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Friday 7 December 2012
1900-2200
Social: Games Evening
5 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, Will Rogers
Everyone wanted to watch The Hobbit next week at the cinema, so tonight we were content to stay in for a games evening that included Minecraft, Modern Warfare 3 and Supreme Commander.

Sunday 9 December 2012
1015-1310
Morning ride: South Brent (10 mi)Cloudy, chilly, occasional light drizzle
6 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, John Rogers
CoB came up early for a puncture repair only to discover that his tyre just needed pumping. When everyone had arrived we set off promptly at 10.25 and rode up Dean Hill to South Brent. Here the coop provided us with a range of delicious cakes and other refreshments which we consumed in the park while Ash entertained us with some flips off the picnic table.

A spell of drizzle dampened our enthusiasm so we headed back towards Marley Head and took the lane towards Harbourneford. Then, unbelievably, Ash’s chain broke for the second week in a row. After another repair where a damaged link was removed we returned home via Harbourneford, getting back by 1.10.

There was a games social after the ride until 3.30 where most played Minecraft but John had a go at Age of Empires 2.

Today's ride involved a total climb of 281m.

Friday 14 December 2012
1800-2305
Social: Cinema Trip, The Hobbit
7 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Everyone was so eager to watch tonight’s massive movie that they arrived a quarter of an hour early, interrupting Michael’s mealtime. We called in to Tesco on the way to Plymouth so everyone could buy some refreshments, then we arrived at Vue by 6.45 as planned.

We were early enough to get excellent seats for the 7.30 showing in Screen 9 and everyone (except perhaps Callum who hadn’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies properly before) thought the movie was excellent. We got back to Buckfastleigh by 11.05.

Sunday 16 December 2012
1015-1235
Morning ride: Ashburton (7 mi)Chilly but bright with showers
6 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Will, George, John, Ash and Jack
Will, John, Ash, George and Jack on the Pridhamsleigh road
A very small flood on the Pridhamsleigh road
We had only reached Pridhamsleigh via the old Ashburton road when the first shower came. A small lake of water on the lane provided a bit of fun despite it not being especially deep. George wanted to go to the park as a minimum today, but soon after we arrived we got another shower that necessitated huddling under the shelter.

Clearly this was not going to be a day for a long ride so we headed home – George said, with great pride, he had been going so fast down the hill that he had been nearly as fast as a car!

We got back for soon after 12.30 and the youngsters entertained themselves on the computer network until 4.10 while Michael entertained his cousin who was visiting.

Today's ride involved a total climb of 143m.

Friday 21 December 2012
1900-2215
Social: Pool
7 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
For this evening’s social we drove to Plymouth and enjoyed several games of Pool at Tenpin. We got back in time for half an hour of computer games.

Sunday 23 December 2012
1015-1710
Day ride: Christmas Lunch, Ilsington (19 mi)Dry
7 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Christmas Lunch at the Ilsington Country Hotel
There was a dry interlude today from the recent spell of wet weather so we were actually able to cycle to the Christmas Lunch. Jack arrived with a puncture so we left rather late at 10.45 and rode to Bickington and up the lane to Ilsington. Michael wondered how easy George would find the ride but he needn’t have worried as we got to the Ilsington hotel by 12.20.

This gave us a clear hour to enjoy the private pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna and steam room, which of course everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The meal was excellent as usual, keeping us happy until 3.15 when we set off for home via Halshanger Cross and Ashburton. We got home by 5.10, feeling properly in the Christmas spirit.

Today's ride involved a total climb of 412m.

Friday 28 December 2012
1900-2215
Social: Grand Music Quiz
7 present: Julian Duquemin, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, Will Rogers
The youngsters started the evening with some PC games, then when Julian had arrived and had a good chat with Michael everyone gathered in the lounge at 9pm for our grand Christmas quiz.

Julian proved quite knowledgeable on the music rounds and won all of them even though it was him against the rest. He didn’t do so well on the movie themes however, so the youngsters won at least one round. We finished at 10.15 after an excellent evening.

Sunday 30 December 2012
1015-1335
Morning ride: Holne (9 mi)Showers
5 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Ash plastered in mud after riding the Slalom track in Hembury Woods
A shower at 10.25 prompted us to delay the start, giving Ash chance to fit the new off-road tyres that he had obtained from Gavin. It was dry by 11.05 and George wanted to go to Holne café, so we rode up via Scoriton and settled into the café to enjoy parsnip and curry soups and other tasty refreshments.

When another shower had been and gone we set off again for Hembury Woods where Ash tried the slalom track and came out at the bottom plastered in mud, much to John’s amusement. The photo says it all really. We got home for 1.35 where Ash took a much-needed shower and the others played games until 3pm.

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