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Sunday 14 November 2010
1015-1300
Morning ride: Converted to SocialWet
3 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones
Unfriendly weather conditions prompted us to share our morning between computer games and badminton.

Friday 19 November 2010
1900-2200
Social: Ten-pin Bowling & Pool
3 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones
Callum loves bowling and Michael needed to call in to the Vue cinema about some ticket refunds, so a visit to Plymouth seemed the ideal social this evening. Ash surprised everyone and himself by winning the bowling with a score of just 108, and he even beat Michael and Callum at Pool as well!

Sunday 21 November 2010
1015-1250
Morning ride: Belford MillDry but cold
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell
The woodland track near Belford Mill
Jack, Ash and Callum enjoying the woodland track near Belford Mill
A cold breeze meant we had to dress up warmly for this morning ride to Ashburton. There were plenty of autumn leaves lining the woodland track near Belford Mill but the glorious colours of two weeks ago were beginning to fade now. Our return route took us past South Dartmoor School, around one of Michael's "educational" detours in the centre of Ashburton and home via Peartree.

Friday 26 November 2010
1900-2200
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones
Our plans to play badminton this evening came to nothing once again as there was not a single court free anywhere in South Devon! We organised some very enjoyable team games on the computers instead and had a great evening.

Sunday 28 November 2010
1015-1300
Morning ride: Converted to SocialVery cold (1°)
3 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones
It was so cold this morning that nobody felt like going out. We played Lord of the Rings for an hour to see if things would warm up, and when they didn't we went to Ashburton for an hour of badminton - which gave Callum a chance to try out his new racquet!

Friday 3 December 2010
1900-2200
Social: Risk
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Zac, Callum and Ash at the end of a hard-fought battle of Risk
Zac suggested a game of Risk this evening and for once Callum went along with the idea. We had a great game, although Callum's frequent attacks on his teammate's territories didn't improve their chance of success. We finished the game by 9.20 and concluded the evening with some computer games.

Sunday 5 December 2010
1015-1300
Morning ride: Hembury WoodsSunny but cold
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, Matt Porter
Callum, Ash, Jack and Matt at a woodland glade in the upper reaches of Hembury Woods
Ash and Jack on the lower Hembury track
Callum started the ride by complaining about the cold weather - apparently 4 degrees was too cold for cycling! By the time we got to Buckfast he was feeling better, and the warmth of the lower Hembury track put an end to all his complaints. The track really did look delightful this morning, with dappled sunlight highlighting the fallen autumn leaves.

Our plans to ride to River Dart Country Park were abandoned in favour of the Hembury Woods tracks by popular request. We took the left turn at the top which brought us to a choice of wooded glades. For a change we took the middle path which brought us to a fun, leaf-covered downhill track that brought us eventually to the river. Jack, as always, took the path very cautiously, trying to avoid the hidden stones and potholes that lived under the leaves. We concluded an excellent morning ride with the riverside track back to the car park.

Friday 10 December 2010
1900-2200
Social: Ten-pin Bowling
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath
Callum got his wish again tonight - bowling at Plymouth. Zac had his foot in plaster so had to watch the game, but he was able to join in with the games of Pool afterwards. We concluded the evening with our customary visit to Tesco at Lee Mill.

Sunday 12 December 2010
1015-1450
Day ride: Fermoy's Winter SpecialCold, sunny spells later
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell
Callum, Ash and Jack at Fermoys
Everyone was up for our Fermoy’s Special today, although by the time Jack arrived late and Michael was even later there was no chance of an early start. We took the lanes through Staverton and Ambrook to Ipplepen, arriving at Fermoy’s at around 12.15. We all treated ourselves to luxury hot chocolates and cakes in the well-stocked cafe, then browsed through the Christmas goods and the pet stores.

We set off for home at around 1.20 on what was now a warm and sunny afternoon. Riding towards Denbury, Callum ended up sprawled across the road after rounding a bend that evidently had an icy covering: the look of surprise on his face suggested he had never encountered ice before!

Friday 17 December 2010
1900-2200
Social: Cancelled
0 present:
Callum couldn't get down because of the snow and Zac couldn't walk up because of the snow (he is on crutches), so the social was cancelled this evening.

Sunday 19 December 2010
1015-1700
Day ride (Car-assisted): Christmas Lunch, IlsingtonDry, but very cold (below zero)
5 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Michael Jones, Zac McGrath, Matt Porter
The Ilsington Hotel
A special Christmas meal in "The Library"
Matt, Ash, Zac and Callum outside the Ilsington Hotel
A second fall of snow on Friday night had sadly left conditions too treacherous and cold for moorland cycling, and since Zac was still recovering from a foot injury we decided to use Michael's car for transport to this year's Christmas Lunch ride. Michael's new all-season tyres made light work of the snow and we arrived at the hotel at 11.50, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The lads somehow managed to touch an alarm button on the wall near the Jacuzzi whilst running around the pool - the alarm only rang in the hotel, so we were blissfully unaware of the problem until staff came running out to us.

We had the Library room all to ourselves for the meal as usual, and we certainly couldn't fault the presentation or the prices. Michael was a bit disappointed with his vegetarian option but everyone else seemed happy with the food. Callum came off worst in the inevitable snowball fights after the meal when he got hit square on the ear by a flyer from Ashley.

The journey home was slow but incident-free and left us with an hour and a half for computer games at Crofters, rounding off a very special day.

Friday 31 December 2010
1900-2300
Social: Cinema Trip, Tron
4 present: Ash Freeman, Callum Freeman, Liam Freeman (12, Totnes), Michael Jones
We bought a family ticket to see Tron in 3D this evening starting at 8.20 at Vue Plymouth. On the way down we called in to Tesco but found it closed at 7pm for New Year's Eve so we just got some refreshments from the garage there.

The cinema was fairly quiet so we got excellent seats. Everyone loved Tron: it was a fantastic world and great fun to watch from start to finish. The film made an excellent finish to 2010.

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