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Weekend: Sunday

Dispersal on Sunday morning, after a final full Welsh breakfast, was a less regulated affair. As Howard had to get back to Dorset, we'd planned to take off on our own and part company somewhere after the Severn Bridge, but somebody was offering a route via Cheddar and Stonehenge, which was reasonably convenient for him, so we tagged along. At eight bikes, our group outnumbered the previous day's, but we moved quickly when we weren't getting sat-navved down single track stuff. Coffee in the sunshine at Tintern Abbey, a diversion to drop in on the ride leader's sister (who had presciently gone out), and a ride through Cheddar Gorge, which was, as usual, pretty but too crowded to be really fun.

We halted near the A303 to get our bearings, and Howard headed off. The rest of us joined the dual carriageway and pushed north to Stonehenge, filtering and overtaking at the many slow bits where two lanes are siphoned into one. After coffee and farewells at a Little Chef, with hundreds of miles done since we'd left the Wisley branch on Friday morning, I set off up the M3 for home.

Although there was a lot of riding involved, an element of training, and some fantastic roads, the company was really the most important thing: being among bikers you trust not to crash into you on the road, and are just as enjoyable to hang out with in the bar that evening. I've been in LAM since 2005, but this is the first time I've made it to the annual Wales Weekend; it won't be the last.
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