However, yesterday I took part in the David Pilbro memorial ride to remember David, on what would have been his birthday, who was tragically killed last year on one of my counties major routes.
I never knew David but the organisers of the day were using the event to raise awareness and funds for the Docbike project, which I continue to volunteer for.
The group was made up of a good range of bikers, some young and very inexperienced, to couples on Goldwings and sportsbike riders. It really felt like a community coming together to remember one of their own.
The ride itself rode past the site where David is buried as well as the site where he lost his life. Riding up the stretch of road in a convoy of some sixty bikes all there to pay their respects, was quite emotional and a fitting tribute to a young man taken so soon.
The ride culminated at the Sammy Miller museum in the New Forest, where there were stalls and a very good atmosphere. The museum itself, although a fraction expensive to get in, is actually always worth a visit. The grounds are very pleasant and the collection itself if worthy of any riders time. A recent addition sat proudly in the foyer and it's not everyday you can get within inches on a 1982 NS500 GP racer, ridden by Freddie Spencer.
More information about the Docbike can be found at www.Docbike.org and details of the Sammy Miller museum can be found at www.sammymiller.co.uk