CLRC Green lane Trip 26.04.15
The Sunday morning was bright and clear with a touch of frost and a light northerly wind that kept the temperatures in single figures all day. Six trucks, 4 Defenders plus 2 Discoveries, assembled at Lynn’s Raven Café, Prees for our April green lane trip.
The Disco crews collected breakfasts before we departed south on the A49 to our start taking a wide detour around the lanes south of Shrewsbury in order to avoid the 3000 bikers expected to be taking part in the Ride4Life run down to Cosford.
Phil, having spent the Saturday doing an oil change on his Disco had overlooked the requirement for fuel, so he continued to Church Stretton whilst we had a tea-break at Lebotswood and discussed the route.
Heading west off the A49 we tackled 5 lanes to the north of Long Mynd before dropping down to Bridges and then up to the car park at Shooting Box for our lunch stop. Andy J’s Disco had lost the ability to select anything other than ‘drive’ on the auto box, which hampered him somewhat as we had to rearrange the carpark to extract him without the use of reverse. It also meant that he was lacking the benefit of low box and daren’t kill the engine as it wouldn’t be able to re-start in drive. Meanwhile Phil was grappling with a power/solenoid issue on his Disco, resolved by Andy B and a tow rope to restart; just as well Phil’s box is a manual.
Once we were all mobile again, we took in another 5 lanes to the south along the Mynd, with stunning views all around under a clear blue sky, before dropping down into Church Stretton, where both Discos decided to head home for afternoon tea whilst the remaining Defenders moved east and completed another 4 lanes before calling it a day.
Thanks to Mark Birkett for an interesting, compact and challenging route, Brian as lead navigator (using proper OS maps and a pencil without electronic aids!) and all the crews who turned out.
Noel Watson – Event Leader