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It all began quite well, a reasonable number considering the weather forecast and the time of year. I thought I had planned a pretty easy "bog standard winter long ride", no funny stuff and only about 35 miles in total. What could possibly go wrong?
Departed Uxbridge just after 10.00 am, with Bernie Green, Cliff Jones, John Hare, John Macmillan and Michael ? Dave Peck wanted to meet for coffee but to cycle at his own pace. We passed Iver Heath, Pinewood studio, Bridget's convent and on down Cherry Tree Lane. We navigated floods on Alderbourne Lane with no loss of life. On again via Fulmer to Eats and Treats at Farnham Royal. Despite our direct(ish) route and decent pace, Dave had clearly been in residence for some time, I gather his own pace must be far too fast for the rest of us. He enquired tactlessly if we had punctures on route, this seemingly innocent comment, with hindsight, appears to have placed some form of curse upon Bernie's front tyre. The cakes looked fantastic and I can personally vouch for the superb quality of the full english. As we readied to leave Dave announced he was off home, I still had all my original followers and was unconcerned.
A short mid section via Burnham Beeches, Littleworth Common and into Beaconsfield where crowds thronged for a wedding and football games, either that or one team had the wrong kit. At this point John Hare announced his departure for home, a sign of things to come. Lunch at the Hope and Champion where the welcome seems slightly less enthusiastic than when I was last there. After lunch Bernie discovered the first of his punctures, repaired by replacing the tube with one that may or may not also have a hole in it? Out of Beaconsfield and passing Jordans station we noticed the absence of Bernie and retracing our "steps"?? found him having just quickly pumped up the front tyre, a recurrent feature of the rest of the trip. Whilst our attention was diverted Cliff had disappeared without trace. Onward to Chalfont St Giles and up to Gorelands Lane where I also lost John Mac and Bernie with claims of shortest routes home.
Just myself and Michael now, negotiating Coppermill Lane, despite it being closed and confusingly having traffic lights for those ignoring the closure signs. We ascended into Harefield nervously, being now so thin on the ground, until the inevitable happened and Michael turned up Fine Bush Lane and headed off toward Ruislip.
The final mile back to Ickenham, just time to ponder, "How the heck am I going to explain this to Mr Cates."
Thought for the day: Get the photo early before you loose too many.
Facetious comment of the day:
Bernie: "My front door has no letter box"
Michael: "What does the Postman do?"
Dave T: "He delivers the post."
|Created:||Nov 16, '14, 09:38PM|
|Starts in:||London, England, GB|
|Selected distance:||35.5 mi|
|Elevation:||+ 1426 / - 1398 ft|
|Estimated Time||Learn more|
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