Thursday, November 29, 2007
I am concerned that I am now receiving requests to vary the accommodation bookings (vis: Mike Morleys request for a single room rather than a double room with an additional single room for Toni d'Italia and Ian Appletons request for the duration of his stay to be one day shorter due to his intended late arrival by one day).
It is now very difficult to change the bookings as a contract has been entered into with the owner of the Auberge. We are now bound by this contract which was based on your individually requested bookings. The owners will look to you individually to compensate them for any financial shortfall which might occur in you shortening or amending the bookings.
Indeed I have secured a very special deal with the owner of the Auberge because of the numbers of beds required. (i.e. a reduction in the normal price to be paid by smaller parties). This will be as stated Euro 32.50 per person per night.
I have e-mailed Mike that I will see if there is any room for manoeuvre with the owners when I go to the Jura at Christmas (not what I really wanted to do! It spoils my relaxation with my family during the festive season). However, as the region is very popular, as evidenced by my failure to gain accommodation at Le Chalet de la Haute-Joux, I am in some doubt that I will be successful in this respect. Even if I am successful the owners may want to increase the prices for you all due to the fact that they will be one room short when they try to satisfy other demands for accommodation (they are an over flow for Le Chalet de la Haute-Joux).
I am not gaining anything by running this trip other than seeing you all have a very good holiday. However, if I am constantly being harassed to change arrangements I may think twice about running such events in future.
Hope you will appreciate my position.
The offroad started with Claygate Common and we had a couple of more cracks at the outback stuff before reaching Stoke D`Abernon. Our second section offroad brought us out next to the small chapel at Downside Common. Mark left us here and pressed on to Bookham Common.
We took a lane that brought us out to Stoke Road which we crossed before starting a spot more puddle jumping. We emerged into a road familiar to most of us. It was most of the vertical part of Plough Lane! We crossed the road at The Mucky Duck and continued down Ockham Road with a fairly easy ride to lunch. By the way this is the only place I have found which gives one a choice of brown or white baguette to enclose ones bacon and brie. However I am not paid to advertise and as tea was to be at Leatherhead I made a beeline for home via Ripley.
I forgot to mention John had a slow puncture but got his lunch in time. ---------------- Albert
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Here are the basic details:
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Elevenses Redhill 'The Arches'
Destination : Dormansland
On Ride : Pete M, Pete B, Jake, Brian, John B, Will, Ian, Ray, Richard, Mike, Rob, Grant, Stephen, Toni. Route out, Smallfield, Lingfield, Dormansland for lunch. Weather: Fine after heavy overnight rain. Route Back, Lingfield, Blindley Heath, Smallfield, Redhill 'Wetherspoons The Sun' for tea. Home via Gatton, Chipstead, Banstead, Ewell. Distance 55miles
Before reaching the turning to Walton Bridge we made a left turn ostensibly for a bit of a diversion. I was having some trouble with vision in the lowering sunlight and stated my intention to make my own way to the pub down Walton Lane and via my birthplace Thames street; a spot I can find with my eyes shut! This worked out quite well as we all arrived at our destination at the same time.
The food was good as was the beer after which I went home with less than two miles to go. Thanks John -------------------------- Albert
From Redhill I led Angie, Liz, Stephanie, Bernard, Cliff, David A, Les, Mick and Norman south alongside the busy A23 Brighton Road until we could fork right to enjoy the relative peace and quiet of Pendleton Road. At Woodhatch we joined Lonesome Lane and continued south to Meath Green having noted the fan club en route. A short stretch of the A217 then we turned right to Charlwood, Russ Hill, Partridge Lane, left into Burntoak Lane past the moated Cudworth Manor to arrive at The Six Bells at Newdigate at about 1245.
I had been warned there would be others in the bars but the place was bulging with pensioners! Some were skittling in the alley but we went outside where heaters had been switched on in the smokers' covered, open area for us. This soon proved too breezy so we relocated to a conveniently empty, unheated but fairly draught-proof marquee and later moved indoors when others had moved on. The food was splendid and generous, the rather extended break ended about 1410 and we headed for Dorking via the usual lanes. Then down Pixham Lane and along the cycle track to Leatherhead where some carried straight on and some of us stopped at Annie's. After an enjoyable sunny day, although a bit breezy at times, we went our separate ways, hopefully all arriving home before the rain.
Dates : 6th May 2008 to 12th May 2008 (14th may 2008)
Due to the high demand on the Le Chalet de la Haute-Joux no rooms were available for the duration of our trip. However at their suggestion I had a meeting with Honorine Henriet at the Auberge Loisirs Le Sillet at Longcochon and I found it to be ideal for what we were looking for. They charge Euro 32.50 per person for demi pension (bed, breakfast and a traditional Jurasienne evening meal including bed-linen and towels.) All rooms have a shower, basin and toilet en-suite. The rooms I saw were double with twin beds which could either be placed side by side for couples or apart for others.
The Auberge is an ancient, traditional Jurasienne farmhouse which has been completely refurbished to modern standards. The view from the rooms I visited was stunning and, in the distance, overlooked the ancient walled city of Nozeroy which incidentally is the smallest walled city in France . Nozeroy makes an ideal destination for anyone requiring a restaurant or bar in the evening and is less than 10 minutes by bike or even less by car.
