Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The route from Egham went past Irene's Teas (closed for two weeks) and back onto roads at Laleham for a final dash to Watson's (ex Holt's) bakery in Shepperton. A comfortably warm day though cloudy at times; route as described: around 35 miles.
and hope I havent forgotten anybody!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thanks John ------------------------------- Albert
Friday, August 24, 2007
The new set of 14 maps, developed with the London Cycle Campaign, are double-sided, hard-wearing and contain a wealth of information about 4,000km of routes. This includes the London Cycle Network Plus (a network of signed routes for cyclists across the capital), the National Cycle Network and routes through parks and canal towpaths.
The easy to use maps help cyclists to identify quick or quiet routes wherever they want to travel in the Capital. The cycle routes featured have all been ridden and recommended by experienced cyclists.
The cycle maps are available to order a month ahead of the Hovis London Freewheel, a fun, free bike ride open to all Londoners taking place on Sunday 23 September. Tens of thousands of riders are expected to cycle into a 14km central London route free of non-cycle traffic passing some of the Capital's most iconic sights. For more information and to register for the event, visit: www.londonfreewheel.com.
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, said: “'Cycling is the fastest, cheapest, most healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around London. These new cycle maps will make cycling in London easier and help cyclists explore a whole new side to the capital by discovering literally thousands of short cuts and little known paths.”
Jenny Jones, the Mayor's Green transport advisor, said: 'Londoners are realising that cycling is fun as well as efficient. These new maps and the Hovis London Freewheel will give everyone a chance to find that out for themselves.'
Charlie Lloyd, London Cycling Campaign, said: "The London Cycle Guide maps have proven to be the most useful aid for anyone cycling in London. They provide all you need to make cycling the quickest, most effective way of getting around London. The wider coverage of the new edition Cycle Guides is exactly what we need. Discovering new areas and new routes is easier than ever. "
The maps can be requested online from www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling or by calling TfL’s customer service helpline on 020 7222 1234. They are also available in cycle shops throughout the Capital.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
He had an accident on his bike last week on Wednesday on his way to the lunch stop. He was on his own as he was late for 11's. He says he has a broken rib and bruises.
Apparently, he was going up a slope and his wheel got caught in a gulley. He was in Kingston hospital when I spoke to him, awaiting a doctor to give permission for him to go home today. He says the rib will take approximately 10 weeks to heal. He is on morphine, but he can still feel pain.
Please pass on to other Wayfarers.
Bye for now,
Monday, August 20, 2007
Last week, my wife suffered a minor stroke. She is out of hospital but cannot be left on her own for long periods and cannot drive.The cause of the stroke was diagnosed and the appropriate drugs prescribed, she is expected to make a complete recovery but the time factor is unknown. So I will not be able to lead this Wednesday or ride future Wednesdays until my wife can be left alone.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
It was nice to see Pam at elevenses with a bike of 26 vintage which must have belonged to her grandma. We got to Chertsey via lower Shepperton, then over Chertsey bridge, left into Fordwater Road, right past Stepgates, then down Highfield Road, Station Road and over the level crossing to Holloway Hill. Then up Stonehills Road and via Gracious Pond to where Red Lion Road starts where we took a left to bring us out to the main road about half a mile from Chobham. Here we parted company with those who had sandwiches and pressed on to our destination.
We had lunch outside in the sunshine. The food was good, as was the beer, and afterwards we split up with some having a long ride home and some going back to Shepperton for tea. For the return ride there was just three of us Roger, Harold and me. I left them at the bottom of Holloway Hill and made my way home via Green Lane. The first taste of headwind was as I turned into my road with just over 100 yards to go!
Thanks Roger ---------------------- Albert
Let's hope it won't be too long before she is able to come on a ride again. Despite the forecast and damp start to the day, there were 10 of us in B Group this week: the French contingent of Francois and Christine, Carolyn, Bernard, John G., Terry, Les, Cliff, Neil and me, Gill, the leader.
Amazingly, again despite the forecast, we had a dry day with quite a bit of sunshine.
The forecast strong winds which did eventuate didn't really worry us until we headed home. This was a ride following the River Thames downstream from Walton to Old Isleworth where we had lunch at The Town Wharf. We followed the towpath to Teddington, with an unplanned stop at the Molesey Thameside Heritage Marker requested by Les. Here he showed us a plaque with the name Les Johnson and a bike, not his name - no 't' - but apparently that of a former member of the Wayfarers(?). While there we tested the sundial which did work when you stood on the disc with the correct month! At Hampton Court we were joined by Brian who just happened to be passing and going our way. He left us at Teddington Lock where we crossed to the other side of the river. After a bit of main road to Twickenham, it was back to the river and on to Warren Footpath which skirts Marble Hill Park, coming out at Richmond Bridge.
