Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
25.07.07. GROUP B
We set out from Dorking High Street westwards to the Reigate Road then south into Punch Bowl Lane. Straight on through Newdigate to Rusper, left into East Lane. Through Ifield then north to Charlwood and The Greyhound for lunch.
Good food, the Allday Breakfast was just that. Still in dry conditions but a little cooler we went NW up Stan Hill, and right to Northwood Hill, left to Leigh, Dawesgreen, Bunce Common, and Brockham where some light rain caused us to don jackets, whereupon luck was with us and it dried up. Coach Road over the golf course, A 24, Pixham Lane, London Road through Michelham, to Leatherhead. Somewhere Norman had gone missing on route and managed to find us at Annies for tea.
See you at Chobham.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
We were delighted by the popularity and success of the ride from Kingston to the Tour de France prologue and we hope that you enjoyed it too.
Kingston Cycling Campaign are organising another ride to a big London cycling celebration on Sunday September 23rd - the London FREEWHEEL ride.
Transport for London are celebrating a Europe-wide "In town without my car" event by making traffic-free a 14 km route in central London, allowing thousands of riders to take over the streets and enjoy the capital's most iconic sights including the London Eye, Victoria Embankment, Westminster and St Paul's Cathedral and the Mall.
Freewheelers will also be able to take part in the Freewheel Festival - an event at St James's Park open to all participants and their family and friends. Highlights of the festival will include: a Hovis picnic, BMX, mountain and trial bike stunts, cycling acrobatics, and a cycling circus along with children's activities and information on cycling in London.
We shall be taking a ride from Kingston to join the celebration. If you would like to come too or would like to know more about it, please let me know.
There is a website www.londonfreewheel.com
Kind Regards John
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Now to try and finish off the editorial for the next Sou'Wester by tonight.
Monday, July 23, 2007
From Steve Bott, Ledbury. This year a slightly larger group (Beatie, Carol, Liz, Lynda, Norman & Terry) stayed at Munsley Acre guest house, some four miles out of ledbury, coming up by train on the Wednesday. On the Thursday I took them to Upton-on-Severn for lunch, where we sat outside the pub looking down on the river. TV news yesterday showed those tables standing in floodwater, five metres above normal. The pics show the group at Clenchers Mill ford where I fell off, breaking my leg, three years ago and at Castlemorton common at the S end of the Malverns. Friday was wet, so a shortish ride to a garden centre for lunch and back to Ledbury for a look around the town. Later the group and six Ledbury cyclists came to my place for a buffet meal, the Wayfarers having to ride back to the GH in the dark and rain - this year they didn't get lost!. The other pic was taken last year on the Malvern hills. Best wishes to all wayfarers ............... Steve bott
Friday, July 20, 2007
After lunch, left into Red Lion Rd, staight on to Gracious Pond Rd, through woods to Stone Hill Rd (where we passed the Easyriders going in the opposite direction), left down to Chertsey Rd, back to Addlestone and Weybridge, continued on to and under Walton bridge, along the towpath for tea at Hampton Court.
Robin and John went their seperate ways, the rest of us back to N. Cheam.
The weather was dry and sunny after elevenses and I was surprised to learn that part of Surrey had heavy rain during the afternoon.
See you at Dorking,
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Colin & Shirley turned up at the start to show support and help some of the very young starters set their saddle heights to something more rideable than the very low positions that mums & dads preferred before they proceeded on to another event they were assisting with. David and Dawn also turned up to lend their support complete with Tandem after their morning Downland ride.