Anyone travelling by EuroStar and changing on to the TGV should alight at Frasne (pronounced Fran) which is 15Km from the Auberge (an easy cycle ride).
There is ample parking for cars and covered secure storage for bicycles.
Friday, November 16, 2007
To-day I move out of my flat to house which is only a few streets away!
I still have a lot to do but will get there by the end of the day!!
I am told by Talktalk that it could be 5th December before I am back 'on-line'! Could you post this mail on the Blog to let all know of my move and to say that all are welcome - with a little notice for there is still some 'finishing off' to be done in the house!
Cheers to all, Pam
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Les,JohnG,Mick,Neville,PhilL,Richard,Robin and Terry to Wood Street Village. From
Weybridge via Brooklands, Byfleet, Old Woking and Smart Heath to the
Royal Oak (Wood Street) where, in spite of the large group, we received rapid
service with good food. Return via Jacobs Well,Send and Ripley to tea at
Cobham. From there we went our separate ways home
lead. Just six of us; Phil, Beryl, Fuzz, Bill, Roger and me.
Our lunch destination was Thorpe Green, but the pub was unknown to
myself. We took the cyclepath to Addlestone, up Woburn Hill, across the dual
carriageway,under St.Peters Way via the tunnel and thus to Green Lane. We turned
left into Little Green Lane after crossing over the M25. A bit of a climb on this
road; over the Guildford Road near the hospital to join a footpath which came
out on the Chobham Road at which point we did a right and left to the
Longcross Road along which a right turn took us through Lyne. When we got to Thorpe
Road the offroad started after which we almost arrived at Egham Hythe. According
to the barmaid it was still Thorpe Green and having ordered a drink we found
they did not do food as neither did the next pub down the road. However Bill and
I had a couple of beers and he had his sandwiches. I told Phil we would see him
at Shepperton (our tea stop). The others must have taken tea some other
place since it was getting late when we left Shepperton also a bit misty. I
hope the others had a good lunch. I got stuck in as soon as I arrived home!
The pub was welcoming, the beer good and the food tasty, plentiful and promptly brought to us in the Skittle Alley, where we talked (among many other things) about childhood illnesses and remedies (liquid paraffin for constipation, thick black treacle for throats and bacon rind for a stiff neck), the impossible burgeoning and insecurity of e-mails, the Mafia and tricycles.
Bob brought us to order and we followed a fairly similar route back to Addlestone where most people opted to carry on home while a few had tea in the Muffin Cafe. It was an excellent outing in good weather and, for me at least, opened up new territory. I clocked 48 miles from Kingston door to door—others will have done more.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
We live in a world where there are at least two sides to each story. It is a fact of our life as we know it that our lives consist of shades opposites: good, bad; up, down; right, wrong; good, evil; until such time as we get to understand the unity at the core of everything.
Last week, for the third time in a row, Mike Morley managed to miss the time when the A team left. He therefore went with the B team. His write up following this reflected the fact that he thought he ought to have been included in the A team’s ride.
On the other hand, the leader of the A team was concerned that the ride that he had planned was a long one and one that needed to have sufficient daylight to complete it in. He said that he’d warned all the A team riders that he was intending to leave promptly and this is what he did.
In a universe of shades of opposites we are all subject to issues such as these: leaving very promptly on the one hand (being quick), taking time out to talk to other people on the other (being slower). No one is right, no one is wrong. We are just living as we choose, hopefully taking as much trouble as we can to help one another.
In Mike’s case, he is the editor of the ‘Sou’Wester’ and as such needs to be in touch with other cyclists to ensure that the next edition has some content. He is therefore not simply turning up for the rides but needs to speak to people as part of the role he has undertaken.
I would make a plea for us all to be aware of the needs of others so far as we can and to co-operate in the smooth running of the Wayfarers’ meetings.
We are unlikely to get it right all the time and so to please everyone but we can all do our best to do this.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Please let me know before my next visit to France on the 15th November 2007 (vis that is by the 14th November 2007) if you can make these dates and additionally I would appreciate you returning my form given out on the 31st November 2007 at Shepperton together with your deposits of Â£30 so that I can reserve the accommodation.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
bridge thence to Weybridge and Addlestone to Hardwick Lane where I
stopped to warn our destination we were coming. Soon we turned left
into the quiet, deserted Lyne Road, emerging at Trumps Green to
continue up Trumps Green Road, soon turning left into Kitsmead Lane.
It was very quiet and colourful riding along Accommodation Road,
Stonehill Road, Old Chertsey Road and Philpot Lane heading towards
lunch at The Plough at Horsell. They advise 'We don't serve fast
food, we serve good food as fast as we can' and that was the case
today. We then headed south, soon found the Basingstoke Canal and
rode along the towpath, eventually leaving it at Scotland Bridge,
Byfleet, after a photo-stop at a footbridge. Through West Byfleet,
past Pyrford Lock, over the A3 via the footbridge at Wisley, we
arrived at Ockham Bites about 10 minutes before closing time, after
which we went our separate ways. A very pleasant day, wonderful
autumn colours and dry, mild conditions - pretty good for this time