Sunday, 9 November 2008

9 Nov: Day ride to Balsham and Stradishall

I went out with the all-day ride today and enjoyed a mild and really quite sunny day. A leisurely coffee at Joseph's in Balsham was followed by an equally leisurely lunch at the Stradishall Cafe, after which we all made our way home.

It was breezy all day and we had a headwind most of the way home, but it didn't seem too much of a problem from my vantage point tucked in behind Geoff's rear wheel.

I was back home by 3.15pm. Total mileage 47 miles.

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Sunday, 2 November 2008

2 Nov: Afternoon ride to Hauxton for our AGM

We left Brookside at 2.15pm as usual and headed out of Cambridge along the Barton Road, following the cycle track until it ended at Barton. After riding through the village we turned left and continued to Haslingfield. Just after passing Haslingfield Church we turned right and engaged bottom gear for the notorious Chapel Hill, one of the biggest hills in the Cambridge area. After reaching the top we freewheeled back down the other side to Barrington, enjoying fine views to the south as we descended. We then continued through Shepreth and Meldreth to Melbourn, the furthest point of today's ride.

From Melbourn we rode on through Fowlmere, Thriplow, Newton and the edge of Whittlesford before turning north again for the final few miles through Little Shelford to Hauxton, where we stopped for refreshments in the Village Hall. Here we were served with a substantial tea, courtesy of some local members.

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After tea we held our 2008 AGM and then returned more or less directly back to Cambridge. (Return route not shown above). Total mileage 28 miles.