Sunday, September 30, 2018

Datchet - Henley - Datchet

A good turnout at Nibbles cafe Datchet for the ride to Henley, so 13 of us set off for lunch at the Catherine Wheel pub/hotel in Henley. A straightforward route through Windsor, Clewer, (where Ray punctured) Dedworth, Fifield, Waltham St Lawerence and Twyford. 

Across the Bath road and through Sonning, Play Hatch and the gentle climb up to Binfield Heath and country lanes to Henley. The weather smiled on us and we sat in the pub garden to enjoy our lunch. We did linger a while basking in the last days of sun. At this point Brian Bent left us to visit  a friend. 

The return journey took us over Henley bridge and a right turn into Wargrave road for a mile or 2 before turning into Kenton lane and the climb up to Cockpole  Green and a right turn into Warren Row rd and past the Velolife cafe.  Back across the Bath road at Knowl Hill and the really nice gentle decent to White Waltham. And passing Maidenhead to the south we were soon at Bray, not going as far as Monkey Island we took the path right next to the M4 to Dorney Court where half a dozen opted to stop for tea sitting in the Sun, the rest headed home by various routes.

Then the short ride back to Datchet where some took the train. Pete Betts and his daughter, Alice, followed me back to Isleworth where we parted company.

A really lovely days cycling with great weather and good company. Thanks to Tim for back marking. 73 miles for me but I know some did a lot more.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tony's ride from Datchet (map and photo)

A very enjoyable ride yesterday with a couple of well selected undulations to amuse us just before and just after lunch.

In the sun at The Catherine Wheel (JDW) in Henley
~ Tim

Sou'westers painting donated to The Angel

You may remember that Brian Bent painted a special leaving card for Irene North when she left us for Kings Lynn. The card was a reduction of the original painting, and Brian offered to donate the original. After some thought, it was decided to offer it to the Angel, Thames Ditton; the venue for Cheam & Morden and Wayfarers Christmas lunches. With the help of Pam, the offer was made and gratefully accepted. Next time you go, with luck the picture will be on display.
Brian with Kyle, from the Angel
Brian's picture: Sou'Westers outside the Angel.   Can you recognise anyone?

Bike Cameras by Mike Reynell

Hi Mike, it was very interesting to read your account and I'm impressed that Sussex Police are so supportive. Do you have any experience of Surrey Police position on this. So far I have made little progress with my being hit behind by a coach on at the Beeverbrook roundabout on the A24 Leatherhead bypass despite the fact that a police report has been written which according to Slater Gordon puts the onus on the coach driver for Edward Thomas & Co.
My case is being handled by Slater + Gordon but to my mind their handling of the case is abysmal. proceedings are so so slow, that is why I am impressed with your quick responses from Sussex Police.

On a further positive note I went up to London train assist with my Moulton on Tuesday for one reason to visit a Sir Christoper Wren church of St. Michael near Monument dedicated to the Mission to Seafarers. See picture below. Outside were a group of cyclists appearing to be training. I recognised one of the instructors from Addiscombe CC and inquired what he was doing. The trainees had all stopped for a "Fag Break" and were HGV drivers on a CTC run driver awareness course being taught how to be aware of cyclists both on the highway and cycle express ways.
This reminded me of the time some time back when I attended a similar event on Sutton High St., but in the opposite way I sat in the HGV driver cab and the blind spots are incredible.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"A" Group supplementary photo.

Mark look forward to your report (supper certainly comes first and I have had mine) but what a great ride. Parts were almost too much for me but unlike a few I rode at my own pace all the hills. Thank you for being so patient.
Meanwhile just one photo from me with the temple in the background, it's a contrasting picture of the skyline so familiar!

A Group 26th September

The plan for today was to do the sort of ride I've been doing all Summer - some lanes, some trackways.  There's plenty of this sort of riding our part of the world, with a well-established network of Rights of Way and plenty of decent pathways.  I find the riding enjoyable, I've found new places, and I've hardly seen a white van.

Seventeen of us set off from Redhill, a good crowd, and we went through Watercolour (pretty enough for some to question if we were still in Redhill), through Bletchingley and over Tilburstow Hill, taken the opposite way from our normal route.  From here we went down the Enterdent - definitely easier than climbing it - then up through Church Town to the track that leads to Woldingham School.  A left turn at the top, and up through the woods to Gravelly Hill, the first of our viewpoints.

