Spain 2018

C.A.M trip to the Picos Mountains in Spain 11th May 2018

On Wednesday the 9th of May the group met up for an evening meal and to discuss the itinerary, preparations, clear up any last minute queries and make final arrangements for meeting up ready for the off on the 11th.

A group of 9 members on 7 bikes (3 BMW’s, 3 Honda’s and 1 Suzuki) left Exleby services on the A19 at 10:10 and after a trouble free dry ride of over 300 miles we arrived at the Premier Inn in Portsmouth for an overnight stay.

The following morning we boarded the ferry for the 30 hour crossing to Bilbao, the Bay of Biscay was a little bumpy but nothing to concern hardy bikers. We arrived at the port the following afternoon and set off for our accommodation in Llanes (Yanes) where we met the 10th member of the group who was riding a Triumph.

Monday 14th May 2018

On the first of our planned rides the weather was quite cloudy and a little wet but eventually the cloud cleared and the day became bright and sunny. We travelled to Covadonga for our first refreshment stop before heading further into the mountains where we were treated to magnificent views.

Over the next week the conditions continued in a similar vein with temperatures as high as 21c.

Tuesday 15th May 2018

A ride up to Mirador El Fitu view point where the views of the spectacular snow capped mountains and valleys awaited us and gave fantastic photo opportunities. We then continued on the winding roads through numerous towns and villages back to our accommodation.

Wednesday 16th May 2018

We set off in the direction of Riano again passing through towns and villages too numerous to mention. Fortunately the only thing that didn’t change was the scenery with every turn presenting a different and more spectacular vista. One view in particular was that of a dam and the deep gorge beyond. Unfortunately, because of the geography of the area, it was not possible to stop for photos. On the demanding roads progress was quite sedate, with very little opportunity to get out of 2nd gear, hence the reason it took 9 hours (including rest stops) to travel the 180 miles.

Thursday 17th May 2018

A day of rest to explore Llanes and it’s lovely beaches and also giving us the chance to enjoy a couple of refreshing beers.

Friday 18th May 2018

A day spent on much quicker roads gave the chance to use higher gears on sweeping bends.
The food everywhere was reasonably priced and good, it also included wine.

Saturday 19th May 2018

Our last day and we will be heading to Santander for the crossing back to Portsmouth arriving Sunday for our overnight stay before travelling back to Teesside on Monday.
All in all we had a great week enjoying good roads, fantastic scenery and good company.

A special thank you goes to our social secretary Ann Atkinson for the work she has done in organising the trip from booking the ferries and hotel to plotting / planning the routes as well as leading the rides. A great week Ann, a massive thanks from the whole group.

Scotland 2017

11 of us met at Wolviston services for our trip up to Arrochar, we took the scenic route for the first 100 miles or so then picked up what has to be one of the nicest motorways I’ve ever been on. Temperatures soared as we rode hitting a heady 29 degrees. 

Our hotel could be described as mediocre but adequate, probably given the choice I don’t think I’d use it again, but hey ho you live and learn :-).

The forecast for the weekend had not been good but we were very lucky with the weather and didn’t get much rain at all.

Saturday we went over to Dukes Pass, Aberfeldy and Crianlarich, Sunday was to Tighnabruaich, Glen Coe and the Green Welly, not necessarily in that order. We had to deviate from the route as there had been a fatal accident heading towards Inveraray and couldn’t get to the original route. 

The forecast for the journey home had been awful with east being best so we headed towards Edinburgh then Jedburgh, where we stopped for lunch. It rained prior to us getting to the lunch stop and was nearly dry as we left. Overall we were very lucky with the weather. 

As we travelled back there was an incident where a car load of younsters lost an argument with a grassy bank and ended up losing control of the car, ending up on our side of the road. At this point we did traffic control until the police arrived. We then picked up our homeward journey. All in all I think everyone had a good time, I received positive feedback and no negative as far as I am aware.

 

Ann Atkinson