Friday 23 June 2017
This year's National Road Rally just crept up on me. It was panic stations to get the Matrix on line. I leave notes to remind me what to do but they are inevitably incomplete and too cryptic to make sense of 12 month later. If you are entering the rally I hope you will see some old friends at Kegworth and Syston. If you are not in the competition then I hope you will lend a hand at one of the 65 controls.
It all kicks off on Saturday, 1 July, special tests at Leicestershire County Hall from 8:30am, rally at noon. The final controls close at 8am Sunday, 2 July. If you haven't entered this unique event yet then you are running out of time!
If you are looking for where this year's Controls are so you can either find them in the dead of night or volunteer to provide an hour or two of duty, we have a map of their locations on line.
For anyone planning their way round this scatter rally in an organised fashion we have made the 2017 Matrix interactive. You still need to choose your own route but this will reduce your hair-pulling and allow you to easily print your route or send it to your smart phone.
This week we explored some roads in the Rockingham Forest area between Kettering and Corby. This filled in a previously empty part of our cycling map.
On Thursday, 29 June we are planning to visit Lincoln starting from Woodhall Spa or, to be more accurate, Kirkham Bridge. This is a brilliant ride away from traffic alongside the River Witham. We know all the refreshment stops along the way. We won't be put off by a little rain but if the forecast is poor we will change to a local ride instead.
Next month our start from Canons Ashby is on Thursday, 6 July. This location is more hilly than Lincolnshire. So there will be plenty of walking between the cake shops.
This is the time of year when an old man's fancy turns to thoughts of Foreign Touring. Some Embers still have the faculties to put it into practice. Modern technology allows us to join them via our Facebook page.
At the moment five intrepid Embers are above the clouds in the Pyrenees. Or maybe in some taverna cooling down with a local cerveja. Salud!
You can relax on Skype Night, Wednesday, 28 June when you can chat to old pals without leaving your computer desk. We look forward to updates from friends in Canada, Tenerife and anywhere that has an internet connection. Sort out your own beer and fags and don't gimme any excuses about not being invited.
Paul saw an advertisement for a Motorcycle Riding School that claimed it could teach anyone to ride a bike in ten minutes.
He 'phoned the school and asked, "How can you possibly teach anyone to ride in only ten minutes?"
The receptionist replied, "It's a crash course."
Will we ever catch up?
Avid MotoGP fan Roland Potter has written a column for LPMCC.net that will be featured in the Blog - and soon, before it is out of date!
Phil the Spill has provided more reports and lots of photos that are only being kept from you by incompetent staff at LPMCC.net.