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Little Ms Moffat (and Mr's!)

Weekend training event 6th-8th October 2017.

Before I get into the details of the training weekend I would like to thank Denise and Tom for a very entertaining and enjoyable event. This weekend diary is about what I did with Denise and Tom in the relevant vehicle's.

Friday 6th

Bags backed and bike loaded. Powderssy checks done then meet up with Denise, as Denise is my motorcycle tutor I was asked what checks I had done before the journey. We now planned our first leg of the journey from Hull to Sutton Bank cafe.

A good mixture of town, country and national speed limit roads. A good discussion on my ride with a few points to think about for the future over coffee and cake.

We now planned a route to Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes for our next cuppa and a debrief on the ride.

From Hawes to Dumfries via Warcup, Penrith and Carlisle. The road from Hawes to Warcup A66 was beautiful with some fantastic corners and views, I will try and do this route again. Quick fuel stop as my tank was getting close to the red just past Warcup. The trip from Penrith to Dumfries was either motorway or national speed limit roads as time was catching us up.

Checked into the hotel and a shower and liquid refreshments and a lovely meal soon past.

Saturday 7th

So now the roles for me have changed from been an associate to been a tutor.

Tom's training day

After breakfast we discussed whereabouts we were going to drive Tom's car and to possibly meet up with Denise in the afternoon. Tom started with his powdery checks. Dumfries to Abington services M74 via A76 and A702.

Weather was wet, damp and misty in places so we couldn't be excited about the views. A good first leg with some points from me for improvement. Costa coffee debrief spot at the services.

Our next leg was up to Douglas then follow the A70 across to Ayr to meet up with Denise.

Weather improved which made the journey a little more enjoyable.

In this leg we concentrated on speed on approach to bends which positioning and gear simply slipped in to make it easier for Tom to understand. Obviously Information was mentioned and acceleration too. In Ayr we found a what looked like a 70's style cafe for a cuppa and debrief.

We then headed South towards Girvan on some very narrow roads and passed a golf course call Turnberry owned by Mr Trump who ever he was. The road from Girvan to Newton Stewart was fantastic from narrow country roads to shaded valley woods roads, we stopped at Newton Stewart for a coffee again and discussed to Tom about the 'BRIDGE' which nearly caught Tom and me out. A75 was a tad boring but the views across the coast was beautiful. Back to the hotel for a rest.

Sunday 8th

After breakfast I am now again the associate on my motorcycle, we planned a criss cross route to firstly Gretna Green for a few silly getting married shots !!!!!

After saying goodbye to Tom me and Denise headed for Newcastle and the Angel of the North for a photo and ice-cream.

Our last leg was across towards the A19 then South towards Thirsk, Malton and then home.


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