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Friday 25 July 2008
1900-2230
Social: Cinema Trip, Kung Fu Panda
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Our film this evening was Kung Fu Panda at Exeter's Vue cinema. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the film.

Sunday 27 July 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: Diptford (7 mi)Sunny and hot
2 present: Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac on the Cobbly Walk at Avonwick
A ride which started out as a car-assisted ride to Slapton changed to a car-assisted ride to Diptford when Zac realised he didn't have enough money for the longer journey. Our short ride took us from Syon Abbey to Avonwick, along the restored Cobbly Path, and then beside the river Avon past the old railway station.

The weather was not getting very warm indeed, so we returned directly to Syon Abbey from Diptford.

Friday 1 August 2008
1900-2200
Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 3 August 2008Tour: North Cornish Coast Day 1 Home to Treyarnon Bay YH (19 mi)Sunny with showers
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac and Ashley at the start of the Camel trail, Bodmin
Zac and Ashley at the start of the Camel trail, Bodmin
The Camel Estuary from the Trail
On the Camel trail
Drying off after a dip in Harlyn Bay
The view from the Camel trail towards Padstow
Sunset at Treyarnon Bay
HD video footage from today's ride
This year's summer tour started mid-morning at Bodmin on a cloudy morning. Zac had a few problems with his panniers during the first ten minutes of the Camel trail, but we were soon on our way again, stopping for refreshments at the cyclists' cafe.

The path to Wadebridge was not as busy as we might have expected in mid-summer, possibly because the forecast was for showers. We checked out the cycle hire shops in Wadebridge and were shown a range of bikes for hire at £12 per day. Dog carriers were extra, and we saw several of those on the much busier section to Padstow.

Conditions were still dry as we arrived at Padstow, passing the Rick Stein fish and chip shop in favour of pasties and other cheaper lunch items in the village itself. We settled down on a bench overlooking the harbour, admiring the many expensive boats that resided there.

One of our plans for the day was to take a trip on the speedboat, but since the tide was out we had to wait until 3.30 for our trip. An unpleasantly long shower kept us exploring many shops for the hour we had to wait, and the rain hadn't stopped as we boarded our speedboat. At just £5 for a very fast fifteen-minute ride around the estuary we thought it was pretty good value. We were going to get wet anyway, so the only real problem with the rain was that it felt quite painful on our faces as we sped out to sea. It was an excellent trip though, and well worth the wait.

Fine weather returned for the final stage of the journey, which did not prove too hilly. The beach at Harlyn Bay looked so attractive that we stopped for a bit of fun. It got a bit out of hand however, and we all soon ended up waist deep in the sea, with Michael doing his best to protect the cameras and mobile phones. This was our first dip of the tour, and it wasn't going to be our last. We were a bit wet when we returned to the bikes, but the hostel was only two miles away. We took the coastal route around the headland, planning to enjoy Treyarnon's private beach as soon as we arrived, but the heavens opened as we were signing in so a hot shower seemed like the better offer.

Once we had eaten the sunshine had returned. It took only a few moments to decide that we just had to get wet again. The beach was magnificent and this proved to be the most enjoyable swim of the tour. We played in the water for well over an hour before finally hobbling back to the hostel with bare feet.

Monday 4 August 2008Tour: North Cornish Coast Day 2 Treyarnon to Perranporth YH (17 mi)Sunny
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Ashley and Zac at the entrance to Treyarnon YH
Ashley Freeman at Treyarnon Bay
Zac and Ashley at Treyarnon
Zac and Ashley at Treyarnon Bay
Old MacAshley
Old MacZac
Ashley pedals hard on Newquay boating lake
Watergate Bay
Surfing at Perranorth
HD video footage from today's ride
Today's forecast was the best of the three days, and the sun was shining as we left the hostel. Michael's satnav helped us navigate the lanes and back roads on a somewhat hilly route, bringing us eventually to the Bedruthan Steps cafe where we enjoyed home-baked refreshments.

Next stop was the gift shop at Mawgan Porth, where Ashley bought some underwater goggles.

