Well thats another successful hulme end meet over, For me everything started off in a rush, I had originally decided that i was going on the ff/fe project bike, i put some long hours in to get the reconditioned rocker arms in, but alas the the tappety noise was still there, so 2 hours before i was due to set off i decided to go on the fe, this meant changing the rack and indicator set up off the ff/fe over to the fe, I had just got the bike finished when phil arrived, so it was a quick dash round packing everything up and loading the luggage on,
We eventually set off about an hour late, had a good run down there, other than the M1 being blocked at junction 29, so we headed off the motorway, through chesterfield, out to matlock then onto hulme end arriving at the camp site about 2.00, pitched the tents up in the usual spot over looking the pub, By this time i was starting to feel a little hungry and realised that i had not fetched anything to nibble on, so we headed out to Hartington to pick up some supplies, 2 bacon and sausage sandwiches later i was feeling full again.
Sometime around 4.00 i looked over at the pub car park and noticed the front wheel of a bol’dor poking out from behind a stone building, ten mins later Bif came marching onto the camp site, after a brief chat we all shuffled off down to the pub where john and graham were just quaffing the top off a pint of cronenberg, introductions done and it was time to try a few pints, Paul and ivan arrived in the pub just as we were ordering our food, Ive got to say that was an absolutely topping evening, all 7 of us on one table, loads of beer, and banter… The bar staff comented next day that they had never sold as much cronenberg in one evening before, I think we all new we had overdone it a little the next morning.
Anyway Saturday morning we decided to have a ride out, a lack of directional skill and traffic on my part meant the group got split up, eventually we all managed to arrive at Matlock bath where one of the funniest things ive seen in a while happened, we were all sat supping tea out side a cafe when a guy on a ducati pulled out from a parking space, decided to pull a wheelie right in front of us, the bike slipped out of gear, revving its nuts off, bumped up the kerb, back onto the road, nearly spitting him over the front end, just like the famous “randy mamola save” only at about 10 mph… followed by a huge cheer from the on lookers… priceless.
Saturday evening in the pub passed a little more sedately, still good fun but not half as much beer, i think we were all still recovering from the previous evening
Sunday morning we all packed up after a good breakfast at the pub, Ivan had had to leave earlier on the Saturday, Paul headed off on his journey across country towards Norwich, myself, phil, bif, john and graham all headed back up north, calling in at Squires for a pit stop and refreshments,
All in all a fantastic weekend spent in good company, drinking,eating,biking…If next years is half as good as this years, it will be one not to miss.
Hulme End 2015
Pit stop at Squires