A combination of roads and alleyways finally brought us to The Town Wharf where, to start with, we were the only ones lunching on the riverside balcony. An idyllic spot if you discount the constant flow of aircraft heading to Heathrow above us, looking across a narrow channel to Isleworth Ait (admittedly the tide was down but it was coming in) and with a view downstream to the church and well-known London Apprentice pub. After lunch we continued to follow the Thames Path signs across Syon Park (with its Highland cattle), down to the Grand Union Canal and the Thames Lock where it enters the Thames, across Waterman's Park and finally down a flight of steps to join a riverside path which took us to Kew Bridge.
This had been the challenging section - no hills, just steps. From here it was an easy ride through Strand on the Green to Chiswick Bridge, and round Duke's Meadows to the final challenge of the steps at Barnes railway footbridge! Here we left the river and headed for tea in Richmond Park at Roehampton Gate, after which everyone went their own ways home.
Terry, Neil and I returned to the river at Teddington, retracing our outward route and passing several C group riders coming the other way!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
From Pete M
Thursday, August 09, 2007
and leisurely but eventually we headed back towards Pirbright.
Ian caused two short delays, firstly by unshipping a pannier on the descent of Tunnel Hill, and secondly by needing directions to Christmaspie, his resting place for the day. We went past the shrine of Edward the Martyr before descending to Mayford. Here Vic has a small surprise in store.
Avoiding the customary Pyle Hill and/or Old Woking routes, we continued to Worplesdon Station and onto the A320. Turning (thankfully) at the next left,we went into Jacob's
Well and along the A3 cyclepath to Ockham Bites where we separated. After the miserable late spring/early summer, it had been another sunny day and about right temperature wise.
Here are a few snaps taken yesterday.
My comments about the ride (for what it is worth...) - High conflict between cycling and photography as Terry's off the beaten track ride was very colourful whilst riding along the canal. I regret that I couldn't stop to take snaps of the blossoming waterlilies and refections in the water...
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Thanks John for a nice ride. I did around 32miles by 3.45-----------Abert
John left here on Monday for Hereford where he will collect his caravan and on Thursday he will make his way to Norfolk for the V-CC camp where I will join him and around 100 more members for a weeks cycling(on my 1928 Raleigh loop frame), that's IF the Phisio gives me the go ahead! Fingers crossed!
She sends regards to everyone, saying how much she misses the club rides and how terrible it is having to drive every where.
B Group Ride 1 August 2007
Having passed thru’ East and West Horsley, we took two successive cross-country tracks, the first Northward and the second Westward. The first track included some muddy and rutted sections, which we walked. At the end of the second track, which was concrete and a much smoother ride, we crossed into Tithebarns Lane where Neville had his first puncture. Norman kindly offered to stay behind to help Neville, while the rest of us cycled through Send (Phil C punctured), Pyrford Village and Pyrford Green to lunch by the River Wey at the recently refurbished Anchor Inn at Pyrford Lock.
Neville and Norman eventually joined us, and, despite the vast numbers of lunchtime diners, our lunch was served efficiently and quickly.
In the afternoon we cycled via Wisley Village, Elm Corner, Wisley Aerodrome, Martyrs Green and Downside (Neville’s second puncture) to Stoke D’Abernon. In Oxshott the party divided into two, some taking tea at Epsom and some at Long Ditton.
Those who made it to lunch at Pyrford Lock were: Christine, Francois, Gill, Judy, Nicky, Alan, Bernard, Bill, Cliff, David, John G, John M, Les, Neil (returning to Wayfarers after some years), Neville, Norman, Phil C (Nicky’s Dad), Terry and Will. Also, Harold arrived independently at the Anchor to take our photos.
Round trip mileage from North Cheam was 45.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Today I led the A team cycle ride from Cobham.
There were quite a few of us, not least people who seemed to share the same name. There were two Johns (B and S), Two Mike’s (M and R), two Franks (C and H), two Steve’s (C and H – although the author of this masterpiece prefers to be known as Stephen) there might even have been two Pete’s if B had turned up but it was only M. Additionally there were a number of people who just rejoiced in their own name: Bob, Ray, Vic, Ian, Ed and Tony.
We went over the usual back routes via Ockham and on down to East Clandon . At the end of that, there is a climb up to the top and across to Shere. When you get near the top, there is a pretty good view behind you over to London . We did not take advantage of this since we were too challenged by the climb. Going down the other side gives you a nice rest as well as a good bit of speed.
We then joined the A248 through Albury before joining the A3001 and ambling along to Godalming where The Jack Phillips (a Wetherspoons public house let it be said) happened to await our arrival.
For our return trip we retraced our tracks for a bit and then went along the A3000 to Guildford, skirting the main part of the town and then going round to Burpham and along the edge of the A3 to Ripley and on to Ockham Bites for final refreshments before heading for home.
Yours hopefully Stephen