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Sunday 27 September 2009
1015-1345
Morning ride: DiptfordDry
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Ash, Ryan and Callum
Callum, Ash and Ryan on the disused bridge near Avonwick Station
Ryan, Callum and Ash on the River Avon
River fun on the Avon near Avonwick
In order to avoid some of the debates on recent rides about where we should go, Michael made today's ride a "mystery ride" and everyone found that it made the event much more interesting. Points were offered to anyone who could answer Michael's questions correctly, such as which village we would be going to next, or what special feature would be found around the next corner.

The ride took us up the hill to Pennywell and Rattery. Nobody remembered that there was a viaduct at the bottom of the next hill. We continued on past Blue Post to Diptford village and stopped on the old bridge near the river Avon for refreshments. It was amazing how many fish there were in the river below, and many of them managed to hold stationery position by clever swimming.

Ash remembered the old station building a little further along the road, then there was time to play around the river for a while and spot a few more fish before taking the old cobbled lane through Avonwick. We stopped at South Brent's Plymco for refreshments, headed back towards Buckfastleigh along the back lanes and then, as we were in no hurry, decided to explore the rough track that runs off to the left of the Dean hill decent. Michael knew there was a reason why he hadn't done this for many years, and when the track petered out by a boggy gate and led us into a field he remembered why. We managed to find a gateway that took us back to the road near Dean and vowed not to try that particular detour again.

Friday 2 October 2009
1900-2200
Social: Ten-pin Bowling
3 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Callum had to miss tonight after accidently cutting his hand during the week, but the rest of us left at 7.15 and enjoyed a good game of ten-pin bowling at Plymouth. Three games of pool and some arcade games rounded off our visit very nicely, and then we called into Tesco on the way home so that Ryan could buy a few cheap sweets.

Sunday 4 October 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's ride, so it was cancelled.

Friday 9 October 2009
1900-2200
Social: Tennis
3 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones
After a few computer games at home we went to Tesco to buy a few bits and then enjoyed an hour of tennis at Ivybridge from 8.30-9.30. It was well worth the money, although we were all hot and tired by the end of the hour.

Sunday 11 October 2009
1015-1250
Morning ride: Gallant Le BowerIntermittent drizzle
4 present: Ash Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Riding down the field towards Holne Woods
The start of the track near Gallant le Bower
This was the first "mystery ride" that Zac had been on, and at first he didn't like the idea at all of not knowing where he was going: he saw it as some kind of trick to make him go further than he wanted! We went up Holne Road and along the lower track through Hembury, bringing us soon to Gallant le Bower. From here we took the path that leads down across the fields to Holne Woods: this was new to most of our youngsters and they all thoroughly enjoyed it. We returned home via River Dart Country Park and the old Ashburton road.

Friday 16 October 2009
1900-2200
Social: Music Quiz
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Ash and Callum wanted to do swimming, but Ryan and Zac weren't so keen. In the end we found that Torquay pool closed at 8pm, then Ryan felt too tired to go anywhere, so Michael organised a music quiz that tested everyone's knowledge of film and TV themes and of course modern music of all kinds. Ash and Callum beat Ryan and Zac.

Sunday 18 October 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's ride, so it was cancelled.

Friday 23 October 2009
1900-2207
Social: Swimming
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
By popular demand we arranged a swimming trip tonight. We had to decide between the English Riviera Centre at Torquay and the Riverside at Exeter. After much deliberation we chose Exeter because it allowed diving, although the downside was that there was no flume. We got there at around 7.50 and had a lot of fun doing a lot of diving off the side, finally leaving at around 9.05. We called in to Sainsbury on the way home to get a few snacks and then got back a little late at 10.07.

Sunday 25 October 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's ride, so it was cancelled.

Friday 30 October 2009
1900-2200
Social: Badminton
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
We were able to book a badminton court at Ashburton tonight and had some excellent games between 7.40 and 8.40. The best games turned out to be Michael and Ash v Callum and Zac with the latter having a ten-point handicap. On return to Crofters we enjoyed several games of Call of Duty on the PC network.

