The Ride as a Pillion

Written by Veronica Addis It is fair to say that as pillion my life on the Memorial Ride was a lot easier than for those actually riding motorbikes. That’s not to say it wasn’t without challenges, however. I admit I was a little sceptical at first; sat doing nothing for hours on end was something I never did, …

Day Eight – Ashington to Home

I’m writing this blog post sat at my own dining table in my kitchen, listening to the washing machine having sorted out our bags and had a drink. It’s been a really fantastic week, but we all agree it is good to be home. Time to relax. Today started a little soggy, but thankfully it …

Day Seven – Inverness to Ashington

It has been another glorious day for riding our motorbikes. Today we started our journey back home, starting in Inverness. We had well over 200 miles to travel so we chose the direct route, which lead us down the A9 over the Cairngorms – more stunning views including snow capped mountains and rolling hills. We …

Day Six – Fort William to Inverness via Dunnet Head

What a glorious day! Bright sunshine, clear skies, nice roads, and the last of our four compass points of mainland Great Britain. Starting in Fort William we headed north on the A82 to Inverness, along the edge of Loch Ness – we didn’t spot Nessie (sadly) but we did all admire the perfectly flat water …

Day Five – East Kilbride to Fort William via Ardnamurchan Point

After leaving our lodgings we headed to the motorway through Glasgow (where we had a slight mishap with the junctions and some of us saw a little more of the city than we were planning) and then over Erskine Bridge and up alongside Loch Lomond to Luss for a short get-off. The weather was being …

Day Four – Stafford to East Kilbride

Today we spent most of the day cloud spotting – rain clouds that is. Lots of rain clouds with plenty of rain falling from them. We knew we’d get wet at some point this week; it was inevitable because it’s a motorbike trip and therefore has to rain at some point. Thankfully the rain wasn’t …

Day Three – Helston to Stafford

Today was a travelling day – we had a good number of miles to complete and the added incentive that rain was forecast to be moving across the country in the same direction as us. We vowed to stay ahead of the weather front… and managed it right until the last 30 minutes of our …

Day Two – Reading to Helston via Lizard Point

Today was all about riding through several counties to get to our second compass point down in Cornwall. First, though, we travelled just a few miles down the ride to meet up with Bradley, Graham’s youngest son (and Allister’s brother, of course) who joined us for the day. It is lovely to have Bradley and …

Day One – Boston to Reading via Ness Point

The Memorial Ride began this morning with an absolutely awesome send off from outside Boston Salvation Army hall. We arrived to about 30 people, family and friends, gathered which was really lovely – thanks everyone! Our first stop (apart from a lay by on the A47 for a bit of a stretch) was Ness Point …