HOC fun at Oliver’s Mount!

‘Where has the nice warm weather gone’? I thought to myself as I set off in the rain to meet up with Paul, Greg & Carol at Warwick Services, for our ride up to Scarborough to see our Steve Moody (Dilligaf) race at Oliver’s Mount.
The decision was made to go up non-motorway, so I plotted a route that would take in the Peak District National Park. The weather soon dried up which made for a chilly but pleasant ride, stopping at Bakewell for lunch, which included the famous Bakewell Pudding…yum!
After lunch we continued our ride through the national park and made a brief stop at Castleton in the Hope Valley….absolutely breath taking scenery here!
Once leaving the Peak District, we continued on our way on ‘not quite so interesting roads’, to our B&B in Scarborough after some 8 hours on the road!
That evening, we had a delightful meal out in the company of Erica & Gerald who unfortunately had to make their way up by car due to Gerald not feeling too well…..not Erica’s first choice of transport but Gerald had to come first!
Next morning, as expected, the weather turned for the worst. Rain and strong winds meant that we had to don winter attire the entire day but hey ho, we enjoyed the racing anyway. Seeing our Steve finishing 6th in his last race was the highlight, as he grabbed automatic entry to the NW200 and the TT  2016 for his efforts!……a big well done to Steve and his crew!
Another lovely meal was had in the evening, some of us watching MotoGP on my iPhone while Greg chose to put his earplugs in to avoid hearing the race, he wanted to watch it at home…oh well, you can only please all of the people some of the time!
Next morning, after breakfast, we set off home going the scenic route again. Erica and Gerald set off first, heading for Holmfirth, the location for ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.  We met them at  the famous Sid’s Café for a cuppa before going our separate ways. Erica heading for the Lake District and us taking in a few sights in Holmfirth before heading off to Buxton for lunch, taking in some great twisties along the way.
It was the quickest route home from there to end a great weekend with good company and some great racing!

Ted German