Sunday, April 29, 2007
What with visits to the doctor etc. and my dear friends and family rallying round, I most certainly confirm Mark`s report regarding `God speed`.
I`m sorry I will miss Cobham next week also but I`ll see Bill on our Monday ride. My annual Belgian visitors arrive on Wednesday and stay until Friday so I will have the mine host stuff to do!
My thanks to Mark for his kind step into the breach. God bless you all ----------- Albert
Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I saw John this afternoon (Monday), he returned home on Saturday. He is cheerful, looks and sounds fine and has a selection of six different pills to take. He mustn't drive for a month and when he sees his doctor shortly I expect he will raise the question of cycling !
Thursday, April 19, 2007
With some bruising and nine stitches in my elbow I was able to leave the hospital by fiveish and caught the rush hour. You can't win `em all ---------------------------------- Albert
From Addlestone I led Gill, Brians N and S, Cliff, Harold, Ian, Johns G and S, Mike, Norman, Pete B and Roger to Chobham via Ottershaw and a very quiet Fairoaks, then through Knaphill to join the peace and quiet of the Basingstoke Canal towpath at Brookwood. We left the towpath at Pirbright bridge, rode through Pirbright to have a delicious and mostly quickly served lunch at The Royal Oak.
Shortly after restarting Brian S had a flat rear tyre to repair, then on through Normandy, along Glaziers Lane turning left into Flexford Road. Soon this became unmetalled and we enjoyed the ride through the woods, eventually joining White Hart Lane to Wood Street Village and passing The White Hart pub (I doubt if Phil would recognise the interior now !).
In Stoughton we passed the impressive old Barracks building and thanks to the free Surrey Street map made a slight diversion to see the new CTC office (with hindsight I should have arranged a tea stop there!). For a change we rode along Stringer's Avenue in Jacobs Well and noted Margnor's shop - supplier of quality nuts, bolts, screws etc to the discriminating cyclist, unusually quantity no problem. Tea was planned at Watson's (Ripley) but we arrived too late, so pressed on to Ockham Bites which was closed, decided to try Watson's at Cobham but they were busy sweeping up so we crossed the pedestrian way to the cafe which 'Certainly is open' to quote the manager.
After enjoying our well earned break we were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Robin, who had been checking out his route for next week's trip to Farnham. We then went our separate ways, having enjoyed a sunny (though not especially warm) day out.
“A” ride report by Frank Cubis
Leaving the Eileen Tozer Centre at Addlestone at 11-25 the ride was advertised as being possibly a little brisk, but 16 riders took up the challenge in warm sunshine with Gerrards Cross as the destination. They were, Graham, Pam, Jen, Vic, Frank H, Steve, Rob, Pete, Bob, Grant, John, Nigel, Ray, Ed, and Steve Hillier making his first ride with the Midweekers. Taking the direct route to Chertsey Bridge we turned left along Thames Side to Laleham and to Staines Town then along More Lane passing under the A30 then north along the cycle path by the M25 to Stanwell. We crossed the M25 via the roundabout at junction 14 with ease, into Poyle and Colnbrook to cross the A4 at Brands Hill, we crossed the Slough arm of the Grand Union canal with long boats moored as far as could be seen, into South Bucks. It was a left and right at Shreding Green, straight over the Uxbridge/Slough road past Pinewood Film Studios and crossed the Alder Bourne ford near Fulmer (only about an inch of water) along Hawkswood Lane and up the only hill of the ride, but still tuff, to lunch at The French Horn pub opposite Gerrards Cross Common. They had no problem with our numbers, eating outside in the garden, food was good and reasonably priced.
Dragging them away from lunch we rode south, through the village of Fulmer and Wexham, past Wexham Hospital to cross the Bath Road just slightly east of Slough town centre riding towards Datchet, we crossed the level crossing at Datchet Station and rode East of Home Park to Old Windsor, it was along this stretch towards Runnymede that Pam was our lead out man with the whole group strung out in single file hanging on to Staines. We had tea in the precinct at Staines at the Bakers Oven, and still in sunshine sat outside. From there we made our individual ways home. It was a pleasure to lead a group of professional midweekers.Frank
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Leader Ed - Weather Sunny
On Ride: Ed, Pam, Rob, Pete M, Ray, Nigel, Bob, Vic, John, Frank H, Pete B, Mike, Steve, Frank P.
Pam led us out via St. Georges, Weybridge. Vic said Cliff Richard lived here (Lets all go on a Summer Holiday) on to Addlestone, Chertsey Boatyard, Thorpe village, Egham across meads to Windsor. Wetherspoons could not cater for all so some of us repaired to The Watermans Arms. On departing Pete M. left us at Eton to start his Easter Tour. On to Datchet, Wraysbury, Staines by river side to Chertsey, Weybridge along river to Walton for tea. Afterwards Bob led some home via Esher, I chose to go via Molsey, Hampton Court with Rob and Frank H.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Meanwhile, Ron's off-road, side streets route via Ashtead Common took us to the Wells Centre at Epsom for tea, then on to where used to be The Rembrandt Cinema at Ewell, where we finally dispersed ...... Brian