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Combining Motorbike Touring with Training


May 2019

Iron Butt for good causes!

After a successful rideout on Sunday 26 May with the RAF BF Rideout Group, we, Stuart and I, at New Horizons wanted to do more; see if we can complete a challenge by riding 1,000miles within 24 hours to raise more funds for two fantastic organisations, the RAF Benevolent Fund and also Lights for Learning. To be honest, its a really good excuse to ride for a long time and do some good for someone else too!

RAFBF Rideout Group is a motorbike group raising funds for the RAF Benevolent fund – RAF Benevolent Fund providing a range of support aimed at serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. This includes welfare breaks, grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs, as well as support for young people through their Airplay programme.


Lights for Learning build solar powered lighting that are installed in places of education. We work mainly in areas of the world where artificial lighting is impossible or hard to obtain. The benefits positively impact entire communities in which these schools or clinics are based. Lights for Learning also provide their solutions, with training to fit them, to other charities who have their own projects that are also aimed to help lift the education & health standards of similar communities.


As usual, I don’t do things by halves so am raising funds for two worthy causes. Let me know if you do donate and want your donation to goto a specific organisation and I will make sure it gets there. See more on our Just Giving Page:

See here for more info on the Iron Butt Association UK

They have some quite strict rules on how to achieve the mileage in the time allowed, so fingers crossed.

The route has to be at least 1,000 miles and completed within 24 hours for us to achieve the Saddle Sore 1000 certificate and badge – seems like a lot of effort for a little cloth patch, but its the taking part that counts!

The whole route!

The date we have chosen is the longest day of the year, 21 June 2019. The ride will start at 5am from the Sainsbury’s petrol station on the Oxford Road (A420) – that way we get a timed receipt as per the Iron Butt rules. Being as its a Friday we have chance to get back home before the end of the weekend. Luckily its all downhill from up north so we can simply freewheel back!!!!

Detailed itinerary:

Stage 1 – Cricklade to Poole
Poole to Plymouth
Plymouth to Land’s End
Land’s End to John O’Groats


That’s the plan at the moment but it is subject to alter nearer the date depending on known roadworks etc etc!.

RAF Benevolent Fund Rideout Success!!

Turned out to be a nice day. Little bit of rain but helped raise £340 on the day; total of almost £2.5k for the weekend adding up to £110k total!

On stage at Lechlade Festival –

And Spicy playing his bagpipes too –

Nice to be part of something that helps others, especially  those that look after our safety.

Looking forward to the next rideout.

Attending the RAF Benevolent Fund rideout this Sunday

Should be a nice day out:






Starting from RAF Brize Norton, heading to Swindon and then onto Lechlade!





Riding the Cotswolds and North Wiltshire

Short clip of the rides last weekend in the Cotswolds and around North Wiltshire.

What do you think about when riding?

Do you contemplate ending world hunger? Or how to fix climate change? Does Brexit worry you?

I had a couple of thoughts today, other than wondering why I hadn’t taken out the thermal lining on my textile jacket on what turns out to be the hottest day of 2019 so far.

My first thought came to me whilst filtering through heavy traffic on the A419 this morning and was about farting on a motorbike. Does every rider do that? Fart I mean, not filter! I guess so, but then who gets to hear it or even smell it. Is there any sense of satisfaction?

My second thought, or observation, was why am I smelling cigarette smoke when passing a secondary school at around 3.10pm today and all I can see are school kids? I don’t normally pass schools at kicking out time but I did this afternoon! I guess its a sign of the times eventhough I presumed smoking was on the decline! Live’n’learn I suppose!

Right, back to the housework!

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