We have completed the IRON HOG CHALLENGE
Derbybikers were off on a charity ride again!!!!
It's been a while but in memory of Ricks dad Eddy and Dereks dad Chris, they are off on
'THE IRON HOG CHALLENGE'. Please donate what you can on Just Giving (Click Here)
What is it? Well there are 26 Harley Davidson Dealers on mainland UK and the challenge is to visit as many as possible in 48 hours (total mileage around 1820 miles)
We will be setting off on Friday 27th May 2016.
This is the story.
We topped up our tanks at Tesco Chesterfield at 8:15 Friday morning only to see Shane (from HarleyWorld) doing similar.
We followed him to HarleyWorld where he got the gates and store open and let us grab a cuppa before we started.
Thanks Shane, it was most welcome. 8:35 and we were off, up to Leeds. Just a short stop to do the required bits and bobs and off northwards.
After starting out in fine weather we arrived in Edinburgh through thick wet mist (they called it a harr apparently).
Still, we were fresh and ready for (almost) anything. After another welcome drink we were off to Glasgow. Nice dealer but not easy to get to or stop at being at the side of a very busy dual carriageway.
Now we start heading south to Preston. Nothing really to report and they had closed by the time we got there so we took the required photo’s and off to Chester we went.
Photo’s done we headed to our overnight stop just north of Wolverhampton, tired but satisfied that we had managed to complete the day as planned.
We got to the hotel at 10pm, 14hours and 30 minutes after we started out.
5:30 Saturday morning and we were on our bikes heading for breakfast (as the hotel did not start serving until 7). MackyD’s being 24 hours were a god send.
We had our wet weather gear on as it was raining right from the off. We quickly visited Wolverhampton and Birmingham dealers before heading off to Cheltenham.
Filled up at the garage which is next to the dealer, took the photos then off west to Wales.
Once we had arrived at Swansea dealers we removed our wet weather gear as the skies were blue and we were getting very warm!
Lovely café at Swansea topped us up with refreshment then it was back on the road to Bristol. This is where the ride became difficult.
We had to negotiate through 23 miles of basically standing traffic. There had been a nasty accident just before the toll booths which had closed two of the three lanes, and it was a bank holiday weekend.
We deftly honed our filtering skills!! Bristol and Bridgwater done and we were behind schedule by around 40 minutes, so we did what we could on the blast down to Plymouth.
Now we had another long ride over to Southampton, which had closed by the time we got there but at least as it got later the traffic was getting less and less.
Now up to Oxford, Reading (which is the newest dealers) and then Guildford (home to the Hogsback Chapter who came up with this challenge) before we rest for the night (or so we thought).
16 hours and 23 minutes for the second day. Unfortunately we did not get much sleep thanks to a wedding party moving from their reception to the hotel and carrying on until the Police arrived at 2am!
So, 5am and off we go into the center of London, Kings Road. I must admit, it was nice riding through our capital with almost no traffic. The early start was well worth it.
Once we had done the bizz here we shot down to south East London and Mottingham Road Dealers, where we also filled up (yet again).
There were so many petrol stations to choose from it was ridiculous. No chance of running out of fuel around here.
Now we headed out of London and down towards the south coast. The dealer is listed as being at Lewes but it is quite a distance from the town itself.
Done and dusted and off to Maidstone (which is actually in Aylesford!). Once we had left here we had the feeling that we were beginning to head towards home.
We hit very bad roadworks and traffic trying to get through to Lakeside. So much that we shot back into London and through the Blackwall tunnel.
There were diversions and blocked exits everywhere. Eventually we got to Lakeside, very friendly bunch, who’s chapter were preparing for a ride out.
Photo’s done, it’s now off north to Newmarket. The riding started to get easier (thankfully) as we headed away from London. Newmarket done we set off to Norwich.
The A11 was a dream, flowing very well, little traffic and good progress made. Another dealers done and now we really were on our way back home.
We were both beginning to feel the strain of all the travelling and our riding became more cautious because of it. We were very tired. Just three more dealers to go.
Uppingham was next. I have been here quite a few times and it is always busy. Very well supported and a nice burger van out front too. Nottingham was next and we got there at 16:05.
They close at 16:00 but there were two Robin Hood employees standing at the gates and they kindly let us in to do the business with the photo’s and they stamped our form as well. Thanks guys.
Well, all we had to do was get back to HarleyWorld to register our finish time. Unfortunately due to our late arrival we knew there would be no-one there to verify our arrival.
The challenge states that in these circumstances, we should fuel up and get a receipt to show the time and date from a garage as close to the dealer as possible.
Aha, Tesco's Chesterfield comes to mind. We did the first fill there so we may as well do the last. Receipt done, we shot round to the HarlyWorld for the final photo’s.
Last day was 12 hours 57 minutes start to finish.
We were both extremely tired but very happy. What an experience. Would we do it again? Ask us when we get the feeling back in our backsides!!!!!!
One more thing, when we were filling In the log sheets that are required for the challenge, we looked closely at the fuel receipt from Chesterfield Tesco,
only to see that they have not changed their clocks to summer time. They were an hour earlier than we arrived! So much for proof of timings.
What’s next? Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Look at the state of my beast.
If you are interested in doing this challenge yourself then let me know. I have all the required documents and can go through the rules and regulations if you find them difficult to understand.
You don’t need to specify when you are doing the run, just do it and send in the details afterwards.
We did this in memory of our dads. We both lost them to Alzheimer’s and were raising money to help fight this dreadful condition. If you would like to contribute, you still can by going to: