Well, I'm off out to recce the route for the trailride tomorrow. Not sure yet whether I will do the same / similar route to last year with the pasty stop at Lerryn or go for something completely different. Either way the level of challenge will be similar. I do have tyre levers, a bike stand and foot pump if required. I'm off to use them next.
For anyone joining the trailride it would make sense to top up on Friday evening. No need to fill up if you have a supertanker though. Who was it last year with the R85? Glad the tank wasn't full. A tytpical trail bike tank of around 10L would be plenty. If you have 990 then you might need a bit more but you know your own bike.
If you are turning off the A38 at Liskeard, follow signs for St Cleer then Minions. There is fuel in Liskeard at Morrissons and a BP station you will pass on your right a bit further on.
If you are taking the A30, there is a petrol station near the turn off at Launceston, head right at the roundabout and go under the A30 towards the town. You will find the petrol station about 1/4 mile along the road on the right. Head back to the roundabout and follow the B3254 initially signed to South Petherwin. Straight on for about 8 miles, passing through 1 X-roads on the way. Turn right at Upton Cross for Minions.
From down west, well you probably know the way. A38 Glynn Valley and turn off at the top of the hill after Trago. If you need petrol there is some in Bodmin, if you are passing through, or head down to Morrissons in Liskeard and turn off there.
Once in Minions, head for the car park on the west of the village with a brown tourist sign for The Hurlers.
Useful info -
I will have a gas bbq set up and garden furniture out.
There are no street lights and it does get dark - bring a torch.
We live at the top of a hill, it rains a lot and gets windy.
We have 2 dogs. Please be careful if you give them any food as one is allergic to wheat. The effects are not pleasant in a confined space! Otherwise they are harmless.
The garden is pretty big so there is no need to sleep on top of each other but it would be helpful to pitch the tents fairly close together. Hopefully all the tents will fit at the far end of the garden which is fenced off from the dogs. Please try to keep the dogs out of this area as it is not secure and they do escape.
There are public toilets 50m down the road, opposite the pub and the village shop.
For anyone not riding on Saturday, we are in a lovely spot to go for a walk. If the weather is bad you could always head down to Darite for the coffee morning. I think the locals were quite bemused last year at the sight of a group of bikers sitting round playing scrabble.
I will get some menus from the pub. To help them get dinner sorted on Saturday night, the plan is to give them an order earlier in the day. Make sure you get your name on the list before leaving for the trail ride.
No doubt be a few other things I remember over the next week.