Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Unseasonably warm weather brought out the Spring flowers and also Wayfarers in profusion at Dorking. There were far too many in 'A' group to name individually, but I counted 26 starters, which may be some sort of record. Frank C helpfully held some riders back so as not to form too large a peleton. We set off strictly due South down Chart Lane, through Blackbrook, past Henfold Lake and into Newdigate. Then the route took us into Rusper, where we regrouped before dropping down across the A264, across the railway line at Little Haven and into Roffey. A contingent then peeled off to get lunch in Horsham (unfortunately finding Wetherspoons tempoarily closed but an open pub next door), while the main group carried on through Roffey up the hill to the Dragon at Colgate, where it was warm enough to lunch outside, not bad for March.
Confounding the doubters, the 'Horsham' contingent rejoined us at the Dragon as planned, and we set off down Tower Road towards Faygate. Hardly had we started, though, when a loud explosion stopped us in our tracks. First impressions that pigeon shooting might be behind this were found to be false, the real culprit being Pete Mitchell's rear tyre, with several inches of material being blown away from the wire. What luck that Ed carried a spare. Not to be outdone, Ian also picked up a puncture on this stretch. After that, there were no further mishaps, and we took a fairly direct route back via Lambs Green, Langhurst and along Partridge Lane into Brockham, finishing up at Denbies for tea. After that most headed back via Leatherhead, where Ray and I spent some money on bike bits at Lidl before returning home. Rob
If I hear from 'B' group, I'll pass it on.
The weather is still great; sunshine all the way and no wind. Harold led a pretty large 'C' contingent from the Bradbury Centre in Kingston en route for The Stoneleigh pub in Epsom where a few remained as it was pretty early when we arrived so we pressed on to Lynda`s watering hole, The Spring Tavern in Ewell. Apart from Harold and me there was Lynda, Carol, Helga, Mark, Bill, Roger and Dave who made it to Ewell. At the start there were Fuzz, Dennis, Bill and Pat Mathews, a couple of chaps new to me, Paul and John (not one of our regular Johns). Most of the route was rather urban with a few spots of offroad. When we got back to Hampton Court for tea, Harold only claimed a third share in the navigation with Lynda and Dave! It was good to see Tom and John H at elevenses. Guess I`ll soon be joining them soon in the senior age group. I clocked up 36 miles and felt pretty bushed but am now recovering with my usual whisky/mac. bless you ------------------------- Albert
p.s. Apologies Harold for missing your name on my last report!! ----- A.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Choose between Dorking or Kingston next week.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
To read of 'A' group's fine ride to Knockholt, visit our blog at: http://midweekwayfarers.blogspot.com/
14 'B' group riders led by Norman, Liz, Angie, Christine, Bill ,Dave, John S, JohnG, Les, Nigel, Phil L, Ray H, Robin and back marker Terry. We started in convoy with 'A' group along Burntwood Lane across the Caterham By-pass into Woldingham Rd up the "former" Slines New Road into Lunghurst Rd to Woldingham. Past the Golf Course we separated from the A's, and carried on to Tandridge Hill over the A25 to Tandridge Lane on to Crowhurst and on to lunch at the King and Queen in Edenbridge. Phil departed for his sandwiches. After lunch Ray, Angie, Dave, JohnG and Nigel, having to be back early for various reasons, departed. We remaining 8 cycled via Lingfield to Blindley Heath where our West Surrey members, Terry and John S, went home via Outwood. At the top of Tilburstow Hill, Bill went home via Caterham and train and 5 carried on to Fanny's Farm and home..... Norman
Good weather still, warm and plenty of sunshine. Dave was leading 'C' group from Elleray Hall en route to The Anchor at Bookham. I counted twelve of us; Ron, Alan, Beryl, Lynda, Mark, Roger, Bill and Liz Mathews, Fuzz and Bill H. If my arithmatic is correct that makes a round dozen with Dave and me. We went to Hampton Court via Bushy Park, over the bridge and turned right towards West Molesey. After a good bit of tarmac we took to a not so good bit of offroad and for the purpose of this report I have only praise for Dave`s navigation and thanks for my being able to recognise Downside Common as we emerged from River Lane (rather muddy) near the village pump and small chapel where a left turn to Bookham Road took us under the M25 and then across Bookham Common which now is quite navigable. Up the main road to the left turn by the church and the `squareabout` where we split up with six of us pressing on to the pub. It took half an hour to get lunch as the staff were busier probably due to the good weather. We returned to Downside by the same route and thus to Cobham for tea where we became a baker's dozen with the arrival of Dennis.
Please note that on 11Apr07, 'C' group will meet at Walton Day Centre and be led by Mark; "Sou'Wester" rides list omits this listing. Please tell all 'C' group riders.
We are all together again at Shepperton Greeno Centre - can the good weather last?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
March 14th at Caterham found Bob, Brian, Pete B, Ray, John, Mike, Mike M, Ed, Stephen, Ian ready to hit the road in Kent. A & B groups coincided at first causing some confusion but at the top of Woldingham we managed to go our separate ways. Dropping down to the Pilgrims Way Mike Morley disgraced himself by turning to early taking a few others with him! He duly offered himself for pump punishment at lunch and promised to behave in future. The Crown at Knockholt provided good service and value as always giving us the energy to tackle an afternoon of hills – many steep – Cudham, Biggin & Shirley Hills delivered us to tea at the Pond Tea Rooms at Shirley Hills where tea and cakes in the sun followed by a walk round the lovely gardens resplendant in spring colour.
From Pete Mitchell
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Real spring-like weather had me in shorts and as the three groups en route for the annual lunch were assigned leaders I chose the indelicate heading of "Odds and Sods". Harold had collected Tom and his sale items so was unavailable and Dennis had something else on, which just left myself, Dave and Beryl to our own devices. We decided to have lunch at the Half Moon in Ripley and made off up Plough Lane in brilliant sunshine. The fields either side were like lakes but the large puddles we encountered were quite rideable. We entered Ripley via Rose Lane near the bakery. Dennis had seen our bikes outside and came in for a word but could not be persuaded to join us for tea at my place which we reached via Newark Lane. Plenty of flooding again either side and almost up to the road surface. I did 21 miles which is plenty for an old sod like me!-------------------------Albert
The whole ambience of the day was great, especially with such fantastic weather and such wonderfull company.
Thanks also to Bob, Brian's kid brother for suggesting a nightcap in the local wine bar( for that is what it turned out to be-I got home to Walton le Hill at 7.30pm. the final cause of delay at the wine bar was Lynda still trying to sell her tea shirt printing. She rode by on the pavement around 5.30pm, having seen us in there at around 4pm, on first arrival. We bought her a lemonade to ensure she did not dehidrate on the way home, while we continued with another 95% alcohol free beer. We met a very interesting retired policeman who was emigrating to Cyprus. He is starting up a course fishing business for trout, bream and American Sea Bass, which apparently is deliciouse and is all caught on inland rivers and lakes.
I am sure that someone will put some pictures on this blog but I must repeat a fantastic day out and thanks again Brian for putting it on in style.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Olleh gritty Hub