We had a good turnout with Harold S., Bill, Fuzz, Dave, Roger, Mark, Dennis and me. We went along Church Road, over the motorway bridge then left up Ongar Hill. I was rather intrigued with Harold`s choice of route but somewhat dismayed when he turned left to the fast downhill at Rowtown to pass the Bourne Valley garden Centre after which a short but almost vertical climb arrives one in New Haw. We got on to Woodham Lane with a reasonable marked cyclepath, as far as the six crossroads near Woking. The traffic was not very heavy and we turned there towards Chobham. A pretty heavy shower meant a stop to cape-up, but a little way further on there appeared to have been no rain. We enjoyed a good lunch after which the intention was to have tea at Shepperton. Dave, Mark, Bill, Roger and Dennis took up my invite to come home for tea at my place. I made it just under 10 miles to lunch and six back via Stonehill Road. Thanks Harold, nice ride (unlike your goodself I had lots of gears!) ------------ Albert
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Lunch was taken at The Pineaple Pub at Dorney - huge multi filled sandwiches caused several improvised doggy bags to appear! Frank was rather surprised to find his allday breakfast also appear as a sandwich. The Jubilee River cycle route, a path into Eton Wick and we were back in Windsor, a brief halt to study The Windsor Eye here for its summer visit; on cycle routes into Windsor Park for a look at the splendid view, a chat with the Park Wardens revealed that park policy was for groups no bigger than six was in order. Two fast riders overtook us but seemed somewhat shocked when Frank Wooshed past them on the descent into Egham on his fixed machine feet a blurr!.
Tea and cake provided by Pam at her home was much appreciated, she looked and sounded as wonderful as ever but still not quite fully recovered from her mishap. A good day out 65 steady miles at a comfortable pace.
Fom Pete M
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thank you all, for the lovely get well card and all your kind thoughts.
I am now fine, but with a small forehead scar. Regret not sending this earlier, but the card arrived during the last two weeks when I was cycling in Slovakia. The Tetra Mountain area is beautiful average hill 700 meters climb two to three times per day.
See you soon
Friday, July 13, 2007
A large whisky /mac was all it needed to put me right. ---------------------------- Albert
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Francoise and Cliff had disappeared early on with separate mechanical problems; Deanne and Grant went no further. After a leisurely breakfast (for many), the rest (Ed, Bernard with friend Will, Brian N, Frank H, Graham, John B, John G, John S, Mike M, Richard, Rob, Toni, Phil L ) carried on.
At the A217/A23 junction I deviated onto NCN21 and then went by road to Tinsley Green, Turners Hill, and the Cat Inn at West Hoathly - a route discussed at 11s. The others ignored my shouts and loyally followed onto the dual carriageway. Later they took in the sights of Crawley including its larger supermarkets; the exact route, a mystery even to the leader. The difference in our routes was around thirty minutes. CTC East Sussex riders arrived from various directions and disappeared into the pub. Eventually all of the Midweekers joined them.
We set off back to Turners Hill and then rode to Effingham Park. In Downlands Lane we found ourselves behind an exceptional load which unintentionally was hedgerow trimming and adding large branches to its load; those nearest also enduring a mini dust storm! After Outwood there was the long uphill drag to Bletchingley and then flatter roads lead to Merstham and Fannie's for leisurely tea and cakes.
Around 70 miles for me on a day that got better and better.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Have of course been out on the bike every day but the increasing ravages of arthritis everywhere mean that I have to be sensible and ensure that I don't cycle too far and then find it difficult to get back home again. Yesterday I went to Hampton Court and back - far enough, but I hate to admit it!!
Hope to see everybody soon.
P.S. "Only" 184 miles now to complete my 100,000 since age 65!!
Not important, just a target which keeps me going despite all the obstacles!
Friday, July 06, 2007
From Mark Roy
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The excitement for A group started after we left the Redhill Methodist Church and headed out on the national cycle route towards Horley and Gatwick. There were eight of us: Brian N, Frank H, John B, Ed, Pete M, Will, Julian and myself. The terrain was pretty smooth for the most part with odd bits of off-road thrown in for additional pleasure. Very few are really bumpy but there was a short stretch with some rather large pot holes. When we were coming into Horley we turned left at the first traffic lights and headed down a main road before turning left again onto one of the Surrey cycle ways. Again, there was a little bit of off-road included but very little really. At the end of a stretch, having just passed under the M23, we turned away from the cycle way and took a right turn, heading down a country lane towards Burstow. Off again to the right and down Church Road we passed the 12th Century Burstow Church before hitting (fortunately not literally) another main road where we turned left and headed towards Crawley . Soon after a left at the roundabout we again turned right through Tinsley Green and then left before coming into Crawley proper, mostly by using cycle tracks alongside the main road. In Crawley we once again sampled the delights of ‘The Jubilee Oak’ which also happens to be a member of the Wetherspoons chain of pubs. It was about 15 miles on the outward journey. The return journey was fairly direct, going as we did via Ifield (including crossing a bridge rather than negotiating a busy roundabout), Charlwood, Leigh and Brockham before six of the eight of us sampled the delights of Dorking Halls for tea and then making our various ways home. Getting to Dorking from Crawley was about 13 miles. All in all, an enjoyable day seems to have been had by all.Stephen Cox
We made our way up Claygate hill, when Ron passed me and said to slow down as the ladies were going too fast!
