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ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11361

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As many of you know, we recently went on a small scale adventure in the Peak District!
It was a fantastic weekend, masterminded by Luke well done mate, great meet), and one which I would put in my top five meets!

Day 1 – Friday

10am and I ready my gear, throwing it into my backpack / various bags and head over to Dave’s ready to venture over in his car, with our newly acquired 3 bike trailer – a fantastic buy!
Anyway, us being us, we mooch about, Dave employs me as slave labour and we re jig his kitchen and we set off around 1ish. It was a pretty easy journey, a bit overcast and drizzly, but as journeys go, alright.

We rolled into camp at around 5, only a few minutes behind Luke, who’d travelled up from London. First impressions were good – the farm / accommodation looked very welcoming, and the surrounding scenery, beautiful, with little lambs running around the neighbouring fields.



Anyway, by this time we were a bit peckish and supplies needed gathering for the weekend ahead. So off we set to the local shop and Pub! I was most surprised by how welcoming the pub was, I expected it to be similar to around here where folks stop and stare, but it was the complete opposite and the people were friendly. As Ferdie and the Doc had only just left by that point, and I’d spotted a curry house, I talked the guys into going for a curry (and the locals recommended against the pubs in house Chinese restaurant). So off we went. I nearly broke down their fire exit door as it was bolted only at the top and I ahdn’t spotted the entrance round the corner D’oh! Food was good, I had the hope special, which was a mix of meats in a not too hot sauce. Yum. By the time we’d finished talking crap and eaten, our last two travellers were not too far away, so we set off back to camp to greet them.

We spent the evening chatting further crap and sinking a few beers, I ordered in my second Keema Nan with Ferdies food (food of Kings, keema nans!) and a very pleasant evening was had by all.

Day2 – Saturday, Riding Day

We all got up quite early and mooched around getting ready for the day ahead. I must admit, I was hugely excited to finally get to ride here. I’d seen pics, but didn’t truly know what to expect. The weather looked glorious, contrary to what the weather reports had forecast and it was all set for an awesome day!
First Mechanical job of the day – Dave’s chain needed a quick adjust. Something often overlooked, but a poorly adjusted chain can soon screw your day, so always worth checking.



After what seemed like a billion kicks, my trusty XR barked into life and off we went. Initially, we did crunch a good few road miles, not by design, but due to the Nav routes taking us on a few detours. Whilst I was a grumpy bugger on the bike because of this, on reflection it was lovely to take the surroundings in. Not long after munching a few miles we hit our first trail. A very good introduction to the standard of trails over that way, quite rocky and slippy with some small steps in it. It wasn’t the longest trail ever, but a great one! It wasn’t long after that when we hit the next one, which took us up the side of one of the hills / mountains and rewarded us with yet another great view. Only downside, it was closed off at the top and reclassified to a bridleway. Damn horses. Down we go!

We hit a few more road miles and a couple of small trails, before stopping at Monsal Head for a brew and a review of where to go. It seemed we had differing navigation systems, Ferdie’s saying one thing, Luke’s another. So we settled on following, I think, Luke’s. Glad in a way we did, in another I bet he’s wishing we hadn’t!










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We headed down into the valley and under a railway bridge (now known as the monsal trail footpath I think), and around that next corner was possibly one of the most technical and rewarding rides I’d ever had. A very steep, rocky, steppy climb. I followed Luke, who got about half way before getting caught on a step up so I powered on to the top and ran back down to assist, it was funny 9in a smug selfish way) seeing the lads at various stages of the climb, Luke’s back wheel spinning and smoking and throwing rocks at those below. Anwyay, Ferdie Dave and the doc soldiered past Luke and I who were trying to get his bike up the hill, and I think poor old Luke was shattered, so I hopped on his bike and gave it a go, cracking bike Luke! And got it up there with a bit more luck rather than skill. We stopped for a short period, I needed a rest as I think the others might’ve. Then Dave and I headed up to see what was ahead – an almost chalky rocky trail which went on for a mile or so with a few changes of direction, ascents and descents. We stopped for a bit of a talk, see how each other was finding it (and Dave telling me of his full superman near crash into barbwire fence experience) when the Doc came up and said ‘’Ferdie and Luke want Ben to take a look at Luke’s bike’’ bugger. I hate hearing them kind of words, especially when I was last to ride it

We headed down together and it was Luke’s clutch that wouldn’t engage, after much thought, pouring water on the engine to cool it and trying to bodge a bleed kit together, we conceded defeat, not without mocking the KTM reliability of course, the climb had fried the clutch. So Dave helped Luke get the bike to the bottom of the climb, where Luke was going to get a cab back to base to get the van. Much to his surprise though, an old couple who were away on holiday got talking to him and actually drove him the whole way back to base, to the door. We carried on, without a working navigation it was hard to find lanes so we pulled up after a few lanes to see if we could bodge Ferdies power supply, but to no avail – we did bodge his battery terminal, which was a bit sketchy, so not a total waste of time. We agreed to go buy a map, so we rode to the next town, ashford on the water I think it was. The first shop we (or Dave as it was) went into, we got a pair of maps and the shopkeeper even gave us a marker pen – result!