A sparkling vista here, with the South Downs visible in the distance and the hillsides of the North Downs, which formed our day's ride, rolling away to the West.

Over the top at War Coppice Lane, then down briefly to avoid a wet patch of trackway on one of the many White Hills.  There's a pond on the top of this one, and water gathers, so there must be a bit of clay up there.

On towards Reigate Hill, reaching the top by a handy trackway and stopping again for a moment to take in the next vista, then over the iron bridge and trackway again to Colley Hill.  A stop here for photos, including Mike's splendid shot of all of us at the Temple.  From here you could see the line of trees in the far distance, through which we would pass at the end of our ride.

Along the ridge in the bright sunshine, then through the woods to The Sportsman.  This used to be a rather scruffy pub in the middle of nowhere.  It's still in the middle of nowhere, but now it's a Time Well Spent gastropub.  We were welcomed and well served at a long table in the garden, which is a bit of a treat for the end of September.

A bit of changing of the guard here - Mike B signed off as back marker, and Simon took over, and Mike M,  Sue and Dave W set off home across the Heath.  The rest of us set off across Walton Heath Golf Course, where preparations for the Masters are well advanced, then a few miles of road to the top of Box Hill, again from the opposite direction to our usual one.

Another stop to take in the view, which I think isn't as good as some of the others we enjoyed, and is much busier.  But it's a classic, and we swooped down the zig-zags and went up Chapel Lane to the top of Ranmore.

Dave left us here, to meet us at tea, the rest of the group rolled along Ranmore Common until a well-hidden left turn took us through the woods to White Down Lease.  This is a fine place, and slightly odd.  It's an old trackway down the hill, very similar in layout to the current White Down road, which is about a mile to the west.  There's even a wartime pill box at the top, just like the one on White Down, so this now-abandoned track was evidently important enough to defend, in relatively recent time.

We descended a little, and then stopped to look at the hills we had been over.  It's a fine view, and it feels quite remote.  This was the line of trees that we could see from Reigate hill - not far to tea, now.

Down to the bottom, around the hair-pin bend, and then another rather remarkable piece of trackway. To my mind this is a good fit for the Pilgrims' Way, although maps (and Hilaire Belloc) don't agree.  It sits between the chalk and the agricultural land, rolling along with quite a decent surface.  We were all keeping a close eye on the spire of St Martins, Dorking, knowing that the cafe was next to the church.

As elsewhere on the Pilgrims Way, the trackway ends suddenly, as someone had, long ago, built a house on it.  Around the house, and we were back in the 21st Century, with a short run down the hill to the Musette Cafe.  A good place, and you can park your bike inside, which is always a comfort in a town centre.  Teas, coffees and cakes, and a sort of collective sigh and a stretching of limbs.  Quite hard, these rides ...

As I noted when we rode to Canterbury, the sort of bike you use doesn't matter very much.  We had the full spectrum from carbon racer to full-suspension mountain bike in our group, and the advantages and disadvantages of each cancelled each other out in the course of the day.  Each did perfectly well, but the middle ground seems to be a fairly sturdy bike with a decent set of tyres.  Sort of a 'tourer' really ...

My thanks to all for an excellent day out.  A complicated route which we managed with no difficulty at all.  No mechanicals, no punctures, no mishaps - just a sunny day on the bike.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Bike cameras - the more we use them the safer the roads will become...

Fellow Wayfarers,

I have been using front and rear cameras on my bike for a few months now, and a lot of people have asked me about them. So, this article is about bike cameras and why I believe the more of us that use them the safer the roads will become in the future. We can create an army of regular cyclists recording and reporting incidents of careless and dangerous driving. The police are on our side but there are not enough of them on the roads. I can personally testify that video evidence sent to the police is acted upon, even if there is no injury involved. Bad or aggressive drivers receive official police warning letters and their details are held on a police database. There is evidence that these letters do change driver behaviour over time (see quotes on Sussex Police website "Operation Crackdown"

The two videos below are incidents that I felt were serious enough to report (and the police agreed). There have been other minor incidents that I decided not to report. In each case, the videos show the rear camera recording first and then the front camera footage for the same time period. (Note: the original videos are HD quality with number plates etc clearly visible - the process of uploading videos to YouTube reduces the resolution).
16 July 2018. Van driver dangerously overtakes Dave Bartholemew and myself turning right into Zig Zag Road at the bottom of Box Hill in Surrey. The registered owner of the van received a warning letter from Surrey police.

