#Ride5000miles members reunite after lockdown for a camping adventure

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With lockdown restrictions gently easing to allow for some proper homegrown motorcycle touring, members of the #ride5000miles group packed their bags for a three-day weekend of adventure in Wales.

Setting off from various parts of England on Friday July 24, the riders met up at Cranberry Moss campsite, in Oswestry, before riding into Wales on the Saturday to pitch tents at Snowdon Base Camp, situated at the foot of the mountain.

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"Meeting up with everybody again was really good," said Peter Phelps, 38, from Maidenhead. "The lockdown has taken a massive chunk out of the riding season and this time last year, I’d probably done three or four weekends away.

Taking in the views whilst touring on a motorcycle

"To actually get out and do some camping was really brilliant," the BMW K1200GT rider continued. "The roads are like a billiard table around there – they are so smooth, with some stunning scenery."

Enjoying three days of biking company, the trip also allowed the riders to explore some of the stunning Welsh roads; including a tour of Anglesey up to Holyhead and the challenging twists surrounding their second overnight stop.

"It was a great weekend," Sally Weighill, 56, from Grantham, said after riding over on the Friday night after work. "The roads in Wales are outstanding and I probably saw two potholes, if that. The scenery was absolutely spectacular too."

As well as letting them experience motorcycling in fresh surroundings, the trip was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

Enjoying countless trips together before lockdown and some smaller journeys as restrictions have eased, many on the trip have known each other since meeting at the inaugural #ride5000miles gathering in 2018, at the H Café, in Wallingford.

"I’d been to Wales before, but only Cardiff, so I thought it would be cracking to ride up to Snowdonia," said John Jess, 49, from Reading. "All of us have met through the group and none of us are previous friends."

Having recently returned to England from Spain, John added: "All of this was driven by #R5K, so thanks to MCN – it’s changed my biking life."

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade