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Friday 16 May 2008
1900-2100
Evening ride: Buckfastleigh TracksSunny
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Ash & Zac investigate the lime kilns near Buckfastleigh caves
Neither of our youngsters felt particularly energetic this evening so we contented ourselves with a short but interesting ride exploring the tracks to Buckfastleigh caves, the quarries and the parish church.

Sunday 18 May 2008
1015-1400
Day ride (Car-assisted): Haldon Forest TracksHot and sunny
7 present: Charles Acland, Heidi Acland, Olly Acland, Sam Acland, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
The group on the Family Trail
Zac & Ash trying out the usual seat on the Play Trail
Ashley Freeman near the start of the Black Trail
Olly, Ashley and Zac on the Red Trail
Olly and Ash enjoy hot pancakes back at the car park
Ashley Freeman
There was a good turnout for our repeat ride to Haldon tracks. We took in several of the trails, including the more challenging red trail. Everyone had fun getting air on some of the jumps.

We concluded an excellent ride with hot pancakes from the mobile cafe at the car park.

Friday 23 May 2008Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 25 May 2008Morning ride: CancelledWet
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride.

Friday 30 May 2008Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 1 June 2008
1015-1430
Day ride (Car-assisted): Plym Valley CyclewayMainly sunny, occasional showers
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac wanted a beach ride but Ash was favouring the Plym Valley cycleway, which he missed in May. After some indecision we plumped for the cycle path, riding right up to the end and back again. The falcon watch team were still there with their telescopes.

To conclude an enjoyable ride we called in to Pizza Hut in Plymouth.

Friday 6 June 2008
1900-2230
Social: Games Evening
4 present: Julian Duquemin, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Julian turned up unexpectedly this evening and joined us for a chat and some computer games.

Sunday 8 June 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: Chalk FordSunny and warm
4 present: Sam Acland, Ash Freeman, Jay Harrison (14, Buckfastleigh), Michael Jones
Ash, Jay & Sam at Chalk Ford
Sam, Ash & Jay ready for the descent to Chalk Ford
It was a warm morning and the long climb up Wallaford Road took its toll on new rider Jay, who seemed to be suffering from a headache. After a fifteen-minute rest we continued the climb, meeting Ashley at Cross Furzes a few minutes later.

The rough track to Lud Gate quickly brought us to the open moor which looked magnificent in the morning sunshine. The long downhill over open moorland provided the usual high level of fun, and on arrival at Chalk Ford the temptation to splash each other with large rocks proved irresistible.

We returned to Buckfastleigh via the stony downhill track to Scoriton.

Friday 13 June 2008
1900-2230
Social: Cinema Trip, Incredible Hulk
2 present: Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Those attending this evening's activity chose a social rather than an evening ride, the social being a trip to Plymouth to see the latest summer blockbuster, The Incredible Hulk. This big budget film did not disappoint.

Sunday 15 June 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: Converted to SocialDamp
2 present: Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
With the weather not looking brilliant today, the morning ride turned into a Doctor Who social morning.

Friday 20 June 2008
1900-2230
Social: Music Quiz
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Once again our youngsters chose a social activity this evening, this time our ever popular Music Quiz. Just for a chance, Ash turned out to be the winner, but only by a small margin.

Sunday 22 June 2008Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride.

Friday 27 June 2008
1900-2230
Social: Cinema Trip, Prince Caspian
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Tonight was the launch of one of this year's most anticipated movies, and we weren't about to miss out. Prince Caspian, the second of the Chronicles of Narnia films, turned out to be even better than we had expected, making this one of the most enjoyable social evenings of the year.

Sunday 29 June 2008Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride.

Friday 4 July 2008Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 6 July 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: DartingtonSunny
4 present: Tao Burgess, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson
We were pleased to have Tao and Gavin join the ride today after a long break. We had good weather all morning apart from a single shower. We followed Colston Road to Huxham’s Cross and then took the new cycle path down through the fields to the Cider Press Centre at Dartington. Cranks proved irresistible today – Ash took advantage of the opportunity and had strawberry cream cake and orange juice.

Ash had knee pains but Tao and Gavin felt like having a longer ride, so they went on while Ash and Michael returned home along the main road.

Friday 11 July 2008
1900-2230
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
We almost went to see Kung Fu Panda at the cinema tonight, but Zac had other ideas so we enjoyed games on the XBox 360 and PCs.

Sunday 13 July 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: Avon DamDry
4 present: Sam Acland, Ash Freeman, Jay Harrison, Michael Jones
Resting beside the Avon reservoir
Ashley Freeman on the Avon Dam
Ashley, Jay and Sam by the reservoir
We had reached Dean Prior when Ashley rang up, saying he had overslept! Michael went back to fetch him in the car whilst Sam and Jay rode on up the hill past Nurston. Everyone met up again at Bloody Pool.

Friday 18 July 2008
1900-2200
Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 20 July 2008
1015-1200
Morning ride: Hembury WoodsSunny
2 present: Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
A short morning ride took us to the lower track in Hembury Woods on a beautiful sunny morning.

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