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Friday 2 January 2009
1900-2200
Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There was no social this evening because Michael was away.

Sunday 4 January 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
There were no participants out today so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 9 January 2009
1900-2200
Social: Board Games
4 present: Neil Ault, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
This evening we tried out Ashley's new board game of Lord of the Rings. It took a little while to work out how to play it, but we soon got to grips with it and ended up narrowly defeating Sauron - which is of course the way it should always end!

Sunday 11 January 2009
1015-1230
Morning ride: South BrentWindy and cloudy, 10ยบ
5 present: Olly Acland, Sam Acland, Michael "Wolfie" Bulmer, Michael Jones, Freddie Tyler
Olly was showing off his new Trek mountain bike today as we set off up Dean hill for South Brent. We took the track route from Marley Head, which wasn't too muddy today for a change, then called in to Plymco for some refreshments. Nobody seemed to want a ride extension today so we headed home via Rattery.

Friday 16 January 2009
1900-2200
Social: Cinema Trip, Yes Man
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Everyone wanted a cinema trip this evening and the best film we could come up with was "Yes Man" starring Jim Carey. It proved sufficiently entertaining to give us all an enjoyable evening out.

Sunday 18 January 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: CancelledCold and wet
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride, mainly because of the poor weather, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 23 January 2009
1900-2200
Social: Badminton
4 present: Olly Acland, Sam Acland, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones
We booked this evening's badminton session at Coombeshead School, Newton Abbot for the first time and were quite impressed with the facilities. Everyone was proficient at the game so we had some excellent matches.

Sunday 25 January 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: CancelledCold
0 present:
There were no participants out for today's ride, mainly because of the cold, icy weather, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 30 January 2009
1900-2200
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Computer games provided the entertainment once again for this enjoyable social at Crofters. Ash had to go home early so Zac and Michael finished with some fun on the superb new computer game Little Big Planet.

Sunday 1 February 2009
1015-1230
Morning ride: Converted to SocialCold
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac and Ryan arrived ready for cycling but some parents were concerned about the possibility of ice so we changed this morning's ride to a sports social and booked a session of badminton at Ivybridge which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Friday 6 February 2009
1900-2200
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Computer games provided the entertainment once again for this enjoyable social at Crofters.

Sunday 8 February 2009
1015-1230
Morning ride: Converted to SocialCold and icy
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
There was ice around so to ensure safety of our youngsters we cancelled the ride today, offering a snowball social instead which took place at Venford Reservoir where the snow was still waist deep in places.

Friday 13 February 2009Social: Cancelled
0 present:
There was no social this evening because Michael was away.

Sunday 15 February 2009Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
There was no ride today because Michael was away.

Friday 20 February 2009
1900-2200
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Computer games provided the entertainment once again for this enjoyable social at Crofters.

Sunday 22 February 2009
1015-1230
Morning ride: Kings Wood (5 mi)Cloudy, dry
3 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Ryan and Ash in Kings Wood
Finally some reasonable weather allowed us to venture out for an enjoyable morning ride, taking us up towards Cross Furzes and then down through the little-explored Kings Wood. This time we didn't get a puncture, but noticed several interesting side tracks that warrant future investigation. We took the road up towards Hapstead where we came across two deer, then headed home for a games social.

Friday 27 February 2009
1900-2200
Social: Pool
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Entertainment this evening was provided by the pool tables at Plymouth, where we played an assortment of doubles games.

Sunday 1 March 2009
1015-1600
Day ride (Car-assisted): Exeter Ship Canal (16 mi)Sunny and warm
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac, Ashley and Ryan at Turf Locks
The Exe Estuary at the start of the path near Powderham
Trampolining in the Exeter canal park
Turf Locks
Ashley does a flip on the trampoline
A combination of great weather and one of our favourite destinations helped make this the best ride of the year so far. We took the car to Starcross and then rode past Powderham to the path that runs along the Exe estuary to the Turf Locks. Everything looked very colourful in the winter sunshine and we allowed ourselves a short break to take in the scenery.

Continuing along the canal path we were soon in Exeter passing many other cyclists along the way. Our immediate destination was Pizza Hut, a favourite with our youngsters, where we enjoyed some delicious pizza and unlimited drinks. We then had plenty of time to ride around the park that surrounds the canal, pausing for the youngsters to play on the public trampoline.

We returned to the swing bridges by a different path and then followed the canal path back to Powderham and Starcross - all flat of course, so nobody could complain that the ride was too strenuous!

Friday 6 March 2009
1900-2200
Social: Badminton
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
After a few PC games at Crofters we headed for the Ashmoor Leisure Centre for 8.30 for an excellent session of badminton.

Sunday 8 March 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride (Car-assisted): Venford Reservoir (2 mi)Cold with heavy showers
3 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
A cold morning with a forecast of heavy showers did not tempt us to travel far, so we took the bikes to Venford by car in the hope that the rain would stop long enough for us to ride around the reservoir. As luck would have it, the rain did stop as we arrived, but the journey around the reservoir path was not exactly pleasurable in view of the icy cold wind. The next shower held off until we arrived back at the car, by which time we were so cold that home was the only destination any of us wanted to consider!

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