Thirteen riders was an omen………John, Alan, Stuart, Jean, Sandra, Margaret, Geoff, Stuart, Lisa, Steve, Alec, John, and Sally. Fortunately the portent was exorcised by the waving of the Vatican flag. (See pic.)
Hastily constructed letters made of insulating tape affixed to Stuart’s jacket aimed at mocking Jim H. failed. From an oblique angle it could be mistakenly interpreted as ‘I am a poof’ Signaling the start with a referee whistle the lead proceed thro Uxbridge, up Hollybush lane, Tatling End and passed Fulmer. Coincidentally Long and Medium rides had selected the same tea stop so we diverted to St. Andrew’s Church Coffee Shop, which was very welcoming and enjoyable. Pressing on we headed for Burnham Beeches. The leader confused took a wrong turn fortunately Sandra guided us back on route. The crews were very understanding as the derision and mockery could only be heard as far Maidenhead. We headed towards Taplow and Maidenhead Bridge. Turning right and along the Thames path proved memorable, admiring the mansions on the opposite back distracted the crew from the axle deep mud. This was shrugged off with cheerful comments to the leader. Undaunted he pressed on to the Pineapple pub. This was great, a huge variety of sandwiches accompanied by chips, salad or soup were presented quickly with no fuss. We must go there again soon. The five minute call was made, outside it started to rain and it was getting colder. The Jubilee was icy cold hampered by a northerly wind we raced towards Slough and dispersed near George Green.
The leader would like to thank the back markers John, Alec and Alan especially helping with the chain slips