JIM'S AFTERNOON RUN. 22/09/18
Well, the Met Office changed their mind overnight and the forecast changed from fine to very wet. The clouds duly obliged and most of us got drenched on the way to the start at Belper. Despite this, sixteen machines set out into the rain.
Jim led us through Holloway and Dethick and on Northwards to Holymoorside. We continued towards the Hope Valley and then headed back and explored the lanes to the North of Matlock, some of which were unfamiliar to most of us.
Circumstances dictated that I took the modern Bonneville and that became a handful with two people aboard on the muddy, gravelly, potholed roads around Uppertown. The road near Kelstedge was particularly challenging and Jim admitted at the end that he had not used it for years and now he remembered why!
We went on through Milltown, Ashover Hay and back through Holloway to a warm cuppa at Whatstandwell.
Just under fifty miles in total and Jim managed to impress us all once again.
Derek had brought his grandson, James, who rode a modern Yamaha with him and when I asked James how he enjoyed the run he said he was thinking “Wow, these guys are hardcore. I wouldn't have ridden these roads on my own!” Praise indeed.