I am very pro map anyway, I know others aren’t and I know Ferdie initially wasn’t, but what a great day we had with paper maps! We spent about half hour marking up those that were clear legal routes and set off, only stopping at the end of every other trail to see how best to make the next. We found a good selection of lanes and by our then halfway point mapping it, the weather clouded over and began sleeting. We saved the longest til last, and by the time we got to there it was proper hard hail and snow! At the top of a mountain, this was proper adventure stuff, especially in the UK anyway!




I only managed about quarter of a mile before hail split my lip, so I stopped and knew the doc had gaffer tape, so I wrapped the chin bar of my helmet to stop the snow / hail getting in and stinging any more.



As we soldiered on, there must’ve been about 2 inches of snowfall, which made the going interesting as we couldn’t actually see what was beneath the snow, also our goggles/ visors were collection snow drifts too! This was mad. Brilliant fun, but mad!




At the end of that trail we all agreed to call it a day, the roads were snowy and we were freezing. You don’t pack snow gear for a late April ride afterall, so we slowly meandered our way back to base to see Luke and warm up a bit.

That evening, we walked into the local town of Castleton (a bit of a trek – I’m not used to walking hills!) and had a pint in one of the pubs, in the search for food, sadly they didn’t serve food by the time we got there, but they did have a singer who could’ve been mistaken for a white Stevie wonder, the way he as staring at the ceiling singing! We found food at the next pub though and a good meal was had

Sunday

Luke decided to leave early to sort the bike, and Ferdie and the Doc were like kids and couldn’t wait to get out again! So we decided to go in two groups on a ride, they went their way using the nav system and Dave and I, after breakfast went on our ride using maps. We first went on the trail out the back of the camp, and what a great trail! Boulders, loose rocks and hillclimbs- fantastic. We then took a number of flatter and simpler trails over to near Blue John Mine, where we were met with a dead end. BOOOOOO

We sat for a moment or two taking in our surroundings, when we heard a couple of two stroke endure bikes come along, we asked them where we could go and if what lay ahead was legal – it was! It was an old cliff top landslidden road / mountain pass – epic! We set off down it, carefully because on the Sunday there were more walkers than I’ve ever seen.

At the bottom I noticed a cave, of course we had to go explore it. We’d spoken of perhaps going caving instead of a ride, but as we’d gone on the ride, we weren’t planning a visit. As it was at the trail side it was rude not to – Odin’s Mine, it was called. An old Lead mine I think, pretty cool! Crap inside for photo’s though.

But here’s Dave and a Cave.





And me and a cave.



After the cave, it was time to head back. We had a moped to collect on the way home, for Nadia my girlfriend – absolute bargain  and some other stuff, so we took the same trails we got there by, back to camp. It turns out Luke's clutch pack destroyed itself, but at least he'd means of getting home and it wasn't in the middle of nowhere in Spain or somewhere.

Luke's Clutch Pack



Judging by the photo's, Ferdie and Doc had a cracking ride Sunday too



And the little XR of mine didn't miss a beat. I decided I love the hills too, I didn't need to kick start the bike, just roll down in 2nd and bump it!

Summary,

It was a fantastic meet. As I believe Tom once said ‘’ATR – we don’t do a bad meet’’ and it is very true. It was a huge shame the ‘originals’ couldn’t make it. Same for the others who’d hoped to go, but couldn’t so I hope to see you all at the Safari – confirmed all the booking for that today too! Can’t wait.
We experienced all four seasons in a day and many types of terrain, which all made for a proper adventure. I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of all but a few walkers, who opened gates for us, stood aside and talked to us like humans, not the vandal yoofs the walker’s media would portray us to be. And they were far from what rumour amongst us greenlaners depicts them as.

I will try to get the GoPro Footage up soon.

‘til the next time!

Ben

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ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11362

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Great write up Ben, sounds like a good time had by all. Shame it was a bit inclement weather wise but what an experience! Can't wait for the Safari now.
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Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11364

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Sounds great. I hope to be able to join you for a trip sometime soon. Well done on the write up too.

Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11366

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Thank you both

Updated to include the pics I missed!
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Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11369

Well done Ben, a great ride report by any standards.
I wish that I could have been with you all, but there is always the next time.


Re Luke's clutch, if you do find yourselves miles from any sort of rescue I've read that if you take a friction plate and break it in half, and then restack the pack using both halves under alternate friction plates, the clutch will be the equivalent of one plate higher in stack height.
You will find that the clutch is locked up, but it will provide drive to get you home.
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
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Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11373

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Thank you! I hope we will have you present at the safari


Trevor Pastrami wrote:

Re Luke's clutch, if you do find yourselves miles from any sort of rescue I've read that if you take a friction plate and break it in half, and then restack the pack using both halves under alternate friction plates, the clutch will be the equivalent of one plate higher in stack height.
You will find that the clutch is locked up, but it will provide drive to get you home.


I was racking my brains trying to think of this bodge when it happened, but it escaped me. Thank you! one well worth knowing.
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Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11376

[quote="Ben600" post=11373]Thank you! I hope we will have you present at the safari


Yes I will be there
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN

Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11377

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Looks like a cracking trip, thanks for posting I remember those stone steps well...I barely made it on the 650...as for trying it with the GS, well maybe one day
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Re: ATR Peak District Ride April 2016 4 years, 3 months ago #11378

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I wouldn't want to try to get anything bigger than Luke's 690 up there!
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