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Friday 11 June 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Hembury WoodsDamp
6 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Jeremy Ford, Michael Jones, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright
An almost unanimous vote decided that the ride should be cancelled (in view of the poor weather) and replaced by another Computer Games social at Crofters. The new five-player game, Dynablasters, proved immensely popular.

Sunday 13 June 1993Day ride: Pixie's CaveWarm & sunny
13 present: James Allason, Tao Burgess, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, David Robinson, Dominic Robinson, Bob Taylor, Gary Taylor, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Tom Widger
Tom Widger predicts doom as Tao & Alex enter the cave
Tao Burgess & Alex Lessware at the entrance to Pixie's Cave
Tao climbs out of the cave's rear entrance
Tom follows the others into the cave
Tom Widger gives his own special rendition of "Love changes everything"
Alex & Tao watch Tom emerging from the cave
Video clips taken around Pixie's Cave
We were pleased to welcome Dave Humphreys back to the fold after a short spell in France, and Dave Robinson and his son Dominic after an absence that's difficult to explain.

The ride to Dartmeet was made somewhat arduous by the excessive heat, so we paused for lunch in a shady glade near Poundsgate before moving on to the Badgers Holt cafe for further refreshments.

There was little enthusiasm from the Paignton contingent for exploring the cave, so Michael led Tao, Alex and Tom on the half-hour detour while the others set off for home. Tom's puncture put an end to our hopes of catching them: it's hard to believe, but he didn't have a spare tube or a puncture repair kit!

Friday 18 June 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Avon DamDry
10 present: Peter Bonnet, Peter Furneaux, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Philip Harler, Matthew Jeffery, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Nick Radmore, Philip Stone
Nick Radmore on the path to the Avon Dam
The youngsters ride around on the grass at Shipley Bridge
Chris Platt rides in from the right and loses the slow race!
Matthew Hamlyn-White winning the slow race to the camera, with Matthew Jeffery (left) & Peter Furneaux (right)
Matthew Jeffery and Matthew Hamlyn-White
Matthew Jeffery, at the Avon Dam
The homeward downhill from Water Oak Corner
Matthew H-W caught trying to get someone else to push Peter's bike
Video clips from today's ride
A return to our favourite haunt took longer than usual because Peter was somewhat slow: we finally returned to Buckfastleigh at about 10pm.

Saturday 19 June 1993Weekend ride: Bellever Youth Hostel Day 1Sunny, getting warmer
9 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Tao Burgess, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Tom Widger
Chris Platt demonstrates his frisbee skills
Eliot Thomas-Wright retrieves the frisbee from the river near Bellever
A scene from our mini horror movie - starring Alex Lessware!
Tom Widger gets a birthday dunking
Video clips taken around Bellever, including our movie!
Peter was joining us this weekend, so Michael took him and Neil to Holne by car before the start of the ride. He did very well, and they had been waiting for more than half an hour when we finally met up with them near Huccaby Bridge.

The weather wasn't quite as warm as last year, but we were still able to enjoy throwing a Frisbee across the river. Inevitably some youngsters managed to get themselves soaked, but I suppose that's all part of the fun.

Once the dubious hostel meal had been consumed the rest of the evening was spent making a silly, three-minute horror movie about a boy being chased through the forest by an unseen monster. It was fun to make; you can judge for yourself whether it is fun to watch if you come to the Christmas Special social.

Sunday 20 June 1993Weekend ride: Bellever Youth Hostel Day 2Hot & sunny
9 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Tao Burgess, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Tom Widger
Chris Platt gives a rare interview
Assembling in the hostel on Sunday morning
Stepping Stones at Dunnabridge
Budgies line up at the Foxtor cafe, Princetown
Stepping Stones at Dunnabridge
Stepping Stones at Dunnabridge
Video clips from today's ride
Sunday morning saw the beginning of the heat wave. We didn't feel too energetic, so we contented ourselves with riding the few miles to Princetown for a view of the prison and some hot chocolate and toasted tea cakes at the Foxtor cafe. The budgies, which have been on show in their huge cage at the back of the cafe for as long as anyone can remember, looked particularly attractive in the morning sunshine.

We could have ridden the long way home, via Cornwood and Ivybridge, but we fancied lunch by a moorland river so we rode homewards and stopped at Dunnabridge, near Hexworthy. We were all stung and scratched as we scrambled down the bank to the footpath, but the hour spent walking across the stepping stones was well worth the effort.

Friday 25 June 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): StavertonVery hot & sunny
7 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Peter Furneaux, Philip Harler, Michael Jones, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Another perfect evening ride took us along Colston Road to Staverton Bridge, along the riverside path (now somewhat overgrown) and homewards via Landscove.

Sunday 27 June 1993Day ride: Elender CoveVery hot & sunny
11 present: Neil Ault, Dave Humphreys, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Philip Stone, Bob Taylor, Gary Taylor, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker, Tom Widger
The ride to Elender Cove is always tough, but today's excessive heat made it especially arduous. It was early afternoon when we finally arrived at East Prawle and descended the hill to the Elender Cove track.

