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Friday 23 October 2015
1900-2300
Social: Nando's Plymouth
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Nando's turned out to be packed this evening, so we visited Pizza Hut instead and made very good use of our 2 for 1 voucher to get as much as we could eat for a very reasonable price. We concluded an enjoyable evening with some games of Pool at Tenpin.

Sunday 25 October 2015
1015-1300
Morning ride: Broadhempston (13 mi)Sunny but cool
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Will Rogers
Lawrence had promised to be out today but when we called for him he had been booked to cover for someone at work, so we had to make the best of riding with him only as far as Dart Bridge. Will had to be back for 12.45 so we chose a route that took us up Green Lane and along the short route to Broadhempston.

We bought refreshments in the community shop and ate them in the park. Here we were surprised to see that a new village hall had grown up in the land adjacent to the park since our last visit. It is due to open before Christmas and the villagers are really quite excited about it.

We returned via Staverton and Caddaford for 1pm.

Wednesday 28 October 2015
1915-2330
Social: Cinema Night: Spectre
4 present: Neil Ault, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Will Rogers
The new Bond movie provided top quality entertainment at a packed cinema screen. It was evidently packed everywhere else in the UK as well since the movie had the biggest opening weeked in UK history.

Friday 30 October 2015
1900-2215
Social: Halloween Special
0 present:
Unfortunately none of our members were available for tonight's Halloween special so the event was cancelled.

Sunday 1 November 2015
1015-1435
Morning ride: Avon Dam (13 mi)Dry with some sunny spells
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Climbing the final track to the reservoir (13:05)
The group by the Avon on the road from Shipley Bridge to the Avon reservoir (12:46)
The Avon reservoir from the rear (13:17)
Dillan first to arrive at the still waters of the Avon reservoir (13:09)
Stone skimming on the reservoir (13:22)
Negotiating the rough track along the side of the reservoir (13:19)
Lawrence discovers that some bogs are better avoided than cycled (14:00)
The Abbots Way track near Water Oak Corner (13:58)
Lawrence washes off the mud at the ford near Cross Furzes (14:20)
Lawrence still happy despite his mishap (14:00)
When Will was finally ready we set off for an adventurous ride up Dean Hill, fixing Dillan's puncture halfway up the climb. The sun came out from behind the cloud at times as we passed through Bloody Pool and was very encouraging while we ate ice creams at Shipley Bridge. John, who doesn't really enjoy tracks at the best of times, enquired about whether the moor would be boggy today. Michael replied truthfully that he didn't know, although later admitted that if he were to speculate he would imagine it would be quite boggy in places after the recent rains.

The private road along the Avon looked delightful today with the sunlight shining through the autumn leaves. Lawrence was telling us that he had recently been hiking on the moors with his cousin and that to the left of our road was more than 20 miles of barren moorland.

When we arrived at the reservoir, which today was still and calm, some moorland mist was settling around us. After some stone skimming at the back of the reservoir we had to negotiate some boggy sections on the way to the Abbots Way - not without its challenges as Will discovered when he got his new shoes soaked.

By the time we had reached the top of the hill there was thick mist all around, preventing us from seeing any of the fabulous views normally afforded from this location. We had one more boggy section to complete, just past Water Oak Corner: Lawrence found the first bit so easy he thought he would ride the second bit, but sadly his bike had other ideas and he ended up in the mud. He remained cheerful all the way home however, riding through the ford near Cross Furzes to get rid of the worst of the mud.

Thursday 5 November 2015
1830-2200
Social: Cinema Night And Bonfire Night
2 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
The rain cleared away during the afternoon to leave a perfect evening for the Bonfire Night celebrations at Plymouth. As usual the display was excellent.

Friday 6 November 2015
1900-2215
Social: Star Wars II
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
Tonight we viewed Star Wars Episode II in blu-ray, preparing us for the new Star Wars film coming out in December.

Sunday 8 November 2015
1015-1330
Morning ride: Converted to SocialDrizzle all morning, rain later
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Nat Salt
Provisional plans for a car-assisted ride to Haldon were abandoned at the start when the forecast cloud turned out to be rather thicker and wetter than predicted. It still hadn't stopped by 11.45 so we changed the ride to a badminton social at Ashmoor Recreation Centre followed by computer games at Crofters. Everyone seemed to have a great time, but we are of course hoping for better weather next week.

Thursday 12 November 2015
1930-2145
Social: Cinema Night
2 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
We'd actually watched Star Wars last night, so since there were only two of us we changed the social to a Tesco visit.

Friday 13 November 2015
1900-2215
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers
With two new graphics cards on the club PCs we spent much of the evening enjoying our new game Black Ops 3.

