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Friday 6 September 2013
1900-2200
Social: Pool
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Will Rogers
The youngsters decided on a trip out this evening, so we drove to Plymouth and played a few games of Pool in TenPin.

(We do not have an accurate list of the members who took part in this evening, so please let us know if we have it wrong.)

Sunday 8 September 2013
1015-1320
Morning ride: Holne (10 mi)Mainly dry
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, John Rogers, Will Rogers
We rode the track through Burchett's Wood today: it was a little muddy after Friday's rain but wasn't as bad as we had expected. We took the steep climb to Ridgely Cross and after a café stop at Holne introduced John and Will to the Langaford track. The track starts smooth and level but gradually gets steeper and rockier as you go down. By the time they reached the bottom they didn't have many good things to say about it.

We returned via Hawson Court by 1.20.

Friday 13 September 2013
1900-2205
Social: Supreme Commander
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, Will Rogers
It was raining tonight and everyone wanted to stay in to play a massive team game of Supreme Commander. We had three teams of two: Lawrence and Will both tried nuking Ash and Mike but they just had too many defences up to get through.

Sunday 15 September 2013
1015-1320
Morning ride: Landscove (8 mi)Cloudy
6 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers, Sam Swift
Sam, John and Will enjoying refreshments
Ash and his chocolate cake
Hillside garden centre, Landscove
The forecast was for rain this afternoon and some of our youngsters seemed terrified of the prospect of getting even a single drop of rain on them, but eventually Michael persuaded them to do a shorter than usual ride to Landscove via Green Lane. We called in at the Hillside garden centre café where we had enormous slices of cake and spent some time afterwards playing with the frisbee in the gardens. We returned home for 1.20, well before the rain began.

Friday 20 September 2013Social: Games Evening
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, Will Rogers
Tonight we had a huge multiplayer game of Supreme Commander. It was Ash and Mike against the kids, and just for a change the kids won (Lawrence had been practicing!)

Sunday 22 September 2013
1015-1258
Morning ride: Holne (10 mi)Cloudy but dry, quite warm
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Callum, Lawence, Will and John in Holne Woods
We rode out along the old Ashburton road and on to River Dart Country Park where, for the first time, we were actually questioned at the gate! There was no problem of course, so we rode through the park and then up the track through Holne Woods to Holne where we enjoyed refreshments in the café. We returned home via Hawson Court.

Sunday 29 September 2013
1015-1215
Morning ride: Coombe (7 mi)Cloudy but dry
7 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Michael had difficulty persuading the younger riders to cycle at all today in view of the overnight rain and threatening clouds, but in the end we enjoyed a shortened ride up to Cross Furzes and then on to Coombe. Will got a puncture at Hawson Court which was fixed hastily to enable a return home by 12.15.

Friday 4 October 2013Social: Supreme Commander
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, Will Rogers
Tonight we took part in a massive team battle on Supreme Commander, with Ash and Michael against the rest. Alliances were built and broken during the game, but eventually Ash and Michael emerged victorious.

Sunday 6 October 2013Day ride (Car-assisted): Plym Valley Cycleway (13 mi)Dry with sunny spells, quite warm
7 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Jack Parnell, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Ash entertaining the crowd
Relaxing at the Clearbrook end of the cycle path
One of the viaducts on the Plym Valley cycleway
By the time Jack had been persuaded to join us it was 11.25 when we finally set off for Plympton and parked near Coypool. The cycle path was quite busy as we set off.

What Michael and John really wanted was a good cup of coffee. We passed three coffee establishments near the start in the hope that there would be something a little nearer the centre or end of the path, but we were disappointed: we didn't get even a whiff of coffee for the rest of the journey. Clearly the Plym Valley path is not as well served as other popular cycle routes like the Camel trail. The going was nice and flat however with some excellent views, so everyone enjoyed the ride.

We reached Clearbrook at the far end of the path by around 12.55. Michael was sure there would be a café or refreshment van here at least, but there was still nothing. We were forced to order light refreshments in the garden of the Skylark pub, which was very much overpriced and not at all what we wanted. It's about time someone stepped in to fill the need for a café at Clearbrook.

We headed back to Plympton at a good speed as it was all vaguely downhill in this direction. Now there was a huge queue at the really nice coffee van, so Michael finally gave up and returned to the car park. The youngsters made do with bacon sandwiches at the B&Q takeaway.

This had been an excellent ride, and everyone was looking forward to another car-assisted ride next Sunday.

Friday 11 October 2013Social: Badminton
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, George Rogers
Lawrence entertained some with his new Minecraft server, then we moved to Ashmoor gym for a badminton session from 8.40-9.40.

