Roy woke me up at 7.30 with the two choices, one was to leave early and maybe miss the rain or leave late and travel up in the rain. Hardly any choice as at all so we were out of the house by 9.00, complete with thermal undies to keep out the cold and waterproofs to keep out the rain. Yes it is Easter and we have had snow, ice and freezing rain in the past few days and the weather for the bank holiday was not forecast to be that great.
Roy and I met up with Ian, Denise, Alan, Helen, Jim, Jill, Terry, Josie and new members Glen and Kristine on their first Elite wings trip, at the McDonalds just off the M18. After a warming hot drink and freebie donut, we set off through the dry cold Yorkshire countryside.
As we rode along in convoy we passed through beautiful quiet villages, with large houses and picturesque cottages, where bushes of forsythia where beginning to bloom with brilliant yellow flowers. The countryside went from flat, with signs of the recent rains in the flooded fields to rolling hills. Swathes of nodding yellow daffodils lined the roads and waved at us as we passed by, I now realised how much I had missed being out on the bike during winter months.
As we passed through Wetherby to fill up for the next day we passed Dave and Janet, who were on their way to the Hotel.
We were soon booked in and after a welcome hot shower we headed down to the bar for a pre dinner drink. Richard and Christine had arrived, via Harrogate, where they had hoped to take tea at Betty’s tearoom but the sight of the queue had put them off, so they ventured off to another nearby café and had a cream tea there. Joanna and Nigel had also arrived from Wales, Nigel was soon snapping pictures. Dennis and Christine had ridden up on their own as they are having a new roof on the house and wanted to make sure it was all safe before leaving for the weekend.
Dinner was early tonight, so poor old Dave and Meg, who had waited for the rain to pass, arrived wet as the rain was delayed, so after a quick brush up they joined us for dinner.
After dinner Terry told us a little tale of taking his silver bike for a service and MOT and having it returned with a red front fender!!
The tale goes as follows: –
”Open the Gates Quick”
For “Winginit” know how there is no doubt, Ian C has what it takes.
However a note of caution, before driving off he should check his brakes.
During a Goldwing service he held a hidden agenda.
When he rammed his gates and crumpled the front fender.
Whilst trying to stop, from his boots came red hot sparks,
But I’ll leave it to Ian to describe the skid marks.
The moral of this story is, to preserve your inner pride.
Always test your brakes as per the IAM/Roadcraft guide.
Terry then presented Ian with a framed copy of the tale to remind him to test brakes before heading for the wrought iron gates at the end of his drive.
After much chat and some mind numbing quizzes, Nigel and Joanna were the first to disappear off to bed with a cup of hot. Chocolate?. “Hot Chocolate” is becoming quite popular in Elite circles. Slowly the rest of us disappeared to prepare for Saturdays ride out by getting a good nights sleep
Saturday – Roy’s Birthday
At breakfast Roy found a pile of cards by his plate and received lots of birthday wishes. Roy and I were ready to go on the ride, but I unfortunately had a dizzy spell and fell to the floor, so we decided not to ride the bike that day.
The others left at the allotted time and what follows are the snippets I picked up over Saturday dinner.
Helen was worried at the Trout farm she would be kept there but Alan assured, they do not keep the old ones!
Jan Turvey split her over trousers, doing what I am not sure.
Buttertubs Pass was open with blue skies and snow, there were some lovely roads, a bit gravelly and twisty and they had 10 minutes of rain which meant wet cobbles at Richmond, always fun.
Dennis bought Christine a new dress, which she wore down to dinner, and looked lovely, but then she always does.
Nigel kept getting a long thing out to take photos with, and it does give a different view.
Dave Purcheon run over some road kill and had earache from Meg, but it was already dead!
Jim and Jill waved to some lambs in a trailer and got very excited when the lambs waved back!!
Some road signs telling him to go slow because of the children fascinated Ian, he was therefore not looking where he was going and a sleeping policeman, hit full on! He then warned Alan who was in our usual place, back of the pack, who also was busy looking at the unusual sign and he also hit the same sleeping policeman. Advanced Observation skills zero!!
I think that everyone was suffering from too much sun and too much ice cream! Roy and I spent the day wandering around picturesque Wetherby, enjoying the sun, cake shops and flowers.
We all met up at dinner again, Glen and Kris had left the ride to go back to the children for Easter, sorry we didn’t say goodbye but I hope you enjoyed your first outing with us and we see you again soon. Taking their place were Nigel and Lynne, who we had not seen since Brighton, they were on their new deep blue bike, which really sparkles in the sun shine (well we found this out on the Sunday).
After dinner, which included a cake with everlasting candles for Roy and a hearty verse of “Happy Birthday”, Helen organised an Easter quiz which Dave and Meg won and Nigel and Lynne won a “ split face picture round”. Denise duly awarded prizes.
Nigel and Joanna slipped off again for “hot chocolate”.
We were greeted at breakfast by the Easter Chick (Denise) handing out Easter eggs to everyone and soon on the bikes in the clear dry morning light, to take in the delights of the North Yorks Moors. The roads were quiet and lined once again with nodding daffodils, passing York we headed to Helmsley, a lovely market town, for our first stop of the day.
Dave and Janet decided to carry on towards Whitby so we knew we would meet them there. After coffee we continued up over the moors where the snow scorched tundra was dappled by the sunshine, the weather being so clear afforded us beautiful views across the moors. We passed through the lovely village of Hutton –le- Hole, which had lush green lawns and white foamed babbling brooks running through. The residents were preparing for a duck race, but unfortunately we could not stop to take part.
Soon we could see the bluey grey North Sea between the hills and knew that Whitby and fish and chips were close by.
When we arrived at Whitby it was packed, there was a scooter meet on and everywhere was full of scooters and green parkas, just like in the 60’s (for those who remember the 60’s). We managed to squeeze ourselves in a parking space, Dave and Jan and Nigel and Joanna, decided to stop just to take a few pictures and then head off to Nigel’s favourite place Scarborough.
After the obligatory Whitby Fish and Chips we were back on the bikes ready to make for the tea stop!!. There were black clouds on the horizon, so Ian decided to take us off route and circumnavigate the storm, which worked quite well until we came across the gravel, farmer’s mud slurry, hailstones stinging the face and ducks swimming in the water which was suppose to be the road, off route meant off road!.
Somehow we all arrived at the tea stop, we got a little split up because the riveting conversation on the CB’s about politics between Dave P and Dennis, caused Jim and Roy to miss the turning so we took a slightly different route.
The Teashop was lovely, and the homemade scones and cream were delicious and the setting with its artefacts for sale was very interesting.
After tea we said good bye to Dave P and Meg, they had to head home, and we made our way back to the Hotel to get ready for dinner.
Dave T and Nigel were already back, after having fish and chips followed by ice cream in sunny Scarborough.
After another meal, we sat around in our usual Elite wings circle and Nigel brought down his laptop to show us all the photos he had taken over the weekend. I am hoping to get them on to the website.
I think we all retired early, after our busy weekend.
This was suppose to have been the weekend Alan organised but our thanks to Ian who arranged the weekend, we had a brilliant time and look forward to seeing everyone again in the near future.
P.S. A gallery full of loads of photos from the trip (mostly from Nigel Mackintosh) are in the Photos section of this website, but I’ve recreated it below for you.