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Poole Quay Bike Night - 12.08.09

It was a beautiful afternoon when we met up at the Countess Service area at Amesbury on the A303.  Mick (CB1000R), Bob and Michelle (ST1100), Mia (VT750) Jon (VFR800) and Chris (VFR750) all arrived in plenty of time for a drink and chat before setting off for Poole with another 14 bikes.  Although most of the group were from the Wiltshire Branch we were joined by Michael from West London and two new members.
Theo led the first part of the run past Stonehenge, through Wilton and down to a service station on the edge of Salisbury where Glyn took over as leader.  We then headed south on the A338 to Fordingbridge and then Ringwood encountering quite a lot of traffic on the way.  At Ringwood we picked up the A31, skirted around Bournemouth to Wimborne and then dropped down into Poole.  With the weather being so nice it was always going to be busy but the quay was absolutely packed with bikes and we had to park up in the overflow park some half a mile up the road.
I would guess there were about 2000 bikes present, with all styles represented including a display of trikes.
Most of us decided on a fish and chip supper followed by ice cream which was pretty good.  At this point it gave us a chance to meet up with fellow HOC member Darren Millard, who was down in Dorset with his family.
After wandering around the quay for a while it soon started to become dark and so we returned to the bike park.  Our ride home took us off in different directions with my preferred route being the M27 and M3.  Although I had to stop for a while at Southampton, I was home at 11.30 after a very enjoyable evening.
Countess Services meeting point
Time for a chat
Some more of the bikes
Honda Rune 1800
Briefing time
Overflow bike park at Poole
Some of our bikes
Blue skies above Brownsea Island
Wiltshire's Theo
Bikes and boats
Interesting trike and trailer
Town Quay was busy
Superb craftsmanship on this OCC style chopper
One of the many custom cruisers on show



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Meets at the The Swan, Basingstoke Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading RG7 1AT
on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm.

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