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  2. Today social member Mick Meacham has a birthday. Many happy returns of the day Mick. Best wishes from Chris and Hilary.
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  4. Well, there were eight of us out this morning. ( One was a guest, Dougie Pinkerton ). We decided to keep close-ish to home, because of the threat of rain, so we ended up at Worcester Country Park. It turned out to be a lot warmer than we thought and no rain, an’t that just our luck ! Any way on the way home it did rain, but not too bad. And this week’s riders :- Bev A. Kevin R. Chris T. Ken H. Leigh F. Roger B. John S. and Dougie P. 🚲
  5. Where did you go? I went out at 9-30 got back at12-00 just before it rained No need for a rain dance this week I hope your boxes are waterproof Barry The electric wheel is getting closer........try half wheeling that....... HEE....HEE....
  6. The weatherman said its raining (but not on me!! So) I'm not complaining ..... sung to the tune of the Weatherman said its raining ..... what a coincidence eh!! Thanks to John for the back wheel and route as ever.
  7. Thank you Barry, you're too kind, and very generous especially coming from a Lancastrian All the best and keep in touch re house progress.
  8. Thanks Tony, brilliant, enjoyed reading your post i cant bear the thought of it. Regarding the half wheeling stakes, i don't half wheel, as Dave Mortimer would say i just have a longer bike than others!! Likewise, looking forward to a return with you in the peloton to give me a kicking, it might make me sleep at night. Remember Tony it was you who first introduced me to the Thursday group, when i was making a comeback to cycling after a 40 year break from cycling and racing in the North West, that was 10 years ago. I was riding on my own when you came alongside and suggested that i should come to Tardebigge at 10am on a Thursday. I've enjoyed it ever since and met several good like minded people in the Midlands, all thanks to a brief encounter with you on the bike.
  9. Hope to see you at Tardebigge .Must remember to take wet wear. Chris is hoping to come as well.
  10. Barry, I wish you well in your pump manning (hand or floor variety). As you know I have been through similar shenanigans over the past 18 months. Any advice I can give you will be based on still having a garage full of boxes, full of I don't know what, but you have my sympathy. I'll look forward to your eventual return to the even more senior ranks, in the hope that I will have recovered enough fitness to give you at least one kicking in the half wheeling stakes PS I didn't know a bike had an upside chain? Does it connect the top tube to the bottom bracket?
  11. I don't want to see Ivor doing another rain dance. But seriously, completion of my move is imminent, it's all hands to the pump! It may be quite a while before i'm back in the saddle. My upside chain collapsed and we are having to rent a property for 6 months which means putting the contents of a bucket into a pint pot and a lot of hard work with 2 moves instead of 1 . Enjoy your summer cycling. It's long holidays in warmer climates for me whilst in temporary accommodation and then i will training hard to keep up with "others" on electric wheels. Best wishes Barry
  12. With the weather the way it has been, I suggest that we make our minds up where to go in the morning. Hopefully we will know what it is going to do. 9:30 Tardebigge. πŸ€žπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸ½
  13. Happy birthday Kevin, and many happy returns. Ann and John. 🍰
  14. Today rider Kevin Rodgers has a birthday. Many happy returns of the day Kevin. Best wishes from Chris and Hilary.
  15. I can see that Leigh has beaten me to it! Many happy returns of the day Chris. Best wishes from Chris and Hilary.
  16. Happy birthday Chris, and many happy returns. Ann and John. πŸŽ‚
  17. Happy Birthday to Chris Kent today. Hope you have a great day.
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  19. Me make good rain dance Make food grow
  20. Got home dry but exhausted .Overtook a cyclist on the way and was feeling chuffed until he told me he was recovering from open heart surgery which rather spoilt the feeling of achievement) Washed up etc 1hr plus (with Chris's valuable help) Cut the lawns ,did some gardening then collapsed onto the bed .... Further to our breaktime discussion on the origin of sayings ...Hoist by his own petard.. The phrase's meaning is literally that the bomb-maker (a "petard" is a small explosive device) is blown up ("hoisted" off the ground) by his own bomb, and indicates an ironic reversal, or poetic justice. I knew you were dying to have the puzzle solved.
  21. Seniors included Chris, Ken, Ivor and me, Destination Twisted Spoon. The Place was packed but a young man found a table because we were Oldies. The usual good food, Chris moderated i think he is enjoying Sunday lunch at Leigh's too much ! Got as far as Droitwich on the return and the rain started in earnest, to say the least b- - -dy soaked .Chris was the wise one, he went east from the cafe and retraced his tracks, he will no doubt say, what rain, in future we ignore Ivor he can't read clouds, particularly black ones moving West to East slowly ! The roads in Barnt Green were dry! and five minutes after i arrived home the Sun came out and dried all my clothes, including base layers, i think that's what is known as s- - -s law, but good company and ride. The unofficial Seniors press officer 😳 getting good John even an Emoji, worth 2 points?
  22. Seven of us got to coffee 1, at Pershore, the tea, tea cakes and the mickey taking were all very good. I must say that, all but for a few spots, it didn’t rain on us, however, it must have rained in Bromsgrove and the surrounding area because the roads where awash, I got home soaked again, but only from spray off the wheels. And today in our gang:- Mick H. Chris T. Bev A. Moira B. Leigh F. Kevin Y. John S. 🚲
  23. Coffee 2 . Portuguese tart poss almond croissant . Apart from having to cycle there sounds like a good plan.
  24. 9-30 at Tardebigge
  25. Yes fingers crossed weather will be good in the morning see you at TB x
  26. Pershore, fingers crossed for the weather. 9:30 Tardebigge. πŸš΄πŸ½πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ
  27. Set of for Malvern 7:15 Tess, Lottie our new member plus me. Sky grey and heavy looking. I would be riding the 100 mile Epic route. Lottie had decided as this would be her 1st sportive and 1st ever ride and upon a new bike. Would try the 100K standard route for a challenge. This turned out to be rather difficult especially with the Malvern climb in the middle plus the other ups and downs before and after. With Tess's support and company I'm please to report that she completed the route even surviving the down pour in the middle. Didn't get so many picture this week, rather difficult getting the camera out of pocket from under the Gilet plus the heavy rain down pour. Our new girl Lottie preparing herself for the ride. Lining up for the start Tess in the White top. I think this guy was a little slimmer by the time he got back. Lottie having thoughts about what she's getting into. The three of us ready to go. The point on the road where I left the ladies to complete the 100 mile route. A few pic's of the approach to the West Malvern climb with the rain about to start. Feed stop after 50 Miles not far from Eastnor Castle by this time it was raining rather heavily. Managed to latch on to a fast moving group of riders from Drotwich to cover the last 25 miles in one hour. They went under the name of TTNCC. Or the Tuesday and Thursday Night Cycling Club. Pleased to say the weather cleared up and got warmer for the last couple of hours of the ride. Court up with the girls back at the Malvern Show Ground to have a well deserved bacon bap before popping into the local for a couple of pints. WOULD ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO JOIN US ON THE NEXT ADVENTURE ?
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