22 August 2018. Car driver dangerously overtakes several Wayfarers (including Simon Lambourn and myself) near Edenbridge in Sussex when there was clearly insufficient space and visibility. The registered owner of the car received a warning letter from Operation Crackdown (Sussex police).

Here are a few good reasons to mount cameras on your bike:
  1. Record and report dangerous/careless driving incidents (as above) so that bad drivers get a police warning, which eventually leads to safer roads for everybody.
  2. If you are unlucky enough to have an accident which is not your fault, having video evidence to prove what happened could make a huge difference if it comes to prosecution and damages.
  3. Road rage. Even if the cameras aren't running, just pointing to them has a surprising effect in changing people's behaviour after an incident.
  4. You will capture interesting (and sometimes amusing) videos of your rides which can be fun to review later.
  5. These cameras are now extremely lightweight, affordable and easy to use. They are even cheaper now than when I bought them, and the complete kit (front and rear cameras with mounts etc) can be purchased for under £100.

If you decide to go for it, here is a list of the items you need:

1. Two cameras (front and rear) complete with all mountings.

2. Extra batteries. Each battery lasts for ~75 minutes of HD recording. You need TWO of these (for a total of eight batteries including the two batteries that come with the cameras) which will give you around 5 hours recording time in HD mode:

3. MicroSDHC Memory Cards. You will need two of these (one for each camera). Each 32GB card stores about 8hrs of HD video. Conveniently, the recording loops automatically (ie over-writes from the start) when the card fills up. If there is any video you want to keep, just whip the card out and copy it onto your home computer

I am more than willing to help with setting up the cameras if anybody needs it. Happy and safe riding to all!  Mike Reynell  07748 184755

B Group Train assisted ride

Meet at Nibbles Cafe Datchet station for tea/coffee and an 11 o'clock start.

Lunch will be at Wetherspoons Henley and tea possibly at the garden cafe Windsor.

About 40 miles round trip and a few gentle hills.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Group 26th September

The equinox has passed, and Summer is slipping away.  Next Wednesday, I thought I'd tuck in a last bit of trackway, before the season passes.  Start at Redhill, along the edge of the North Downs, lunch at The Sportsman, Mogador, and tea at the Musette Cafe, Dorking.  About 35 miles and about half trackway.  Nothing too rough or steep.  Any bike will do, but fatter tyres are better.

I'll do a final check of the route on Tuesday, and will vary according to the surface and the weather.  But the views are good, and it feels wild, although it's on our doorstep.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Group ride to Chichester

An intrepid group of A riders set off South to Chichester into the teeth of the wind. We managed a good pace over Newlands and Winterfold and despite the unexpected showers we stuck to our task and managed to get to lunch before 2pm. The Stagg Inn in Balls Cross provided an excellent lunch and good beer. Fuelled up we hit the road for the last hilly leg to Chichester. Through Petworth and down through quiet lanes to Barlavington and then the climb up Ducton Hill with the wind in our faces. We took the route across the downs past Glorious Goodwood race track and then a fast downhill and a visit to the Goodwood motor race track. A swift referendum took place, go to Wittering or Wetherspoons? Not surprisingly the latter won by a landslide. We were joined at the pub by Angie Launder who had cycled over from her home on the south coast.
A good ride. 56 miles from Walton and 3,225 feet of climbing. Thanks to Mark for giving me a tow into the wind on occasions and Mike for back marking.

B Group - 19th September

Walton-on-Thames - Dorney - Shepperton Lock

B group had a sizeable turn out yesterday, 27 on the ride + John Scott who was unable to stay out all day. Pretty good considering the weather forecast.   We also had a few A riders join us, just to have a change from their normal riding speeds!!!  Well done to those riders that joined Hans ( I'm looking forward to reading about their day). A big Happy Birthday and thank you to Brian who treated us all to Morning Tea with Cake to celebrate his recent coming of age.

