Reading Local Ride Out, 18.01.09
Reading's first ride out of 2009 took place on Sunday 18th of January. The ride was intended to be kept fairly short and local to Reading as the weather couldn't be guaranteed at this time of year. The forecast earlier in the week wasn't too good with rain and high winds predicted. However the day turned out very nice with good periods of sunshine and mostly dry roads. The run left Sainsbury's petrol station a little latter than planned due to one person being late, me! A total of six made the ride out, Mick (CBF1000), Taz (Varadero), Bryan (CBF1000), Bob (Pan), Chris (VFR400R) and a visitor, Jonathan (VFR800) from Kingston.
We made our way eastwards along the M4 to Junction 11 and headed south past our normal branch meeting place of The Swan public house in Three Mile Cross. We headed for Hartley Wintney in north Hampshire before turning westwards on to the A30 and proceeding to Hook. We crossed the M3 and made our way into North Warnborugh for our scheduled lunch stop at The Jolly Miller. The pub offered good food and a friendly welcome. We decided that as the weather was so nice we would extend the run and venture further into Hampshire. After lunch we rode south past RAF Odiham and made for Alton where we picked up the A32 and headed down the Meon Vally to the West Meon Hut and Loomies Cafe, a regular bikers haunt. After hot drinks we left and made for Winchester along the A272 where we joined the A31 and headed east. At Alton we split up and headed off to our respective homes. A most enjoyable ride out as the weather was very good for this time of year, thanks to Mick for putting together an interesting route.
Chris, Bryan, Taz, Mick, Jonathan and Bob at Loomies Cafe, West Meon
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