To our disappointment the main track was blocked by a huge lake of muddy water that stretched from one hedge to the other. First Robert tried to ride through, but he quickly found himself in deep water. Michael then tried edging along the bank, pushing his bike through the water while the rest watched with interest from a safe distance. When he reached the half-way point the mud gave way and he found himself standing in a disgusting soup of mud and aquatic wildlife: the sight of Michael with muddy paws is somewhat unusual to say the least, so there was a good deal of merriment from the onlookers.

Charlie, James, Dave and Bob quickly decided that the village would be a safer place to enjoy lunch. The others found a way through an adjacent field and so avoided the bog completely. We still had to contend with the brambles, gorse and nettles that smothered the tiny path down to the cove, but the lunchtime views across the bay made it all worthwhile.

When the cove had been explored and Michael had washed his shoes, socks and feet in a rocky pool, we fought our way back to the village, bought refreshments from the Piglet Stores and attempted to rouse Dave and company who were sunbathing on the village green.

Buckfastleigh starters finally got home at about 6.45pm. Philip had chosen a tough ride for his first full-day excursion, but he coped very well indeed.

Friday 2 July 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Hembury WoodsSunny
10 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Peter Furneaux, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Philip Harler, Michael Jones, Michael Jones II (Adult, Bittaford), Nick Radmore, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright
There must be several Michael Jones' in Devon, but it is unusual for two to attend one of our club rides! The new Michael originates from Bittaford.

Our ride took us first to the River Dart Country Park, where the Anaconda Run and its new big brother provided the youngsters with plenty of entertainment. We then made our way back to Hembury Woods by climbing the track from Holne Chase, usually best negotiated the other way around.

Sunday 4 July 1993Afternoon ride: SigfordHot & sunny
4 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware
In view of the surprisingly low turnout we shortened the ride a little and contented ourselves with Whiddon Farm tracks and a return through Ashburton.

Friday 9 July 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Landscove TracksShowery & cold
5 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Philip Stone
The footpath from Baddaford to Landscove passes through two green fields. Today they were occupied by a herd of inquisitive cows, but Neil, Philip and Paul were convinced they had hostile intentions and sped off towards the gate, shouting at the poor creatures for all they were worth. Michael, the original Dr Doolittle, spoke to the cows to calm them down before catching up with the others.

We returned to Buckfastleigh via Colston Road.

Sunday 11 July 1993Day ride: Blackingstone Rock (41 mi)Mainly dry & sunny
10 present: James Allason, Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Peter Furneaux, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Philip Stone, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker
From the Chudleigh pick-up we rode to Blackingstone Rock via Canonteign Falls and the steep climb to the reservoirs. After enjoying lunch with some excellent views we visited the Primrose Cafe at Lustleigh and returned via the old railway track to Bovey Tracey and home.

Friday 16 July 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Galant Le BowerSunny and warm
4 present: Neil Ault, Peter Furneaux, Michael Jones, Nick Radmore
There was some indecision when we reached Galant le Bower: Peter and Neil wanted to take the track to Holne Bridge but Michael and Nick thought it would be too muddy, preferring a return via Holne. After much deliberation we did the track, and found it just as muddy as Michael had predicted. It was still fun though.

The homeward route took us through the River Dart Country Park.

Saturday 17 July 1993Weekend ride: Salcombe Youth Hostel Day 1Fine
10 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Peter Furneaux, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Tao explains that to his left there is - nothing
Tao admires the view from the coast path near the hostel
Paul Oakley and Eliot Wright
Peter Furneaux and Chris Platt
Philip Stone, Paul Oakley and Peter Furneaux
Philip Stone and Peter Furneaux
Neil Ault gives keeps the younger members in order at Starehole Bay
Philip Stone, at Starehole Bay
Video clips from today's ride
The weather was perfect for our ride to Salcombe. We arrived in plenty of time for supper, and this year we were given a dormitory overlooking the sea. The usual walk along the coastal path to Starehole Bay provided much entertainment.

Sunday 18 July 1993Weekend ride: Salcombe Youth Hostel Day 2Heavy rain, clearing later
10 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Peter Furneaux, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Preparing to leave Salcombe YH on a very wet Sunday morning
Matthew Hamlyn-White and Jeremy Ford, in our huge dormitory at Salcombe YH
Taking the ferry to East Portlemouth
Loading the bikes into the East Portlemouth ferry at Salcombe
Frisbee fun at East Portlemouth
Frisbee fun at East Portlemouth
Video clips from today's ride
When Sunday dawned the rain was pouring from the heavens. Michael obtained the BBC Radio Devon weather forecast by ringing home at 9.30 and having the receiver placed near the radio. Things were predicted to brighten up during the afternoon, but we would never get home if we waited at Salcombe until then. There was no choice: we had to ride.

The ferry to East Portlemouth is a small boat that can just manage five bikes and riders at a time. When the first group had crossed they made good use of the open-air cafe overlooking the beach while the ferryman went back for the second load. It was during a subsequent dash to the beach that Neil slipped on the green wood of the jetty, landed on the sand two metres below and cracked two ribs. He was in considerable pain for a while, but was able to continue with the ride after a lengthy rest.