After collecting menu choices and phoning them through to the pub we did not get going until near 11.30. We made good progress via Walton Bridge, Chertsey Bridge, through to Thorpe where I turned off at the Rose and Crown to go down Hurst Lane.  Here we came to a halt for a huge mobile(park) home was being moved - already in the road in front of us! Never mind - patience is a virtue and it wasn't too long before it came to a halt and we were all able to get by.  A thoughtful driver??

Next it was up Prune Hill to Englefield Green.  Then through Windsor Great Park to exit at Rangers Gate where we picked up Sustrans route 4 through Windsor, past the leisure centre and up and over to join the Thames towpath out to Dorney - for lunch at The Pineapple.

Tables were reserved inside but the garden was sheltered and the sun shone so we all opted for the outside.  Food was served promptly and with a smile.  Fantastic, it really was worth pre-ordering!

We left Dorney along the Jubilee river, exiting on the approach road to Eton.  From here we continued to Datchet where Margaret (our Canadian friend) opted for the train whilst the rest of us continued to Shepperton Lock via Horton, Wraysbury and Staines.

There was a hiccup when we got to Wraysbury for Grant had punctured and our backmarker stayed behind with him.  Christina, who was cornering, phoned after some time to say Tim had not arrived - my text (which I had not looked at) told me about Grant - so Tony Hopkins kindly took the group to Shepperton whilst I waited for Christina.  After a ride through The Lammas (looking for the essential loo), we rode on to the Lock where there were still several of the group socialising over tea and cake.

A big welcome to Sarah, Guy and Tony who cycled with the B group for the first time - we look forward to having your company again 😃

My thanks to all who cornered, our back marker Tim and to Tony for leading from Wraysbury and to all who came on the ride.  Sorry I wasn't there to say goodbye to some, next time! 

Cheers Pam 😀😉

The nearest we got to a group photo

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Group 19th September

Hans had arranged a tailwind for today's ride, but, due to a mix-up at the Weather Centre, we got a headwind instead.  There you are, these things happen, despite the wind we were able to maintain a good pace.

A good ride and a great day out.


"B" ride today 19 Sept 2018

Dear Pam not wishing to steel your thunder but before I immerse myself in a hot bath, today was a fantastic ride and the PineApple excelled. From my point of view however it was very strenuous. 71 miles home to home and the final climb up the North Downs from Walton on Thames to Walton on the Hill some 213 m. ASL made my loins and my groins ache. Any one available for a massage please! Pam a great day out!
If I may comment it was also good to see Sarah out for what I suspect was her first "B" group ride though she has been out with the "A's". Normally a rider with KPRC she also did the Prudential 100 and so a very fit rider. It was also great to see Christina who with family was on the Birthday Rides and this was her first ride to this part of the world, so once again Pam well done!
I had intended to go to Tea at Sheperton Lock but missed you all due to a misunderstanding. In the end I had a very reasonable Large Late & Danish Pastry at the cafe next to the Co-op in Sheperton, traversing home then via Esher, Claygate, Ewell, Epsom College, Tadworth, where I saw Pete Beyers on his way home.
Can't wait to see how the "A" group got on but did they do any more miles than we, without train assist!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Further to Marks post, a video inside the factory.

Brompton Factory


Useful Signage

Glad they pointed it out!

Details for B Group ride tomorrow (19th)

We are having lunch at The Pineapple pub, Dorney. I shall be asking B riders their menu choice on Wednesday at elevenses. For anybody that does not know...the pub is infamous for its over sized sandwiches, many different fillings PLUS soup, salad OR fries!

A little off road but surface OK !

~ Pam

Monday, September 17, 2018

A new Wayfarers tea stop

We came across this place after an arduous and glorious day riding the NC500.  Read more here...

A Group ride to Chichester, Wed 19th.

We need to make a prompt start from Walton to ensure a reasonably early arrival at Chichester and the possibility of a short trip to the sea.
The route takes us over Newlands towards Albury, Winterfold Wood, Cranleigh, Dunsfold & Plaistow. I'm aiming for lunch at The Stag Inn at Balls Cross, approximately 35 miles so a good pace will be necessary. After lunch its up, up, up and over the South Downs to Chichester. If we arrive in good time a trip to Wittering and back would round the day off and make a pint or two in Wetherspoons well earned.
56 miles to Chichester and another 14-15 miles to Wittering and back.