Sunday 15 November 2015
1015-1700
Morning ride: Converted to SocialRaining
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
We played games at Crofters and watched Star Wars until it was clear the rain wasn't going to stop, then we had a Movie Quiz until 12.30 and drove to Ivybridge for a badminton session. Unfortunately Dillan's racket didn't come back in the same shape that it went.

We concluded the day with computer games and another quiz.

Friday 20 November 2015
1900-2215
Social: Games social
2 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Report to follow.

Sunday 22 November 2015
1015-1445
Morning ride: HolneSunny, chilly start
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
Dillan and John at Michelcombe (13:07)
John and some of our cakes at the Scoriton Christmas Fayre (12:51)
This was a crisp sunny morning and we all recognised just how fabulous the countryside looked as we headed up past Hawson Court to Scoriton. Here we were pleased to see that our favourite dog Leo was out enjoying the sunshine, and he seemed very pleased to get some attention from us.

Dillan cleverly noticed that there was a Christmas Fayre on in Scoriton village hall, so we called in there and spent an enjoyable hour looking at the various stalls. There was a collection of original Star Wars VI drawings for sale as well as local produce and seasonal gifts. The café boasted soup and a roll for just £2 and some top notch cakes for only £1, so it's hardly surprising that we found a table and sampled the refreshments.

At Michelcombe Dillan remembered that he went here on his second ever ride, but this time he was really noticing the babbling brook and quaint old houses. We inspected the new equipment that had been installed in Holne Play Park, played with the Frisbee and then called in at the Holne Café for some more refreshments. It was so crowded, however, that we had to sit outside by ourselves while Dillan ate his second soup of the day.

We returned home via Hembury Hill: Dillan didn't much care for the potholes near the bottom or for the muddy stream that was running down the road, so we think he's going to need a bike with mudguards for Christmas!

Friday 27 November 2015
1900-2215
Social: Tesco Trip
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
Today was Black Friday so we popped into Tesco Lee Mill to pick up some good deals. On return to Crofters we concluded the evening with a mix of Star Wars and Black Ops 3.

Sunday 29 November 2015
1015-1630
Morning ride: Converted to socialDamp and windy
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers
With unpleasant weather dominating events we decided to visit Dartmeet by car for lunch and than return to Ivybridge Leisure Centre for some Squash and Badminton.

Friday 4 December 2015
1900-2215
Social: Games Evening
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Will Rogers
Another evening of computer games included more Worms Clan Wars as well as some Black Ops.

Sunday 6 December 2015
1015-1640
Morning ride: Converted to SocialRain
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers, Will Rogers
More miserable weather prompted us to arrange a badminton social at Ashmoor today. During the afternoon we played computer games, including Worms Clan Wars.

Friday 11 December 2015
1900-2215
Social: Games Evening
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Will Rogers, Nat Salt
Worms Clan Wars formed the main entertainment for this evening's social at Crofters.

Sunday 13 December 2015
1015-1605
Day ride: TotnesDry but cloudy
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
The cycle path from Cider Press Centre to the Dartington Hall Road (14:36)
The group enjoying Frisbee in a rather muddy Totnes Park (14:06)
The group near Riverford Farm (15:42)
This ride took far longer than intended for a variety of reasons, but it was great to be out cycling again for the first Sunday in three weeks. We rode along Colston Road and down the cycle path to the Cider Press Centre at Dartington, where Christmas decorations did not appear to be quite up to the usual standards. We pressed on along the cycle path to Totnes, passing the nearly completed HEP station by the weir along the way.

Morrisons had been selected as the restaurant of choice in view of the excellent value for money, but today our orders took over half an hour to be brought to our table. They forgot John's Ploughman’s altogether, so he got a free dessert by way of an apology. The food was very tasty however so we didn't really feel the need to complain.

Returning past the park there was a short delay while the youngsters played with the Frisbee, then we retraced our tyre tracks back to the Cider Press Centre. On the Dartington Hall road Lawrence got a puncture, but instead of continuing onwards to tell us he stopped at the back with Will and held his finger over the hole to stop it going down! He was still there when Michael finally noticed his absence and returned. Reluctantly he rode the bike on to the relative quietness of the cycle path where we removed the thorn and discovered that his tubes contained a self-sealing compound, so there was no longer any hole to fix!

There was another delay when George managed to damage Will's mudguard at the top of the path, so when that had been repaired and we had ridden the final leg through Staverton and Caddaford it was close to darkness when we finally returned home for games at Crofters.

Friday 18 December 2015
1900-2215
Social: Give us a Clue
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Our seasonally-themed charades evening turned out to be far more fun that the youngsters had imagined, so I expect they'll want another one very soon. Dillan and Will tied for first place but everyone got high scores.

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