Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thanks to Simon and Jen for a wonderful week in Brittany. Their Cottage is fantasstic, sleeps many all in one bed! We also learned that in France they have a wonderful way of making bread in an outdoor oven. Ian and Maureen had organised the trip and some how or other I invited myself along. THanks to all for putting up with me!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
After our 11's at Leatherhead, which included home-made cakes by Sonia, (as she has recently had a big birthday), and sips of Indian whisky from Harold (to give us extra energy); we were a baker's dozen. Mike, our leader; and Helga, Lynda, Beryl, Pat and Bill, Bill H, John C, Charles, Mark, Roger, Dennis and Harold. We went past Mill Pond; where we saw a swan and 4 signets enjoying the good weather, to Fetcham and into Bookham Common (tunnel car park). Into Effingham Common to Old Lane. It was a nice track, off road, before getting to the A3 foot-bridge near Wisley Gardens. It would be nice if they made a gulley over this bridge, but after getting all our bikes over, it was a nice ride down through Wisley Village to Pyrford; where we stopped for lunch at The Anchor Inn. It was looking very busy so Mike went in to ask what the waiting time for food was. We were told 20 mins, so decided to go in and order. I was pleasantly surprised how organised the waiting staff were and our meals came very promptly. After an enjoyable lunch, we took the towpath opposite the Anchor to make our way to Ripley. We passed Newark Priory and the house of John Dunne. This was a new route to some of us and a good one. We came past the Seven Stars then made our way to Cobham Day Centre via Ockham. I phoned the day centre in advance, so they had tea and muffins ready for when we got there. lAfter tea we all went our separate ways home.
Bye for now,
A multi-national group left Addlestone Day Centre rather late, due to the distance some of us had to travel to rendezvous. A local was recruited to lead us on an impromptu ride, which turned out better than expected. Starting with Green Lane, the route included Lyne, Trumps Green, Wellington Avenue and a Great Escape kind of dash through Wentworth Golf Club before they could head us off. To Cheapside, the Peanut roundabout, Cranbourne, Drift Road, Fifield, Moneyrow Green and Holyport for lunch. The group dispersed into three of the pubs in the area , depending on taste. All cost more to patronise than your average Wetherspoons, so to quieten muttering from the ranks, the leader took us to see the tariffs posted outside the restaurants in Bray, owned by Heston Blumenthal and the Roux brothers respectively.
Having thus quelled a potential rebellion, he took us to Monkey Island, where is a cycle path alongside the M4 convenient for crossing the Thames to Dorney, thence Eton, Windsor,Datchet and Old Windsor for a brisk run across Runnymede, redolent of a flat stage of the TdF of our dreams. Tea was had at the bakers shop in Staines High Street (you know, the one near the statue to two blokes who used to steal rolls of lino)Afterwards we dispersed in groups to our respective televisions to see the real TdF.
From Vic White
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
YH Trip to Telscombe & Truleigh Hill Hostels
Wednesday July 9th
The weather forcast was very bad – (It was right). In torrential rain we met at Tesco’s Hookwood, the eight dedicated hostelers floated off eventually leaving the area after a series of committee style decisions found a suitable direction to” The Cat “ at West Hoathly for lunch, warmth and food restored our spirits – but it was still pouring as the shortest way was taken to Lewes for food supplies (Self cooking at the hostel).
Armchairs & Costa coffee at Tesco’s, thankfully the rain had stopped allowing a dry climb up to the hostel snug in the valley at Telscombe for a pleasant evening of banter and chat as hostelling should always be.57miles (50 in the rain)
Thursday dawned bright and warm making yesterdays efforts definitely worth the effort. A short tour of the church yard to visit the grave of the brother of Gracie Fields (A Star of the thirties!), oil for the chains & away over the hill into a fresh westerly head wind found us at the foot of the cliffs on the under cliff way at Peacehaven taking us as far as Brighton past the skeleton remains of the old pier, through via cycle way behind Shoreham Power Station over two huge sea lock gates onto lunch taken at the wonderful Art Deco restaurant at Shoreham Airport.
An afternoon in the sun on Lancings immaculate putting green found Ian & Ed both making holes in One! Eventual winner being Ian (Beginners luck?). Italian multi flavoured icecreams at Macari’s Italian Restaurant by Worthing Pier befor climbing past Somptings Norman Church on a stiff climb over the downs offering clear views inland and dropping quickly down to “The Steyning Tea Rooms” for Cream Tea etc.
Time was running out if we were to make the Hostel in time to order an evening meal
So the ever efficient organiser Terry phoned in our request plus estimated time of arrival Neal, Ray & Ian chose the shorter (6 miles less) but very steep rough ascent
Pete, Pam, Ed & Terry the scenic but longer via the cycle way over the Old Toll Bridge at Shoreham (Closed for repairs!) so even longer. Norman with a private plan took off and got lost arriving much later in the evening. Neil had waited until the evening to anounce the putting champions and generously presented Ed & Ian with bottles of wine. 39 miles
Friday again wonderful panoramic views whilst eating an exceptionaly good hostel breakfast. We all descended the steep way down to Steyning and now a good tail wind through quiet lanes to coffee at “Camelia Bothar Garden centre” switch back lanes by the Hammer Ponds to meet Mike M for lunch at “The Holmbury Inn” Faygate, a leisurely tea at Denbies and home via Ashtead Common. 48 miles.
Thank you Terry for the inspiration and organising such a memorable and enjoyable
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Needless to say the group gave me a bit of stick. How many riders will I loose on my next expedition? Place your bets!!!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
From Pete Mitchell