Sunday 1 November 2009
1040-1255
Morning ride: StavertonSunny but windy
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Callum demonstrates the art of camouflage
Ryan, Ash and Callum on Colston Road
A delightful autumnal scene on the riverside path at Staverton
Expert pumpkins on display along Colston road
Ash Freeman on the lane towards Abham
The riverside path crossing at Staverton
Callum Freeman
After heavy overnight rain we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by sunshine as we set off along Colston road. A family near the Riverford end of the road had created such excellent pumpkin carvings for Halloween that they had put them on display at the entrance to their farm.

The riverside path at Staverton looked stunning today with autumn colours everywhere. The river Dart was so high and dangerous today that there was no way we could consider crossing to the island, but just after crossing the railway line a steam train came along, making another fine sight.

We took the track up through the woods to the waterlogged park and then headed home through the lanes past Hole Farm.

Friday 6 November 2009
1900-2215
Social: Pool
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Zac found himself barred from attending the social tonight as he had missed the last three cycle rides, but the rest of us enjoyed a fun evening. After some computer games at Crofters we set off at 7.25 for Plymouth and had three good games of Pool on two tables, swapping the pairings over for each game. After the inevitable arcade games and a visit to Tesco we got back a little late at 10.15, with fireworks going off in all directions on the return journey.

Sunday 8 November 2009
1015-1255
Morning ride: Beaston TrackDry
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Ash's hopes of a car-assisted ride to Exeter Ship Canal were dashed when Zac rang late - with five people and five bikes were just too many to take in the V70. Michael organised another of his mystery rides, not telling anyone in advance where we were going. We ended up riding the famous Beaston Track in the downhill direction, which did not fail to live up to its reputation of being muddy and wet - so naturally everyone loved it! Callum, being relatively inexperienced, went way too fast through all the mud and water and ended up plastered and soaked from head to foot. Ash, usually more cautious, didn't see the danger in the biggest lake however, charging through it and then discovering that it was much deeper than he expected: he ended up with soaked shoes and cold feet.

We took the right turn at Gullaford and then the fun track that first goes down over a field and then enters a woodland track that continues down to Lower Combe. This was a great finish to a fun ride.

Friday 13 November 2009
1900-2200
Social: Computer Games
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Tonight was so wet and so windy that the Tamar Bridge had been closed to high-sided vehicles. Some parents were understandably anxious about travelling, so we contented ourselves with a short trip to Peartree garage at Ashburton in Michael's Volvo S40 loan car, then spent the rest of the evening playing Lord of the Rings and Call of Duty on the PC network.

Sunday 15 November 2009
1015-1225
Morning ride: Belford MillSunny and dry
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
At Ryan's request we rode to Ashburton and spent a little time in the park, where two local youngsters joined with us for some biking fun on the ramps. After all the recent rain there were puddles and lakes on all the roads. We took the woodland track from beyond Belford Mill back to Ashburton, which Callum enjoyed immensely. Ash was a bit sore from various school activities last week so we didn't extend the ride as planned, returning directly to Buckfastleigh via the old Ashburton road.

Friday 20 November 2009
1900-2200
Social: Ten-pin Bowling
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
The youngsters had stitched up this evening's social in school, so when they arrived they all knew exactly what they wanted to do. After a few games of Call of Duty we set off at 7.25 for Plymouth and enjoyed a good game of ten-pin bowling - Ryan only just missed getting the 100 points he had hoped for by a single point, but Michael won the day with 142. ON the way home they all wanted the usual twenty minutes in Tesco to buy sweets and cheap doughnuts.

Sunday 22 November 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Nobody except Michael was available for today's ride, so it was cancelled.

Friday 27 November 2009
1900-2200
Social: Pool
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones
Ryan's bad toe meant we couldn't do sport again tonight, so we arranged a trip to Plymouth and enjoyed some excellent games of pool and a few arcade games before heading home via Tesco. There was even time for twenty minutes of computer games when we got back.

Sunday 29 November 2009
1015-1300
Morning ride: CancelledCold with heavy showers
0 present:
The poor weather put everyone off today so there was no ride.

Friday 4 December 2009
1900-2200
Social: Computer Games
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Ryan Havinga, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Network games of Lord of the Rings and Call of Duty kept everyone happily occupied this evening.

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