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Sunday 30 June 1985
Afternoon ride: Ashprington
Dry / warm
10 Participants: Steven Bowles, Daniel Coles (13, Paignton), Jeremy Ford, Mark Gruit, Dayle Guy, Mark Hunt, Michael Jones, Luke Rake, Tim Whiteoak, Peter Willard
The eight from Buckfastleigh somehow managed to negotiate the Colston hills in record time, thereby keeping the three o’clock appointment with Steven and Daniel at Totnes Plains. The Dawlish Dawdlers, who had spent the day cycling along the Dart, arrived at Bow Bridge a minute before us for the second connection of the day, making numbers up to seventeen. At last there was a chance to relax.

The bridle path from Ashprington to Totnes proved interesting to say the least. Stinging nettles, stiles, steep tracks and fallen branches all conspired to impede out progress. The route was not without its rewards, however, which included some scenic views of the Home and Fleet Mill reaches of the river Dart.

All went smoothly until the track turned rough and Tim got a puncture. Repairs were hampered were hampered by Tim’s lack of spare tube and pump – the tune was a 26” Schrader. Fortunately other members of the group were able to supply the parts necessary to construct a suitable pump, and completion of the ride was then delayed only by a water fight – involving Alan and Steven of course.



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