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Tuesday 5 August 2008Tour: North Cornish Coast Day 3 Perranporth to Home (14 mi)
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
View of Perranporth beach from near the YH
Zac & Ashley at Perranporth YH
View of Perranporth Beach from Chapel Rock
Ashley using a camcorder on Chapel Rock
Ashley Freeman
Zac McGrath
HD video footage from today's ride
[Report to follow.]

Friday 8 August 2008
1900-2230
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
This evening's social was a games evening that for once was based mainly on card games rather than computer games. The card games we played on the train during the tour seemed to have created a real interest from both youngsters.

Sunday 10 August 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: Holne (8 mi)Mainly sunny
5 present: Donald Comer-Calder, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Ashley Towey (10, Devon), Tom Towey (Adult, Devon)
Ashley F, Donald, Ashley T and Michael near Hembury fort
Ashley T, Tom, Donald and Ashley F on Hembury fort
Donald returned to club rides today, bringing with him a new friend Ashley and his father Tom. We rode through Scoriton and Michelcombe to Holne Play Park, where yesterday's Holne Fair had turned the entrance to the park into a mud bath. We played with the Frisbees until Ashley F finally arrived, then headed off to Hembury Woods where the fort and slalom provided plenty of the kind of entertainment that the youngsters like most.

Our newcomers performed exceptionally well and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the ride.

Friday 15 August 2008
1900-2200
Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 17 August 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: CancelledDry
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 22 August 2008
1900-2200
Social: Cinema Truo, Hellboy 2
2 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones
The movie this evening was Hellboy 2, a thoroughly entertaining blockbuster that's nowhere near as evil as it sounds!

Sunday 24 August 2008
1015-1300
Morning ride: CancelledDry
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 29 August 2008Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's event.

Sunday 31 August 2008
1015-1200
Morning ride: Cross FurzesMainly dry
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
The weather didn't inspire much enthusiasm for a ride today, but Michael managed to persuade Ashley and Zac to at least do a short, energetic ride up the long hill towards Cross Furzes.

Friday 5 September 2008
1900-2200
Social: Ten-pin Bowling
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
We drove to Plymouth this evening for a game of tenpin bowling and a few games of Pool.

Sunday 7 September 2008
1015-1630
Day ride (Car-assisted): SalcombeSunny and warm
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Salcombe estuary from the coast path above the hostel
The view from Salcombe YH
Zac McGrath
Salcombe harbour
Ashley Freeman
This turned out to be one of the most enjoyable rides we have done for some time, even though we didn't actually cycle more than 10 miles! We took the car to Malborough, from where Ashley and Zac rode on down the hill while Michael parked the car near the youth hostel. It really was a delightful morning, so Michael coaxed the lads to ride up to the youth hostel and then walk on up to the coast path. When they reached the top and could see the stunning views across the Salcombe estuary and out to sea, they really did feel it had been worth the climb.

Next we took the two short climbs that led to Salcombe, arriving just in time for lunch which we purchased from the local takeaway. We explored the interesting network of paths, streets and boat shops and then found a boat hire company! We spent an enjoyable hour cruising up and down the estuary in the glorious afternoon sunshine. The water was a bit choppy, and Ashley just loved steering us into the waves to make sure we got totally soaked!

To conclude an excellent day we returned to the car near the youth hostel and headed back to Buckfastleigh.

Friday 12 September 2008
1900-2200
Social: Movie Night, The Island
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
The youngsters wanted a movie this evening, and they chose to watch The Island, which seemed to keep them happy.

Sunday 14 September 2008
1015-1230
Morning ride: HolneSunny
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
We were pleased to welcome Ryan back to the club for this morning's ride to Holne. The youngsters foolishly chose the steep climb to Holne past Ryan's house against Michael's advice, and quickly learned why we always go via Michelcombe! There was a new rope swing in the play park that kept us amused for a while, and when Zac had finished making a fuss about being knocked over by the swing we headed into the village for refreshments at the cafe.


To conclude another excellent ride, we took the slalom track through Hembury Woods-- apparently Zac had never been down this track before!

Friday 19 September 2008
1900-2200
Social: Pool
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
This evening we drove to Plymouth to play several games of Pool, which turned out to be very enjoyable. On the return journey we called into Tesco to treat ourselves to some tasty snacks.

Sunday 21 September 2008Morning ride: CancelledDry
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride, so the ride was cancelled.

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