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Sunday 1 January 1995Afternoon ride: SpitchwickOccasional showers
20 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Harry Staniland, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
This brisk ride took us through Hembury Woods and brought us to Holne Chase and New Bridge just as a nasty shower was delivering its payload. Luke and Harry met us a few minutes later.

While we played with Budgie’s new aerobie (a Frisbee with a big hole in the middle for those who don’t know) on the Common, Richard Goss discovered that he had broken his rear spindle. There was nothing else to do but walk home while the rest of us returned via Buckland.

Tao always reckons that his bike breaks down more often than anyone else’s, so he was a bit jealous of Richard’s breakdown. He put things straight by breaking his chain as we returned to Buckfastleigh at 4.30.

Friday 6 January 1995Social: Indoor Games
17 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Philip Stone, Luke Whiting
This was another exciting and warm social evening where Skidmarks was the most popular computer game. Philip Stone seemed to be quite addicted to the game!

Sunday 8 January 1995Day ride: HarfordDamp start
18 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Thomas Bushell, Richard Goss, Harry Hall, Peter Hawkins, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, David Robinson, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Luke Whiting
Michael, who was recovering from a bad cough, decided to accompany the riders by car today. Some wanted to go home early at Avonwick, but Michael assured them that sunshine was on the way and pressed them onwards to Harford church for lunch.

By the time we had ridden up to the moorland car park the weather was fresh and sunny, so everyone was looking forward to the track across the moor to South Brent. A few members were so enthusiastic that they fell off on the final descent.

The Copper Kettle was closed today so we returned to Buckfastleigh via Shipley Bridge (only four took the track through the Dam today) and enjoyed cafe-style refreshments at Crofters for the second time.

Friday 13 January 1995Social: Star Trek Experience
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Carrie Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, John Hayes, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Luke Whiting
It seems as though there are more Star Trek enthusiasts out there than we thought! Tonight’s lucky crew were entertained to a scintillating episode from the original Star Trek series, an innovative episode from the animated series, a breathtaking story from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and pure entertainment from the brand new series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’.

Sunday 15 January 1995Morning ride: North HuishDry but dull
23 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Thomas Bushell, Allen Davies, Garry Davies, Phillip Davies, Andrew Guy, Peter Hawkins, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, William Lane (13, Buckfastleigh), Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, David Robinson, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
We used today’s winter morning ride to explore some little-used lanes between Diptford and North Huish, riding outwards via Rattery and Diptford and returning home via Avonwick garage and Marley Head. We had recently heard that the bells from North Huish church, which is no longer in use, have been transferred to Salcombe church.

Several came up to Crofters after lunch (and a wash) for a social.

Friday 20 January 1995Social: Indoor Games
19 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Carrie Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, David Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Philip Stone
There’s nothing special to report about this social: it was just great fun and, as usual, very friendly.

Sunday 22 January 1995Day ride: Blackingstone RockWet start
11 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
The forecast was bad for the morning, so after meeting at Chudleigh Bridge we returned to the Riverside Cafe at Bovey Tracey. When Tao had fixed his punctures (that kid’s bike is always breaking down) we rode back to Crofters by 2pm for computer games and a live Compuserve chat to some children in North America.

Friday 27 January 1995Social: Snooker
13 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Carrie Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Philip Stone
We’ve never had a Snooker social in the cycling club before, but those who came with us to the Galaxy Centre at Torquay had a fun evening.

Sunday 29 January 1995Day ride: TorcrossRain
8 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Yet another wet Sunday saw five of us going to Totnes by car. Tao and Eliot, who had cycled from Newton Abbot, were unimpressed at first, but enjoyed the Totnes cafe stop.

We met Richard Goss as we entered Buckfastleigh, so that made eight for the extended games and videos social at Crofters.

Friday 3 February 1995Social: Indoor Games
14 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Luke Whiting
Once again this was just another very enjoyable computer games evening. This season’s new weekly socials seem to be very popular with our members.

Sunday 5 February 1995Afternoon ride: BroadhempstonGenerally bright and dry
22 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Eloi Cardon (13, Dartington), Richard Cassidy (Adult, Devon), Julian Duquemin, Andrew Guy, John Hayes, Karina Hobday, Llewellyn Holmes, Emma Hooks (13, Paignton), Michael Jones, William Lane, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, David Robinson, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Ken Twydell, Luke Whiting, Paul Williams
We had to wait twenty minutes at Broadhempston’s play park for Ken’s Paignton contingent to arrive, but our youngsters found plenty of things to do.

Quiet lanes brought us eventually to the Rising Sun Tearooms where John showed us his personal organiser. After Philip’s jammed chain and Julian’s many complaints about the hills we eventually returned to Buckfastleigh by 5.55. Once again a few members had not brought lights.

Friday 10 February 1995Social: Video Evening
16 present: Neil Ault, Carrie Burgess, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Gavin Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright
The video this evening was Steven Spielberg’s record-breaking Jurassic Park. Most of us had seen the film in the cinema, but it was just as exciting on the second viewing.

Sunday 12 February 1995Day ride: Haytor TramwayDry, sunny periods
8 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Garry Davies, Peter Hawkins, Michael Jones, William Lane, John Stuart, Luke Whiting
A swift climb from the Bickington pick-up brought us to the quarry behind Haytor by midday. Sheltered from the wind the inside of the quarry was warm in the winter sunshine, but we found another sheltered spot for lunch behind Smallacombe Rocks. The problem was, Budgy didn’t see where we went. We sent John up to find him, but then John didn’t come back either! Michael eventually went to find John, but while he spent 10 minutes searching in vain, John and Budgy had found the group by a back route!

