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Sunday 18 September 2016
0930-1630
Day ride: Cancelled (40 mi)
0 present:
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Friday 23 September 2016
1900-2230
Evening ride: Staverton
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, George Rogers
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Sunday 25 September 2016
1015-1330
Morning ride: Landscove
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
Ware Lane, between High Beara and Dart Bridge (12:52)
Dillan and John near Baddaford (12:36)
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Friday 30 September 2016
1900-2230
Evening ride: Holne
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, George Rogers, John Rogers
Returning home from Holne (20:43)
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Sunday 2 October 2016
1015-1330
Morning ride: Totnes
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
The new HEP station at Totnes Weir (11:46)
A rather expensive wooden "caravan" on display at The Cider Press Centre, Dartington (11:32)
Totnes Weir (11:47)
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Friday 7 October 2016Social: Cancelled
0 present:
This evening's social was cancelled as Michael was away

Sunday 9 October 2016Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
Today's ride was cancelled as Michael was away.

Friday 14 October 2016
1900-2215
Social: Pizza Hut
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
This evening we drove to Pizza Hut at Barbican, Plymouth since everyone wanted to go. We got some good deals and our pizza and desserts kept us occupied there for the whole evening.

Sunday 16 October 2016
1015-1330
Morning ride: Totnes Food Fair
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers, Will Rogers
John and Dillan at Totnes food fair (13:12)
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Friday 21 October 2016
1900-2215
Social: Indoor Games
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
We started the evening with Will and Dillan playing chess. Will won that game, then we all started what was a new game for most of the group - Risk. We used to play this at club socials in the 1990s, and today a new generation of club members discovered the fun of the game. We didn't finish the game of course but we took a photo of the board so we can continue it on another occasion.

Sunday 23 October 2016
1015-1530
Day ride: Costa, Newton Abbot (24 mi)Cloudy and breezy but dry
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson
Abham (15:10)
Gavin needed to get some new SPD pedals from BigPeaks at Ashburton. We have long thought of making a special visit to our nearest Costa coffee shop at Newton Abbot, so today we decided to make that our destination. We took the main road through Bickington at high speed and got to the café at around 12.20.

When we had finished our cakes and coffee we headed along the main road to Ipplepen where we stopped at Fermoys for lunch - today we really did feel like the Café To Café club (CTC).

Our return route took us back through Ipplepen and Ambrook to Staverton and Caddaford, bringing us home for 3.30.

Friday 28 October 2016
1900-2215
Social: Risk
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers
A massive Risk game kept us occupied for the whole evening. We didn't quite finish the game and there was no clear winner by the end, but we had great fun along the way.

Sunday 30 October 2016
1015-1600
Day ride: Avon Railway, Loddiswell (28 mi)Dry with sunny spells
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
Excellent soup at the Avon Mill café, Loddiswell (12:50)
Lunch in the Avon Mill café, Loddiswell (12:48)
John, George & Dillan at the entrance to the Avon Mill Garden Centre, Loddiswell (13:29)
Cakes & desserts outside the Avon Mill café, Loddiswell (13:14)
Bridge over the Avon near the Avon Mill Garden Centre (13:33)
John, Dillan, George and Michael at the Avon Mill Garden Centre (13:30)
Bridge over the Avon near the Avon Mill Garden Centre (13:33)
Bridge over the Avon near the Avon Mill Garden Centre (13:33)
The Avon Railway path (13:45)
Entrance to the Avon Railway path at the old Loddiswell station (13:38)
A fallen tree makes the going more difficult on the Avon Railway path (13:58)
Dillan on the Avon Railway path (13:55)
Nearing the road at Topsham Bridge (14:05)
Our return to setting provisional destinations for Sunday rides got off to a good start as four of us set off from Buckfastleigh at 10.35 in cloudy but dry conditions. We rode through Harbourneford to South Brent and then took a Google Maps shortcut to the Sign of the Owl pet centre near Wrangaton before heading along the B-road to California Cross. The sun broke through now from time to time, and we made good progress to Loddiswell. The Chilli Farm café looked interesting but we had set our mind on Avon Mill.

We arrived by around 12.20 and quickly settled into the café for very tasty but expensive soups and snacks. We then moved upstairs to the balcony for the second course, enjoying coffee cake and lemon meringue pie in the early afternoon sunshine.

The return route proved far more interesting and varied. We rode up to the old Loddiswell railway station and joined the path the follows the old railway line to Topsham Bridge. It’s been a few years since we last rode this path and we were pleased to discover that there are now no obstructions, apart from a fallen tree that required a small deviation. As we emerged at the far end John commented that the path was “all right”, high praise indeed from someone who is not a fan off off-road.

We were back on the South Hams lanes for the final part of the ride, taking us through Moreleigh and past Diptford. As we rode down the hill towards the solar farm we had to stop for three huge trailers carrying old tractors. John thought they had probably come from a ploughing match, and when we met two more between the viaduct and South Brent it looked like he was spot on. We finally found the entrance near the A38 junction at the top of Dean hill, with several horse boxes leaving the event.

We got home by 4pm after taking the short-cut down the A38. It had been a good ride, so we hope to set provisional destinations for most of our future rides.

Friday 4 November 2016
1900-2215
Social: Games Evening
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
The end point of our game of Risk (22:36)
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Sunday 6 November 2016
1015-1530
Morning ride: Bovey Tracey
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
New Park, Bovey Tracey (13:05)
Brookside Tearooms, Bovey Tracey (12:56)
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Friday 11 November 2016
1900-2215
Social: Games Evening
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers
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Sunday 13 November 2016
1015-1700
Day ride (Car-assisted): Exeter Ship Canal
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Harry Pearson (1, Totnes), Hayley Russell (Junior, Totnes)
Harry Pearson makes his first appearance on a club ride (12:15)
Unloading the bikes in Marsh Green Road, Exeter (12:15)
Approaching Turf Lock (13:03)
Approaching Turf Lock (13:02)
Preparing to leave Powderham café (15:07)
The new bridge over the railway near Powderham (13:17)
Deer near the path to Powderham Lodge (15:10)
Preparing to leave Powderham café (15:07)
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Friday 18 November 2016
1000-2215
Social: Games Evening
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
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Sunday 20 November 2016
1015-1515
Day ride: Kingsteignton
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
East Ogwell (13:49)
Costa, Kingsteignton (12:10)
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Friday 25 November 2016
1900-2215
Social: Games & Video Evening
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
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