A short wait at the top, then we proceeded to Hook, then the back roads of Chessington to Ewell, where we took the bike path along near Nescott college. We then went thro' the alleyways to Epsom, round the roundabout at Ashley Rd., and continued to the back of Epsom hospital up Wilmerhatch. We then took a right turn by the garden centre and went through Ashtead Pk. A right turn at the High St. took us to Barnett Wood Rd., where we stopped for lunch at The Woodman. The weather stayed dry, although cloudy. After a nice lunch we went back over Ashtead Common to Epsom and had tea at Longmead Day Centre.
It did rain when we were inside but it stopped when we were ready to leave. What luck! We went our separate ways home and I got back without getting wet. A good day out don't listen to the weather forecast.
Well fellow midweekers its strange what fate has in store for you, and little did I know as I settled into an extremely nice slice of coffee cake and a cuppa at Redhill DC this morning. People were very friendly and seemed pleased to see me out again after my return from France. Anyways there was the usual talk of the forthcoming rides. Some of which appeared directed to me. "Pourquoi ?" I thought, and having not read or seen the June issue of the Sou'wester........ being away an all that !!!! it soon dawned on me. To say that I was a tad under prepared would have a been a mild understatement.
Opps! and big apologies to Brian S. who had kindly noted my mild interest to lead in the spring when previously asked. Never happen I thought i'm not really a cyclist with all ex pros to do the job.
Well with very little time and quick chat with young Norman my original intentions back in the spring of a ride towards KENT was put together. Edenbridge was deemed to far due to the very uncertain weather forecast for the afternoon. So East Grinsted it was with Wiremill as the stop, an old haunt of mine when it was a disco/nightclub back in the early 70s. The loop back was easy via Bletchingly and Fannies Farm for the teastop. JOB DONE !! Who needs maps.
Feeling sort of pleased I headed 7 keen riders Norman, Les, Bernard, Cliff Tony'D, John and myself out of Redhill towards the old hospital, just follow the signs..... Several back turns later and still in Redhill with a vote of no confidence rapidly building, I was getting the distinct feeling this was not going to be as easy as I had thought. Well thankfully Norman saved the day and acted as my navigator. He wasn't to know of course that I'm slightly deaf with a mind prone to wandering.
Thankfully... give or take the odd missed turn we all made it to the Wiremill for lunch. The route B roads via Outwood, and Newchapel, to Felbridge was very pleasent and undulating. Much talk amongst the peleton of a previous night's visit by some riders to the Sound of Music got my mind wandering "the hills are alive" more of that later.
Fully fed and watered... (thumbs up to the Wiremill for reasonable priced food served in pleasent surroundings and no long waits). I headed the peleton out for the return leg. Reasonably fine weather prompted thought by me that things were looking up, slightly ahead of schedule and no puntures. BANG! wrong. Tony quickly put paid to that. But then gave a fine demonstration of tube/tyre change 5 mins excellent stuff.
So we rolled out, a minor change of route... well, after all the others, water off the proverable ducks back! saw us heading towards Lingfield. This diversion via Crowhurst was to lead us back across the A22 into Bletchingly via the infamous North face of Tilburstow Hill. Well a ride with Nigel C without a hill?
Up though Bletchingly then left and down Little Common Lane gave revenge.
Bernard desending like a blade (Pam watch out when your back you have competion!!) The final assent of Muckridge Lane to Fannies brought crys of "Da ja vaux" and proved Tony... soft rear tyre is a serious power climber. So then it was my turn for teas all round, but as Cliff said we can't be bought the truth will out.
Well I award myself 5/10 for effort with a big thankyou to Norm for helping save the day and my fellow B riders for putting up with me. I do promise next time ..................
Cheers Nigel C