The rough descent of the path was fun, although some walkers gave us hard looks as we passed them at the bridge. Peter and William led the way up the other side to the deserted remains of Graetor village, and when we had located the fireplace in one of the foundations we set off for Widecombe’s Wayside cafe, arriving at 2pm.

Luke was most disappointed when he received his scone and cream, because there was nowhere near as much cream as he got last week at the Rising Sun.

Budgie allowed us to play with his aerobie for half an hour at Spitchwick, then we returned home via Hembury Woods where John came off on a sharp corner near the fort. Fortunately there was no damage done.

Friday 17 February 1995Social: Indoor Games
17 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Gavin Taylor, Luke Whiting
There’s nothing much to report about this evening’s social, except that everyone had a good time on the various computer and board games that were made available.

Sunday 19 February 1995Morning ride: Chalk FordDrizzle
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Thomas Bushell, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Peter Hawkins, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
We decided to continue with this morning’s ride despite the unpleasant weather conditions. Having climbed Wallaford Road to Cross Furzes, however, we decided to keep off the wet moor and diverted instead to Coombe, Scorriton, Michelcombe and Holne, keeping a close eye on Austin during the descent because his brakes weren’t working too well.

There was some demand for some off-road riding, so we started with the rough track descent from Holne. Here came our first casualty: Eliot came off on the lower section and cut his knee, but he was able to continue with the ride.

To conclude the ride we took the lower Hembury Woods track, today awash with a stream. Luke became the second casualty here when he broke his rear derailleur. Wounds and equipment were nursed and repaired at Crofters when we eventually returned at 12.30.

Friday 24 February 1995Social: Ten-pin Bowling
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Leigh Searle, Harry Staniland, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
Because of a mix-up regarding our booking we were given free bowling between 8.30 and 10.15 - which gave some of our youngsters some spare money with which to enjoy Laser Craze, the crazy laser shooting game at Newton Abbot’s LA Bowl.

Sunday 26 February 1995Day ride: Toby's PointSunny with wintry showers
19 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Carrie Burgess, Tao Burgess, Garry Davies, Richard Goss, Peter Hawkins, John Hayes, Martin Hills, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, William Lane, Ashley Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Harry Staniland, Gavin Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
Today’s ride got off to an excellent start when Keir broke William’s seat pin as we were waiting for the last few members to arrive. When asked how it happened he replied “I just rode it ..”. While the main group rode to the Avonwick pickup, Michael took William to Ashburton by car, purchased the required replacement part and returned directly to Avonwick by 11am.

Unfortunately, not all of the main group had made it to Avonwick. Peter had apparently been unaware that Michael had left the group and had waited for him at Dean Prior despite warnings from the leaders to stay with them. When Michael finally came back to find him from Avonwick he had just telephoned home to get picked up, and by that time was complaining of feeling unwell. It was 11.30 before we finally left Avonwick, despite Michael’s very best efforts to avoid delay.

Our route took us through California Cross and Harraton to the small village of Ringmore, where a local chatted with us to see which path we were planning to take. Our selected path was the bridleway to Ayrmer’s Cove, but it turned out to be one of the muddiest tracks we have ever ridden. When we finally arrived at the beach we had to spend a considerable time cleaning our bikes and shoes - some idiots actually walked through the river that flowed across the beach.

A couple of showers ruined our lunch, but things looked brighter as we set off along the coastal footpath that leads past Toby’s Point to Challaborough. We got some good views of Burgh Island - and we had plenty of time to enjoy them, because Budgie had a slow puncture.

We needed to make some fast progress now, so this was not the best time for Keir’s rear derailleur to fall apart. It happened during the long climb towards Bigbury, and it must have taken Keir more than half an hour to find the jockey wheel and fit it back on the derailleur.

Eventually we were off again, heading for the Aveton Gifford Tidal Road. Keir’s chain broke again, and then we discovered .. that the tide was in.

Never before had we found the tide in. Never before had we realised the problems that this could cause. We could only see one section of road under water, and the alternative route involved retracing our steps up a large hill and then negotiating another descent and climb. We decided to carry our bikes across after removing our shoes. Little ones got carried across.

Things went surprisingly well and we were soon reunited on the far side of the submerged section. Around the corner, however, were more sections of water, and many of the youngsters were too impatient to wait to be carried. They just waded or rode through the salty water, getting their shoes full of water. We all got to the far side quite quickly, but those who hadn’t removed shoes or socks would have a price to pay as the afternoon wore on.

We returned home via Loddiswell and Kitterford Cross at an ever-decreasing speed thanks to a number of youngsters having cold feet, finally arriving at South Brent after the cafe had closed. We used the Shell garage for warmth and refreshments, and the smallest members (who were suffering most from the cold) were collected by car as we headed towards Buckfastleigh.

Crofters provided welcome warmth and food for many of the group. When everyone else had gone home Michael took pity on Tao and Eliot and drove them home to Newton Abbot at 8.15.

There are two morals to this story: expect the tide to be in at Aveton Gifford, and never allow your feet, shoes and socks to get wet on a cold day!

Friday 3 March 1995Social: Indoor Games
17 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone, Gavin Taylor
Once again this was just another very pleasurable evening of computer and board games.

Sunday 5 March 1995Afternoon ride: SigfordSunny, windy, showers
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Michael Jones, Jake Lane (9, Buckfastleigh), William Lane, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Ken Oakley, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone, Luke Whiting
Ashley, Paul and Philip took the harder route from Sigford to Birchanger via Bagtor House. We attempted the ride across Haytor, but the headwind turned out to be too strong. We returned instead via Birchanger, Halshanger and Ashburton, delayed only by Neil’s blow-out.

Friday 10 March 1995Social: Indoor Games
13 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright
This should have been a cinema trip to see the film Star Trek - Generations, but because Michael was laid up in bed with a fever an indoor games social was hastily arranged at the last minute.

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