Sunday 13 October 2013
1015-1630
Day ride (Car-assisted): Exeter Ship Canal (20 mi)Sunny spells, then rain from 3pm
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Turf Lock hotel, on the Exeter Ship canal
The forecast was dry until mid-afternoon so we decided to press ahead with our planned ride to Exeter. We used two cars to take us to Starcross, then rode past Powderham castle where the deer herd was not far from the road. We had soon crossed the new level crossing gates over the main railway line and were riding up the path that runs along the Exe estuary.

John had never explored this area before, so he and the boys found it very interesting as we passed the Turf Lock hotel and joined the canal path. We soon crossed the canal bridge at Countess Weir and continued on through the River Exe Country Park towards the centre of Exeter. Here John found a new part of Exeter that he never knew existed, and it certainly changed his opinion of the city - the quayside area is a delight for cyclists and walkers alike.

We called in at our planned lunch stop - Pizza Hut - at 1pm and ordered four large pizzas for the price of two thanks to Michael's discount voucher. They were excellent of course and we had several spare slices to take home. The staff kindly boxed up John's pieces, but when he found the box was too large for his pannier rack Michael took it back to swap for two smaller boxes. This time they just gave Michael the boxes and suggested he transferred the slices at the counter. While he was doing this another member of staff knocked the box onto the floor while answering the phone, ruining two of the slices! There was no apology and no refund, so that was that. Fortunately service is usually much better.

It was getting colder and darker now, but we did the usual fifteen minute circuit of the riverside recreation ground and then started the journey back to Starcross as the first spots of rain began to fall. It gradually turned into light rain by the time we reached the car, but nobody complained as we had made the best of the good weather with an excellent ride.

Friday 18 October 2013Social: Games evening
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Will Rogers
Computer games kept everyone happy this evening.

Sunday 20 October 2013Morning ride: CancelledHeavy showers
4 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell
Heavy rain overnight had been replaced by heavy showers at the start of the ride. We decided to cancel the ride and run a badminton social at Ashmoor, whereupon Ash rang Callum and managed to persuade him to join us as well.

Friday 25 October 2013Social: Games and quizzes
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, George Rogers, Will Rogers
The evening started with some games of Supreme Commander, went through a Nintendo 3DS phase and ended with some music quizzes.

Sunday 27 October 2013
1015-1310
Morning ride: Dartington (12 mi)Blustery but mainly dry
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, John Rogers, Will Rogers, Alastair Shapland
Lawrence and Callum inside the Venus café
Outside the Venus café at Dartington Cider Press Centre
Caddaford hill
Michael got a call from Callum at 9am saying he had no brakes. The result of this was that Michael ended up taking Callum to BigPeaks to get some new disc brake pads and just got back in time to find everyone waiting to start.

We followed our usual route to Dartington, via Colston Road and the cycle path. The youngsters were thoroughly enjoying the strong winds.

After enjoying great food at the Venus café (the coffee cake was amazing according to Michael) we returned via Staverton and Caddaford.

Friday 8 November 2013Social: Supermarket Special
4 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien
After playing a few games our youngsters thought it would be a good idea to visit Tesco to buy some copies of the new game CoD Ghosts. When we got there the staff searched hard but could not find any discs to go with the boxes on the shelf, so we had to content ourselves with buying some snacks and headed home for a few more games.

Sunday 10 November 2013Morning ride: CancelledSunny but chilly
2 present: Lawrence Buttress, Michael Jones
Lawrence made the effort to come up for the ride, but when he realised there were only two of us he thought it would be more fun to have a games social. Michael takes the view that events should be organised to suit members' wishes, so a games social was arranged that kept us happy all morning.

Sunday 17 November 2013
1015-1345
Morning ride: Chalk Ford (8 mi)Dry with sunny spells
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Will Rogers
Ready for the moorland downhill to Chalk Ford
Will tackles the track from Lud Gate to Chalk Ford
Ash was late, and since everyone else was happy to try out CoD Ghosts on the PCs while they waited it was 11.35 before we finally set off up the hill to Cross Furzes. We were all fast today however and reached the top in record time. We continued to Hayford Hall and then took the track to Lud Gate. From there it was open moorland down to Chalk Ford which of course everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

We returned home via the track to Scoriton.

Friday 22 November 2013Social: Games and quizzes
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Jack Parnell

Sunday 24 November 2013Morning ride: CancelledDry but chilly
1 present: Michael Jones
Nobody came for today's ride so it was cancelled.

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