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Sunday 19 July 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's morning ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 24 July 2009
1900-2200
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's evening ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Sunday 26 July 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's morning ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 31 July 2009
1900-2200
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With Michael unexpectedly away today's evening ride had to be cancelled.

Sunday 2 August 2009
1015-1315
Morning ride: SpitchwickSunny
2 present: Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Ryan Havinga at Spitchwick
On a glorious summer's morning we enjoyed an excellent ride through Hembury to Spitchwick. We returned the long way via the steep hill through the woods to Buckland and then down Ausewell hill to Ashburton

Friday 7 August 2009
1900-2200
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's evening ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Sunday 9 August 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's morning ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 14 August 2009
1900-2200
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's evening ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Sunday 16 August 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's evening ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Friday 21 August 2009
1900-2200
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's evening ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Sunday 23 August 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With Michael away, today's ride was cancelled.

Friday 28 August 2009
1900-2200
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's evening ride, so the ride was cancelled.

Sunday 30 August 2009
1015-1150
Morning ride: RiverfordDrizzle
2 present: Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
As the weather wasn't very inspiring we did only a short ride, riding along Colston Road to Riverford and returning via the track to Hole Farm and Abham.

Friday 4 September 2009
1900-2015
Evening ride: Hembury WoodsWindy and cold
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
On a cold and windy evening we rode up the long hill to Cross Furzes, making the top in 45 minutes, and played Frisbee on the nearby moorland. Everyone seemed to enjoy this despite the weather, but we didn't hang around too long before heading back.

Sunday 6 September 2009
1030-1225
Morning ride: SkerratonDry
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Our junior adventurers didn't do so well today. We rode up the hill past Nurston only to find that Ryan was out of energy and somehow we had forgotten to pack the chocolate shop into Michael's pannier. All we could do was turn left and ride down Dean hill, but even that caused problems when Ryan, who was going slowly down the hill, didn't arrive at the Timbers Road meeting place. We went back to look for him but there was no sign. It later transpired that he had decided to turn left in Dean for some reason and had gone back to Buckfastleigh along the back road! Michael reminded him that we never turn off a road without waiting for the whole group.

Friday 11 September 2009
1900-2005
Evening ride: Hembury Woods
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman (13, Totnes), Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac was borrowing a friend's bike tonight that didn't have lights, so we were forced to run a short ride to Hembury Woods, returning as darkness was falling. Congratulations to Callum who did very well on his first ride.

Sunday 13 September 2009
1015-1330
Morning ride: ParkfieldSunny
3 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Michael's "Mystery Ride" today took us along the old road to Ashburton and then up the steep hill to Chuley Cross and Parkfield. The track from just beyond Parkfield starts with a rough section along the edge of some high fields, then drops down to a flat and sometimes muddy section through the woods. Not surprisingly everyone enjoyed it, and the subsequent cafe stop at Landscove and Frisbee game in the nearby playing fields helped make this a very enjoyable ride. We returned home via Green Lane.

Friday 18 September 2009
1900-2110
Evening ride: Staverton
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Our ride this evening, along Colston Road to Staverton, felt quite different to our usual excursions because it was dark nearly all the way. Callum did very well although he was tired by the time we had returned via Hole Farm and Caddaford.

Sunday 20 September 2009
1015-1320
Morning ride: Avon DamSunny
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Callum Freeman
Callum, Ryan and Ash by the Avon Reservoir
Callum leads the way over the moor on the Abbots Way
Relaxing by the reservoir
Michael's "Mystery Ride" was not a total mystery to Ashley, and he really didn't think his sore arm would cope with the rough descent across the moor. Nevertheless once we had climbed up Dean hill and on to Bloody Pool he decided to give it a go. The radio-controlled plane enthusiasts were out again today.

The fine weather had drawn hundreds of people to Shipley Bridge, making cycling past them a little more difficult than usual. Eventually we got to the Avon dam however and settled on its tranquil banks for a chocolate break. A dog dived into the reservoir for a swim while we lay there: we didn't like the idea considering this was our drinking water, but there were no signs around so we couldn't really complain. Hopefully the filtration plant will do its job properly!

Neither Ryan nor Callum had ever ridden the moorland track behind the dam and they were totally stunned by the view from the top of the hill - it is possible to see all the way from Teignmouth to Paignton and beyond from there. And of course they thought the track descent to Cross Furzes along the Abbots Way was "awesome", both of them going on about it long after we had reached home.

Friday 25 September 2009
1900-2105
Evening ride: Holne Play Park
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
It was good to see that everyone had fully working lights tonight. We rode up to Scoriton and on up the steep hill to Holne, and while everyone played on the rope swing in the dark Michael gave out free chocolate to celebrate the final evening ride of the season (it was supposed to be free chocolate eggs, but everybody wanted standard chocolate bars). On the way back through Hembury Woods we were on the lookout for wood worshipers holding strange rituals in the dark glades but on this occasion we were disappointed (or relieved in some cases). Back at Crofters we had time for some computer games before the club closed at 10.

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