Last weekend (7th-9th August 2016) a bunch of us rode out to The Hook Up in South Wales. The show is in its second year now and James did a great job of finding a new venue for us to party in. Andy, Ame and myself left London to meet up with Mike Nobel (Surrey Harley) and friends at Fleet services on the M3. For once we didn’t have any breaking down issues and arrived only half hour late. Michael on his dads Road Glide (or equally similar) quickly dialed the Satnav into the stereo and we were off. We took the back roads almost all the way to Bristol. Stopping often for gas, smoke breaks and the odd cheeky shandy. The ride to The Hook Up took us most of the day but no one was in a rush as we found some great roads along the way.
The first night at the event we partied hard as we often do when we catch up with brothers from other mothers we haven’t seen for a while. The next day I slept in for way too long and missed the main ride out which was put on by The Hook Up. We decided to do our own ride and go in search of somewhere to swim and cool off. It must have been the day of the summer. Riding our bikes on the narrow winding A roads in the Beacons was so much fun. The locals were friendly and every town we came across had some kind of biker spot that all walks of life on two wheels congregated at. We continued on riding heading for Brecon town along the Usk river hoping there must be a good spot to swim. We hung a right in a small town which took us down to the river. After stocking up on supplies at the local cafe we chatted to some locals who said the best spot was about 10 minute’s walk down stream, where there was a waterfall and swimming hole. Being from NZ I’m always drawn to water (especially when hung over) and the adventure that comes with searching for the perfect swimming spot. We weren’t disappointed and found a great spot with everything we could have wanted. The sun was shining, the river was a perfect temperature and the water looked super inviting. After a few bombs off the waterfall and floating down stream we called it a day and headed back to the show. It only took about 30mins to get back to The Hook Up. Next time for sure I’m taking people on a ride to find that same swimming hole.
Many thanks goes out to the James for putting on such a good event. I’ll happily go back every year to catch up with old friends, ride great roads and explore the beautiful scenery that is totally accessible in the South of Wales.
Thanks to Paulo from Joe King helmets who was nice enough to vote my Panhead the best paint (Painted by Death Spray). Andy took out best chopper with his Shovel. Lee Dawg from the Black Widows took out best bobber on his Genny Shovel with white and black tank and Carter from F.T.H won best in show.
On the Sunday on the way back to London we jammed the M4 the whole way taking us only 3 hours to get back to London which made the ride there seem even longer but the sun was out and the traffic flowing and only 1 minor issue with Andy’s Shovel which was quickly sorted roadside. Maybe we have progressed from “Life in the Hard Shoulder”.
The Dyna and the Panhead never missed a beat and cruising at 85mph makes a huge different to the many unsuccessful rides I’ve attempted on my triumph chop.
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