A great ride is a very difficult thing to quantify, although I am sure that almost all of my my own great rides have all been aboard one of our Harleys. Having said that, my first ever great ride was during my Direct Access course, before I had even passed my bike test!, But that’s another post for another day. There are also some tales waiting to be told of great rides on the Sportster.
However, this ride report report relates to our current bike and will, I hope, appear in the next edition of Sherwood Chapter‘s magazine, Quill and Quiver. Here’s that report…
Hoggin’ The Brewery – Ride Report
Although our Easter Monday rideout has avoided the East Coast for a couple of years, Sherwood Chapter still feels the call of the mountains of East Lincolnshire. People with new bikes, like Sam’s fabulous blue lightning machine and our new Heritage (new to us at least) probably felt that call most keenly.
On the Sunday after we collected our bike from Robin Hood, we joined the assembled throng at the Friendly Farmer at Newark. After an obligatory coffee, Road Captain Sam York led the way down the A17 as we set off in glorious sunshine. This stayed with us for most of the day, defying the weather forecast of sleet or snow showers.
Andy and Vince Fellows joined us at Sleaford, bringing our numbers up to 8 bikes and 13 bodies. We had a great ride down through Boston and out towards the coast, with a left turn in the middle of Wainfleet into the Bateman’s Brewery Visitor Centre. If you’ve been to the Bass Museum (or Coors Visitor Centre) in Burton, Bateman’s is at the opposite end of the brewing spectrum. It is a small, family owned, independent brewery that makes only real ales. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, the brewery tour was excellent, the sample half-pint of XB was really good, the carvery-style lunch was outstanding and the whole visit was most enjoyable.
To cap it all, Sue and I were greeted by some former neighbours from Nottingham who now live in Wainfleet and had gone to the brewery for their own Sunday lunch.
On some rideouts, the ride back home can be a bit of an anti-climax, but Vince’s local knowledge came to the fore as we rode back to Sleaford via some winding country lanes.
Sue and I both thought that it was a great rideout; partly because it was our first chapter trip on our Heritage, but also because the routes, the destination and the company of chapter members worked together to make me want to do this ride again.