PS Don't forget your lights.

GPX for the ride...

Sunday, September 16, 2018


Sunny today, and I had a good run along the edge of the North Downs.  After arriving home, I washed the bike and noticed a sizeable nail in the rear tyre.

I could have left it in, but that would have been a bit scruffy, so I pulled it out, and lost a bit of sealant - about an egg-cup full.  I'll have to top that up by and by, but the tyre hasn't deflated to any extent.  

Good when things work.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Robin Michael Charles Johnson 1933 - 2018

The family did Robin proud with a memorable church service at St. Nicholas Chiswick close to his origins and where he was brought up. The music with cello and soprano of part of Handel's Messiah was well chosen. The church bells were also ringing in honor of a very accomplished gentleman. I had not realized that he had had such a varied life as was pointed out by his brothers/nephew.
Robin was clearly a keen cyclist and an avid tourer. His highest achievement however was in sailing  to the extent that he had been selected to represent GB for the Olympics. He became a master at that, having spent National Service in the RN. He was a life long member of the Corinthian Sailing Club, where the family laid on a splendid farewell to which we were all invited.
An excellent collage of photographs were put together and shown on a screen notably from my point of view reminding me of two memorable tours I spent with Robin, the first organised by John Scott in the Jura, the second in Sicily put together by Ian Appleton & Pam. Robin was seen to be enjoying himself immensely on both these tours often seen tucking into good food with a glass of wine. I must say that the wine flowed well at his farewell and it's a pity that he was only there in spirit, he would have enjoyed the excellent RED!

The photographs below are my contribution and I hope that Tim will post the ones taken outside the Corinthian.

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Visit to the Brompton Factory

Having enjoyed some success with our Bromptons as unlikely but effective tourers, Maggie and I took the opportunity to visit the Brompton factory.  Tours are run twice a week, and cost £25.  The tour lasts about two hours, and we both enjoyed it; we had both encountered small engineering factories of this type in our student days, and this must be one of the few still operating as a successful business in England.

The tour started with a visit to the museum, and it was gratifying to find that the third exhibit was identical with the Brompton that Maggie had ridden to the factory - I had bought it in 1991, and, despite the attentions of two generations of Gladwyns, it still goes well.

Raw materials and components entering the factory are steel tubes, castings, rims, spokes, tyres and build kits such as gears, saddles and handlebars.  Machining, brazing, painting, assembly and testing are carried out on site.  There is a pleasing mixture of manual craftsmanship, computerised machines and well-organised processes; rigorous testing is also carried out at the component, sub-assembly and finished machine levels.

Brazing the frame components is the foundation of the design; very high levels of accuracy are required and Brompton offers apprenticeships to brazers.  It takes about eighteen months for a skilled brazer to become fully proficient at producing the complex bottom bracket and main tube structure.

Automated brazing machines are used for less demanding elements of the frame structure, such as the handlebar stem and the pivot clamps, which are machined from castings on site.

Wheels are made using bought-in rims and spokes on a substantially automated machine.  There is some manual intervention, but the truing and testing are computerised.  It gives a very strong wheel.

Painting is done on-site, there are no photographs of this due to the risk of triggering the fire system, but the process is modern with the same mix of computerised automation and manual finishing for the difficult nooks and crannies.  Finished components are then brought together at the assembly line.  This was running with 14 stations for the model being built when I was there, other models may require additional steps.  A single set of actions is carried out at each build station, with the finished sub-assembly being moved on its trolley to the next station when complete.  Cycle time yesterday was 3.5 minutes - viz. a complete bike every 3.5 minutes; as you will see from the counter at the end of the line, the builders were ahead of target.  There are two lines; the factory has space for four.  49,000 bikes were built and sold last year - every one is to prior order.  80% of sales go for export.  A passing remark by our tour guide was that China has 23 cities with more than ten million inhabitants; Brompton currently has dealerships in two of them.  So there is considerable opportunity for growth there, and in other growing economies around the world.

The star of the show is the electric Brompton.  I rode one, and it goes well, but I don't think it has a place in my world - not yet, anyway!

A very enjoyable and interesting afternoon, and I thought that Brompton were generous with their time and access.  I'd recommend it, if this sort of thing interests you - there are not many other places in Britain where you can see bicycles being made.  Brompton is in Greenford, just by the Grand Union Canal, so a very congenial cycle ride from London.  


Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Group - 12 September from Fairoaks

With many regular riders away enjoying themselves, just eight (fool)hardy souls joined me at Fairoaks for a late summer trip towards Henley. My aim was to try and find some new quiet routes to replace the well trodden paths.

Left out of the aerodrome and first left gave us a calmer route to Chobham, through West End and round the south of Windlesham to Ascot. Then a new route through the houses, a bit of off-road, a quick break and on to Winkfield Row. Next Warfield, Shurlock Row, Waltham St Lawrence and Hare Hatch.

From here a quick two and a half mile blast down the A4 would have brought us to lunch. But where is the fun in that? Instead we circled Wargrave and headed for Crazies Hill before turning south through Warren Row and Knowl Hill to approach Littlewick Green across the fields.

The thirty miles we had travelled meant it was nearly half past one before we arrived at The Cricketers for a well earned lunch. As we had phoned through our orders the food was very promptly served and we were on our way again in around an hour.

Which way shall we go home?

The route back was more traditional - White Waltham, Maiden's Green, Winkfield Manor and across Ascot racecourse before a little bit more off-road and then a long wait at the level crossing in Sunningdale.

Then over Chobham Common and Gracious Pond Road before back to Addlestone for tea and wonderful cake at the Bread and Roses Café.

Fifty four miles for the day but unfortunately no map due to Garmin malfunction.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

B Group - 12th September

Eight set out from the aerodrome at 11:15. We’d had enough of the busy road through Addlestone and Ottershaw with its curiously impatient traffic so we were pleased to start out on the perimeter road which took us around the back of some sheds and into Youngstroat Lane much of which is a dirt path heading south towards Woking. We encountered a bridge across the Bourne which had a barrier at each end with notices advising that the bridge was out of action while the timbers were being replaced. The alternative was a ford which appeared to be about a foot deep so we moved the barriers, and carried on after replacing them where we had found them.

The next bit of excitement was a short stretch of the Basingstoke Canal as far as the little bridge which links the local Woking cycling trails Neptune and Triton across the canal and into Bridge Barn Lane.

From Wych Hill Lane we rode along the peaceful trail which follows the Hoe Stream followed by a dirt track across Westfield Common which put us back on NCN223 to Jacobs Well where we continued on the Clay Lane cycle path then through the Nature Reserve between the A3 and the Wey and Wey Navigation. Route 223 took us through Stoke Park. John Austin headed for home at this point in order to share grand-parental duties.

We rode up and down in the Downs, enjoying the descent of Halfpenny Lane from which it was a short run along the Dorking Road to the Percy Arms. We sat in a cosy alcove and had a good lunch. The sandwiches on their menu are of the increasingly popular formula which includes a choice of soup, salad or chips.

Six ways of saying 'cheese'
After lunch during which we had avoided a shower of rain it was a short run through Albury to he A25 then up to Newlands Corner. Vic finds this road to be rather dangerous and so having opted to ride up Combe Bottom we found him waiting for us near the top of Staple Lane. After regrouping at Newlands Corner we rode along the very tranquil Drove Road through the trees on the North Downs Way, collected Vic who had waited 11 minutes for us, and carried on through the trees to join Green Dene. After the numerous times we have cycled up Green Dene, Steph was quite overjoyed to have the pleasure of riding down it. And I think we all felt much the same.

After the bumps of Dirtham Lane we took our usual route through Great Bookham Common to Cobham where the three of us still on the ride convened at Bronte’s Café for the customary reward of coffee and cake.

At 13.6 + 14.7 miles this was quite a short one. However they were very enjoyable miles and there seemed no point to making it any longer.

Thanks to Peter Tiller who persevered with the process of copying my routes into his Garmin in order to become a most diligent back-marker. Thanks to Liz who shared the recce and helped to make some key decisions about the route and where to have lunch. Thanks to everyone for riding carefully and safely and for taking the rough with the smooth in their stride. What little rain there was was of no consequence.

~ Tim

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wayfarers in Scotland

Four Wayfarers - Ged, Mike Barrett, Dave Bartholomew, and myself, are cycling the North Coast 500 route, starting today.  If you would like to follow our travels, have a look at our blog here