December 30, 2019 at 3:13 pm #2024368
6 riders for G4, most claiming they’d eaten, drunk, partied too much so needed a shorter route. Down through Shoreham and onto the Pilgrims Way where we had our only puncture. Soon back on our way and up Old Terry’s to try to burn some of the Christmas calories. Down Tinkerpot and Knatts valley which apart from being a bit dirty was lovely. We then had the option of cutting it short and heading home or adding a loop up to Speedgate. We decided on the extra loop but my choice of going up School Lane was not well thought out! Very, very mucky but fortunately no punctures. Then more bad news, Speedgate was shut! Back down to Eynesford where we grabbed tea and cake in the cafe by the ford. Back via Crockenhill to complete 35 miles at a festive 13mph. Thanks to all for not moaning about my choice of route 🙂 Have a good new year.
December 29, 2019 at 8:24 pm #2024367
G3 saw 9 nine riders leave the G for the last club ride of the year , Allan, Alan E, Sadie, Claire W, Tony , Phil, Carl, Ken and myself. With Alan having fixed our only mechanical of the day before setting off, we departed a little later setting off towards Polhill. Into Otford we picked up the Pilgrims Way, through Noahs Ark, ascended Watery Lane and onto and through Plaxtol. In comparison to recent weekends the roads were ok. We reached Mote Road (probably the worse road of the ride) and as we were riding up past Ightham Mote we saw Steve Rogers coming done the hill. We regrouped at the top and set off for Borough Green to a cafe that was closed! As with all good high streets there is always a Costa around the corner, which was empty. After refreshments we set off to the Pilgrims Way to Otford. At the end of Pilgrims we turned left and followed the A25 into Eynsford, across the river and as we hit Crockenhill we realised we had lost Ken, Phil and Tony. Alan went back and while we were waiting G4 came round the corner. Unfortunately, Alan could not find the missing duo (turns out we separated on the A25 and they carried on to Farningham). On Alan’s return we set off up Crockenhill and headed back to Orpington. Thanks to Alan E for another good route and to Allan and Carl for some big turns on the front.
Happy New Year all.
December 30, 2019 at 7:34 pm #2024369
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Thanks for sending back the search party. Phil felt a little off the pace after a longish lay-off and I didn’t want to push too hard after a few easy weeks Recovering from the lurgy, so we had a steady return… we weren’t sure if the route went down to Farningham, so we did it anyway, which is why you couldn’t find us!
December 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm #2024366
Thank for telling the tale of our ride Neale.
Happy New Year to you all. See you again in 2020.
December 29, 2019 at 12:37 pm #2024362
Only 4 for the last Saturday Ride of this decade. Ride Leader supremo Nick P, Adam D, Alastair W and me. Pretty decent weather on the day, but wary of the muck and floods that were around from recent deluges, Nick plotted a route to Lingfield on some bigger roads. To be fair to Nick he did warn us about a possible closed road, but we voted to give it a go since we thought there would probably be a pedestrian way past. Nope! No way Jose! (see pic) Adam had a little explore, but made it no further than 10ft, announcing that there was a river right on the edge and it was not a good idea/impossible. There was also some interesting parking to be seen (see pic). It was a nice day for a ride and very enjoyable. Thanks to Adam for pacing it really nicely on the front. We all parted ways before coffee as we all needed to get home and also suspected that Belmondos was not open anyway.
Happy New Year all and hope to see lots of you in the New Year.
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