Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I plan to canvas for 5 more riders at Cobham 1st July, hopefully two will be ladies but if not we'll have to convert them to men and let them burn us off on the hills as they often do, especialy Liz.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tea was at `Five on the Bridge` at Hampton Court.
For the record I arrived home well after eleven having spent over four hours in A&E. Afraid I`ll be out of commission for a few weeks. Ho Hum--------Albert
Friday, June 26, 2009
The illustration above shows access problems that arose at Caterham, in that case resolved most amicably.
I am sure that in future we will all respect the access needs of users of all the centres that receive us and show every courtesy to our hosts.
I would be grateful if this message can be brought to the attention of those who do not have access to a personal computer.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Immediately after John Arkless discovered his first puncture of the day.
Continuing along the Basingstoke Canal, Frank also had a puncture plus further tyre complications and decided along with Franscoise to call it a day at Woking.
The remaining group arrived at Cobham, our tea destination, after yet another puncture for John before continuing homeward and clocking up 61 miles. A special thanks to Stephanie for her support and Charles as back marker.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
My thanks also to my supporters from the cottage, each day I gradually increased my mileage during the week, starting with 15mls on the Monday to 46mls on the Thursday
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Meeting at the Bradbury Active Aid Centre in Kingston. I advertised the destination to be Little Venice just off the Edgware Road, Maida Vale thinking it might attract about 8 to 10. (Wrong) 19 left Kingston heading along the Richmond Road to turn right into Latchmere Road towards the Park, the group were Pam, Telemetry Mark, Ray, Ed, Toni, Paul, Pete, Graham, Grant, Vic, Jeff, Bob, Mike M, & Mike A, Nev,
David A, John’s B & S. The exact route can be viewed on the Mid Week Wayfarers Blog but basically, in the park at Ham gate, out at Sheen gate, along to Kew bridge, the back roads to Ealing, then once we negotiated the 270 yards of the North Circular Road it was all off road cycle paths passing by but avoiding the infamous Hanger Lane Gyratory, to pick up the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal and tow paths to Little Venice. We dined at the Café Laville. This is directly over the tunnel were narrow boats were passing under us. Ron and Doreen were there on our arrival and I think an excellent lunch was served, some even enjoying a tipple of wine. From there it was a shorter trip back to tea in Richmond Park by the golf course via, Hyde Park, the Albert Memorial, South Kensington, Barons Court, Hammersmith and Barnes. Despite all my efforts nobody was left behind on route apart from loosing Mike M who chose to go ahead after lunch at Lancaster Gate, but reappeared at tea going via Wandsworth and the A3. My total mileage was a modest 43 miles.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
A start of 140 bed nights in 8 days coupled with fairly dismal weather meant hard work especially as I had man flu. Some days it did improve but usually just before 5(!); the high(?) was a 5.6 mile fishing trip (down to the pier for haddock from the van). But since the bank holiday, fewer and fewer guests mixed with better and better weather have left plenty of time to rediscover most parts (pigs!) of the island. It’s been blue skies and strong winds though due to a direction change it’s now “all clothes on” days after days of sunstroke weather. Saturday we’re off – trains to Rogart, a quick Far North West tour and home on Thursday.
Friday, June 12, 2009
A dispiriting weather forecast was confirmed by a peep through the curtains. However, a break in the clouds encouraged a rainless sprint to St Martin’s, Dorking. The congregation swelled till near departure time, then once again the clouds closed in and the rain came down with what seemed like implacable malevolence. To go, or not to go? That was the question. Undaunted, a web-footed gaggle of cycling waterfowl waddled out to paddle forth. Behind them, peering out of the aquarium fronted porch of St Martin’s, the aquaphobic followers of the Church of Meteorology looked on in horror as they contemplated a hasty return to homesteads dry.
Thus, the amphibious flotilla set off for Holy Trinity, Westcott, comprising Brian, Ed, Jeff, John, Julian, Mark, Ray and Vic. No sooner had we commenced the climb of Logmore Lane than the sun was shining on the righteous. Perhaps we were rising above the clouds, the rain now history for the rest of the excursion. Emerging onto Coldharbour Lane, there were still a few more metres yet to climb to Coldharbour. The reward was an ergonomic freebie all the way from Christ Church down to Stane Street, no need to pedal even once! The same again to Ockley (this really is too easy), before we leave the Roman Way at Cathill Lane. As we pass the lane to the Church of St John the Baptist, some riders to the rear are distracted by a flash of lycra and find they are playing tag with the tailend of the B Group. Is somebody playing one big joke on us?
Reunited with the waiting vanguard, the fleet continues on its steady way through the familiar lanes of Walliswood and Ellen’s Green, to bypass Rudgwick and find its lunchtime mooring at the Mucky Duck at Tisman’s Common. This pleasant pub was very quiet; we had the dining room to ourselves, the food enjoyable. Having identified the problems and solutions for many of the ills of the world, we make an unhurried shuffle to prepare for the homeward stretch.
The distance Dorking to Dorking no more than 41 miles, with a door to door supplement to take it up to 58 in total.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
On an ideal cycling day (neither too cold nor too hot) 20 of us left Cobham for today's B ride. Twenty being an uncomfortably large number, I set off at a fast pace in an attempt to drop a few off the end. In this I was unsuccessful, although Godfrey left us after a few minutes to return home because he had a slow puncture. From Martyrs Green, we crossed Wisley airfield to Elm Corner and the footbridge over the A3 and proceeded through Wisley and Pyrford to Woking. Taking the canal path through Woking Centre we passed thru' Castle Green and Chobham and on to lunch in the garden of The Brickmakers near Windlesham. After lunch,we returned by a different route to Chobham and via Gracious Pond Road to Stonehill. Here, our dozy ride leader missed the right turn into Foxhills Road which would have taken us into Ottershaw. So we took the next (off-road) right turn through Homewood Park, emerging on the Guildford Road about 1 km North of Ottershaw. Here our leader made a very stupid mistake and, instead of continuing South on the Guildford Road, we turned East onto St Peters Way, a very fast 6 lane dual carriageway feeder road for the M25. Unable to turn back we had to negotiate the dangerous roundabout above junction 11 of the M25 and eventually emerged on the Chertsey Road at Woburn Hill. From here, and with the help of Pam, we safely crossed Addlestone to tea at the new ice-cream parlour at Crockford Bridge Farm. After tea we continued through the farm to Cox's Mill and took the Wey Navigation towpath to Weybridge where we dispersed to our various homes.
Today’s route took us due South along Plough Lane and through Ockham before starting the inevitable climbing up Hungry Hill Lane to East Clandon. Crossing the A246 meant a further climb up Staple Lane, where Pete B and Ray had to leave us, before the rapid descent down Coombe Bottom and across the A25 into Shere.
Then it was uphill again passing Little London and the attractive villages of Farley Green and Shamley Green. Shortly after, we had our first and only puncture of the day, John A drawing the short straw. Fortunately this occurred close to our lunch stop at the Grantley Arms at Wonersh, so John got his lunch without undue delay. Ron and Doreen also joined us for lunch here. which on the whole received general approval, though John S discovered some grit in his salad, and informed the management accordingly.
After lunch the cloud promised by the weather men arrived but it remained dry as we passed through Shalford and Guildford High Street before joining the A3 cycle path which took us through Ripley to our tea stop at Ockham Bites. I covered 55 miles today.