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Sunday 9 June 1985
Day ride: Moretonhampstead
Wet start, windy
8 Participants: Simon Birtles, Steph Crutchley-Iles, John Iles, Michael Jones, Paul Palmer, Raymond Parkin, Marc Thorp, Paul Willard
We set off to a damp start, well clad in waterproofs, but before we got to Ashburton some of those were being shed. As we were pushed for time to get to Bovey Tracey to our meeting with the Torbay and Exeter groups we scooted down the A38.

Cycling out of Bovey Tracey we had to dodge numerous sweaty marathon runners (what an exhausting way to spend a day!). Steph was halted for a short time by a broken spoke and buckled wheel but this was expertly mended in a jiffy by our genius mechanic (grovel!) Mr Jones.

After a long push up the hill from Slade Cross the going became slightly easier by the reservoirs. We stopped for a cold and breezy lunch near Blackingstone Rock before descending to Moretonhampstead for tea and thawing out.

The return journey was through Lustleigh, and on the outskirts of Bovey we cycled alongside a well-preserved section of the granite tramway from Haytor. At Blackpool flyover a quick detour was made to inspect the Bluebell Railway, recently moved from Buckfastleigh, before returning home via Bickington and the dreaded A38 again.
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