Eagle Riders Ride Report
bikes and riders with two passengers left Land’s End at 12.45pm Saturday 28 and had a tough time getting along the A30
due to traffic congestion.
all met up for a short break and a quick cuppa at motorway services just north of Bristol around 15.00 with our recovery vehicle,
who just seemed to appear like magic behind us whenever we stopped.
we rode on, one motorway just merged into another until we got to Stirling about 02.00am on Sunday 29th, where
we tried to get a couple of hours sleep.
cold was getting to us all by this time and hot coffee and a plate of chips was all that was on the menu but we were glad
hours later around 4am, we got ready for the push onto the end. The roads were clear of traffic at this time so we made
good time. This time of the morning it was really cold, even with extra clothing, but we pressed on and arrived at Aviemore
at 6.15, where we fuelled up, for what we thought was going to be the last time.
thought we would stop one more time before our final destination as it was a Sunday and open fuel stations were a bit thin
on the ground and we just wanted to make sure we never run out a few miles from JOG.
last stop for fuel was at Brora – with about 66 miles to go. This was by far the longest and coldest 66 miles
I had ever ridden. By this time the roads were wet and we even had a shower of hailstones, the group began to fragment, each
one riding to suit the conditions and dug deep for that last extra effort.
only about 13 miles to go, at last we saw the last turning for John O’Groats. We saw our hotel we were to stay in, but
everyone rode straight past and headed straight for the famous signpost that marked the end of our journey. We were
all overwhelmed that we had achieved what we had set out to do, to ride from one end of the country to the other within 24
was totally amazed that our only female rider, Loz Bielby, on the smallest of the Harley motorcycle range, was less than a
minute behind me as we arrived at John O’Groats at 10.30am on Sun 29th July.
amazing fact is the oldest rider in the group – 65 year old Don (James Wright) left Land’s End with the group
and arrived in John O’Groats at 07.30am – three hours before us.
ride for the rest of the group was a total of 21hrs and 15min’s, as for Don an amazing 18 hrs and 15min’s you
can’t beat experience with youth.
the return journey whilst about to overtake a van, the vans side window burst, showering all the bikes and riders with fragments
of glass. Luckily we were all wearing full protective clothing and nobody was hurt.
none of the bikes broke down, one did have to be trailored the last 150 miles home, due to a large bulge appearing on the
tyre wall, which could have blown out at any time.
return journey home through Scotland gave us the opportunity to see some of the spectacular scenery and appreciate the wonderful
roads there for riding.
estimate that we have raised between �3000 to �3500 for the Rainbow Centre but the most important thing was we all made it
home safe and well, all be it a bit tired.
Lance Hindley (Goose)
Chris Corlass (Saint
James Wright (Don)
Dave Coombs (2Jags) + wife Jane Coombs (Pillion)
Mike & Maria Fennemore Driving Support van and trailer