Minted and I met with the recreation and tourist officers at Galloway forest park today. Most of the day was spent cruising around some of the trails we will be using in August. It was a very useful day and well worth the day off. Special thanks to Tony /Minted for also taking a day off and supporting me in this.*
First of all we couldn't believe how relaxed the SFC are about the ride. Nothing really seems to bother them, mind I think in their eyes we are bending over backwards to both cooperate with them and to be "responsible riders". That Is a theme that has clearly hit home with them.*
We learned a lot today:
1. I have mapped about 90miles pf trails. We haven't a hope of doing even half of it. *Archie persuaded me that it will be better to save trails for another trip. (they are anticipating more than one return trip too . )
2. The trails are mostly good quality hard core based forest tracks built for access by harvesting operations. A few had gained a muddy top surface with grass and/or ruts and were getting overgrown * These will be slippy if it's wet. Near harvesting sites the tracks get a lot rougher. This confirmed my view that any dual sport tyre should be ok. Also there was nothing extreme in off road terms but views even in the poor weather are spectacular. As is the sense of remotenesss. *Wild camping next time is must!!!*
3. Speed was discussed a few times. It is obviously a concern. 30mph was agreed as a sensible top speed. *Their concern centres around other fotest users - mainly mountain bikers who will not be expecting a speeding motorcycle coming up a hill. I agreed I would always be leading and at no more than 30. **
4. I will be getting a key in case any if the gates or barriers are locked. *
5. *3rd party liability insurance has reared it's head. I will investigate if it's possible to buy this, but we should be ok with just our regular road insurance. * *The forestry people require sight of or copies of all participants insurance certificates. *CAN YOU PLEASE PHOTOCOPY AND POST TO ME: *AUSTIN WINCKLER, 40,CROSTON ROAD, GARSTANG, LANCS. PR3 1HR. If you don't the last chance will be to show your certificate to the forestry commission in their offices in Newton Stewart on Friday 13th August when I call in to pick up keys and finalise the paperwork.*
NO INSURANCE NO PARTICIPATION.
6. The fee is £100plus £5 per bike. I am going to assume there will be the max of 25 participants. That works out at £9 Each. *You can pay me when we meet or anytime before. In fact let's make it £10 and i will donate the surplus to the TLD charity.
I think that was all. *Tony have I missed anything?
This is going to be the best yet!! * * *