Ironbridge July 2011
The weather of late has been a bit hit and miss, do I pack rain gear, do I pack summer gear? I opted for the summer gear. It turned out to be the right choice it was a hot cloudless Saturday and dry overcast Sunday, but still hot. I packed the bags onto my Pan at 6:00 pm and set off.
The Brewery do a “normal” breakfast, and a large breakfast, being a growing lad I always opt for the large. (Hence the light meal the night before) People who haven’t been before usually comment “OH my god how are you going to eat all that?” (I’ve been nicknamed Mr. Upgrade by Roger the owner.) I’m a good boy though and usually clean my plate. This time my Saturday morning breakfast was, 4 sausages, 6 rashers of Bacon, 2 slices of fried bread, 3 fried eggs, about ½ a tin of tomatoes, 4 slices of black pudding, a huge pile of mushrooms bread and butter and a coffee. I fought a noble battle but lost to an egg and some tomatoes.
Gavin had organised the Saturday ride out to The Élan valley http://www.elanvalley.org.uk/
Again knowing I was in for a hammering at breakfast I opted for fish, chips & a salad. Gavin opted for the large Steak!! Fiona the Brewery’s Chef assumed the Steak was for me and piled the plate high. Poor Gavin didn’t know what hit him, and barely managed a third of what he was given.
After a freshen up Alan, Colin, Gavin, Roger and myself headed to a local pub called the boat, where we sat in the garden sipping beer and putting the world to rights. Colin and I managed to stay until we were booted out by the landlord a little after midnight.
We sat for a good hour after breakfast chatting. The real reason was that none of us could move, but eventually packed our bags and loaded the bikes. This is when Gavin discovered he had a flat battery and the bike wouldn’t start. Picture 3 Bikers all in their kit, pushing Gavin and his CBF up and down the pub car park hoping it was going to start and all wishing we hadn’t eaten so much! We had to give up despite a valiant effort and Gavin rang his breakdown people. While he waited for the truck to arrive, the rest of us rode into Ironbridge as Colin hadn’t been with us before. While he and Roger took photos Alan and I sat with an ice cream watching the world and his wife go by. We then visited the Maws craft centre which was sadly almost deserted. Alan brought a lovely pair of earrings; he did however insist they were for his wife. We had yet another coffee then went back to see how Gavin was doing.
Gavin’s bike was running in the car park, so happily we set off with the original 5 we’d arrived with. On the way home we stopped at Bridgnorth and walked around by the castle, opted for the scenic route home via the A44 having a bit of a play up Fish hill and stopping for cream teas at Moreton in marsh. Just as we got to the Peartree roundabout and I’m thinking that went well, I headed up the A34 slip with Colin behind, but no sign of the others. Colin passed me as we had agreed he was going to set off towards Newbury and then home, but the others were nowhere to be seen.
I’d like to thank those who made the effort to come for another brilliant weekend.
Roger and Bob at the valley
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