The thought of the warm cafe at Slapton kept us well motivated for the next hour or two. When we arrived, however, the cafe was filled to capacity and the rain was still as cold and heavy as ever. We made the best of the take-away counter and set off homewards as soon as possible.

The rain finally stopped as we neared Diptford: we were already wet so we didn't deviate from our homeward course.

Friday 23 July 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): StavertonSlight drizzle
6 present: Neil Ault, Peter Furneaux, Matthew Hamlyn-White, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley (11, Totnes)
Michael was recovering from a summer cold this evening, and with a major tour looming in 13 days he decided not to take part in the ride. Ken Oakley led the small band via Colston Road to Staverton and along the riverside path, where a local resident spoiled their fun by asking them not to ride on the path.

Sunday 25 July 1993Day ride: Thurlestone BeachShowery
9 present: James Allason, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Ben Widger, Tom Widger
Michael chickened out again today in view of the weather and his cold. The rest of the group decided to shorten the ride, and rode to the Copper Kettle cafe at South Brent instead of Thurlestone. Returning to Buckfastleigh at lunchtime they invaded Crofters for a social, evidently preferring computer games to cycling in the rain.

Friday 30 July 1993Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): LambsdownFine but breezy
6 present: Neil Ault, Peter Bonnet, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Philip Stone
Peter took his time on the climb but eventually we were on the open moor and heading for Cross Furzes. The usual people played with the water at the ford, and the usual people got wet!

Sunday 1 August 1993Afternoon ride: Mount BartonSunny spells
13 present: Richard Adams, Peter Bonnet, Tao Burgess, Harry Hall, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Chris Platt, Bill Tuft (Adult, Devon), Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker
Confusion reigned again as Michael's Buckfastleigh and Totnes group waited at Mount Barton farm and Charlie's Paignton contingent waited at the cross roads around the corner. It was twelve minutes before Michael decided to investigate and the two groups met up!

We were close to Landscove, so the vicarage cafe seemed the obvious destination. Once again we were given a tray of drinks and allowed to serve ourselves on the lawn while the youngsters got the two dogs to run around the grounds after various rubber bone-shaped objects.

Thursday 5 August 1993Tour: Scottish Highlands and Islands Day 1 Home to Loch LomondSunny
18 present: Neil Ault, Jonathan Burgess, Arthur Caulfield, Ben Collins, Nick Green (11, Henley-on-Thames), Paul Hardman (15, Wigan), Michael Jones, Rufus Kahler, Anthony Long (15, Orpington), Matthew Muir, Matthew Pryer, Zachary Slatter, Paul Smith, Richard Sudworth, Robert Walker, Dan Whittle, Lukas Wooller, Tristan Wooller
The driveway to Loch Lomond YH
Eighteen bikes and riders on the train from Glasgow to Balloch
Matthew Pryer, preparing his surprise meal in the hostel kitchen
Loch Lomond YH
Jon Burgess enjoying his evening meal
Matthew Pryer opens his box of - chocolate spread
Extract from original tour video, copied from videotape
This year's summer junior tour attracted eighteen participants from around the country. Only Robert Walker joined Michael and Neil from our Section.

The tour started with a train journey to Glasgow. Actually five separate trains were booked to bring all the participants to Glasgow without exceeding British Rail's limit of four bikes per train. When all eighteen had arrived (about 5.45pm) we took another train to Balloch and then rode the two miles to Loch Lomond youth hostel in glorious sunshine. The hostel is enormous, with four floors, 200 beds and magnificent grounds.

Friday 6 August 1993Tour: Scottish Highlands and Islands Day 2 Loch Lomond to Crianlarich (32 mi)Wet
18 present: Neil Ault, Jonathan Burgess, Arthur Caulfield, Ben Collins, Nick Green (11, Henley-on-Thames), Paul Hardman (15, Wigan), Michael Jones, Rufus Kahler, Anthony Long (15, Orpington), Matthew Muir, Matthew Pryer, Zachary Slatter, Paul Smith, Richard Sudworth, Robert Walker, Dan Whittle, Lukas Wooller, Tristan Wooller
Ben Collins, insisting on giving his interview
Boarding the cruise boat at Arrochar
Jon and Paul dangle Richard's bag outside the lower deck window - and get Richard's immediate attention!
Below deck on the cruise boat
Extract from original tour video, copied from videotape
On Friday the rain began. It rained all day. We were delayed along the way to Arrochar by a French woman leading a group of French boys on hired bikes: first she needed some ideas regarding the best place to take them in the rain, and then her rear wheel collapsed and required some work with a spoke key.

From Arrochar we booked a ferry trip around the loch and then rode the last few miles to Crianlarich hostel. It was still raining as we arrived, so the rest of the evening was spent queuing for showers and playing an 18-player card league. One of the showers was labelled (or plumbed) back to front: you had to turn the control to cold to get hot water!

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