With that in mind, I went out to meet my friend Ben, who was down from London, just outside Yeovil, for what was my first social ride in a very long time and it was brilliant.
Ben was heading back to North London after spending a few days down on the Somerset coast, and asked me if I fancied catching up, taking advantage of some of the nice roads in the area as he headed home. Seemed a good excuse to me.
So meeting in the Diners Delight on the A303 (Diner..yes...delight? not sure) the plan was the head back to Yeovil, pick up the A30 and ride it all the way to Winchester taking in Shaftsbury and Salisbury. From there, the plan was to take in a quick stop at Loomies where we could part after a drink and a sarnie. The A30 is a great road for riding; not too busy and it flows really nicely, so it really was the only choice for our needs.
With a Bank Holiday weekend upon us and with clear blue sky and beautiful sunshine, bikes were everywhere and when we got to Loomies, it was packed.
We all take pride in our machines and so we should. It doesn't matter if you're riding a damaged 954 like me, the dirtiest Blade I've ever seen, like Bens, a cruiser or the R1r that pulled in when we were there, bikes are bikes and bikers are bikers. Its the best way to travel.