion, the permanent base of the Eisteddfod. The car park facilities are large enough to cater for number of bikes expected (and hoped for).
Our ride started off with meeting Joanna (on her Spyder) and Ed and Q, Nigel and Stuart at Mold.
Unfortunately, Nigel was suffering from a severe back pain and he made the decision to quit and head home before he aggravated the pain even more, a decision which was very wise as the roads on the ride-out were quite rough due to poor maintenance.
Following a leisurely ride over Llandegla and the Horseshoe Pass we arrived at the Pavilion and soon parked up in the sun to keep the bike seats warm as the temperature was very low. The Hospice had arranged for a drinks and butty van to be present at the start and the owner was making a very lucrative trade at the time of our arrival.
While we were parking up I saw that Phil and Gaynor were already parked up. We were also joined by Linda and Nigel on his Spyder, and Shaun and Angie.
Over the next three quarters of an hour the car-park steadily filled up with bikes and trikes, and everyone was requested to register.
Following a welcome and briefing, the ride commenced at 11am, with the marshals setting off at the front as expected.
We re-traced our route back up the Horseshoe pass and at the roundabout junction of the A542 and the A5104, we turned left and traveled down the A5104 to the outskirts of Corwen, then looping back on the A494 towards Ruthin.
At Ruthin we turned onto the A525 towards Denbigh, where we were marshaled into parking areas by A & D Motorcycles which was the scheduled tea-stop along the route. Sam’s Cafe did a roaring trade for the next half hour and plenty of use was made of the facilities available.
Following the break, we set off again over Denbigh Moors. At several points I had very good views of the road ahead and I was able to see a line of motorcycles well over a mile ahead of me and out of view in the distance.
At Pentrefoelas, we were directed towards Betws along the A5 road, again making a long snake of bikes.
After traveling through Betws (where a few bikes turned off towards the usual parking place) we continued up to the Swallow Falls Hotel where we were directed into the car-park at the conclusion of the ride-out.
We had our butties at this point and the organisers drew the raffle for the donated prizes, and thanked all the attendees for taking part in this event.
I hope that the funds raised justified the organisation of the event.
I decided to head home at this time with Stuart, on a leisurely ride via Clocaenog Forest, while Jo, Ed and Q and Nigel and Linda wanted to ride further.
We left them to continue on and ride up the Crimea Pass to Blaenau Festiniog before they returned home later in the afternoon.
For me it was a very enjoyable, well run event which helped to raise funds for a really worthy cause. I hope that another run is organised next year.
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Pictures by Jo and Gaynor