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  1. Yes what a grey day. After leaving home in the rain it turned to drizzle by the time I met Roger, We set off over the Lickeys for Tardibegge hoping it would clear up. (Wishful thinking.) and continue to Fladbury etc. Unfortunately the rain got worse and by Priest Bridge we put rain tops on. At the junction we turned right and right again to head for Droitwich and home. Along the way it eased off so tops off but still drizzle in the air. Pity we didn't head in the direction of Philpott Towers before turning for home to find refuse. Still non stop saved cooling down then trying to get going again as the temperature didn't get above 10 degs. Third time lucky then Moira?
  2. Headed straight out via Redditch to catch the club at Blackminster. Decided to ride as far as Honeybourne then turn across to the cafe. Just before Honeybourne some great views towards the Cotswold under blue skys. I hope they're not locked up here and have been let out for the day. As usual they've arrived at the cafe early and enjoyed much tea and food. Now to sort out bikes and set of for home. Hiller's looks tempting. Don't look just push on. Looks like a brave lady coming the other way near the Wheelbarrow & Castle. That's a retro top or could it be Eddy Merckx Lost control of the camera. Moira's favourite climb back to Tardebigge. Oophs A bit of green to finish. Another great day in the saddle.
  3. Set off alone today as Roger is in Cyprus sunning himself and Tess was riding a cyclocross near Fillongley. Fortunately caught up with Ivor near Dodford and continue down the lane together to Droitwich. A few more pictures of our garden party. A very pleasant ride home with the wind behind us. Over looking Frankley I could see a very black cloud with a rainbow in front of me but with a little more effort and speed managed to reach home before the heavens opened up.
  4. Although I didn't make the Tommy Godwin this year. I did make it to John's on the night for the after ride Chinese. Plus a catch up with Alan T. Mick M and co. for the past year. Having demolished the Chinese takeaway, for afters John brought out his famous fruit cake. As you can see it was enjoyed by all.
  5. Sorry a little slow transferring the pic's today. As Moira said another great stop. And what a good turn out of Saracen colours. Ivor the survivor seems to be turning up further and further out then turning up the motor on the way home. Great to see Tim out again another turning up the power on the way hoe. Out alone today Billy no mates Roger on the sick and Tess looking after the sick. Got my timing right though and made the cafe before the rush.
  6. Our trio headed out in a similar direction but knowing we would only get to Long Marston as you were leaving turned of to Little Alne. The cafe there has now reopened well worth a visit. A good show of Saracen colours, we also all had club tops on.
  7. YES didn't quite get the timing right this week. As we pulled in John and co. were ready to leave. This also meant we missed the birthday treat Barry had brought the others. The cafe was busy but we had a chat with a couple of senior guys who'd ridden out from Stratford. After spending an hour to finish refreshments we set of for home. As we got to the Feckenham area the sun broke through for a few mins and warmed us little. !4 degs most of the day rather a big drop from the other week of 30 plus. Lets hope the summer returns soon.
  8. Yes Roger and I got our skates on this morning and made it to the cafe before John's party had finish teas. As John said the place had been tidied up and table clothes were laid. It was nice to have some extra company to ride back with, it's been a long time since we last got together. It makes a good change to ride over Kinver direction albeit a little up and down. Moira looks in good form. Nice to meet Julie our newest member, welcome to the Saracen RC. The usual struggle of Kinver Hill. Pity the sun wasn't out but nice being a little cooler.
  9. No need to bother with gilet, or wet weather gear today. Sun hat, tanning cream and plenty of water. Tess O rolling up at 10 ready for a long day in the sun. Set of in the same direction as John and co. out from Tardebigge, having rounded the golf coarse spotted Ivor going home in the opposite direction. He must have been up early to get his miles up in the hundreds for the week. We took the route to Fladbury and Charlton where we continued on in the Broadway direction. Meeting the Cheltenham we turned right then took the second left turn heading in the Winchcombe direction. Roger looks in good form with Tess hanging on. First sight of the Cotswold ahead having ridden mainly on flat roads. Reaching Toddington we went straight on to do a little climbing op Stanway hill. Past the GWR railway centre the climb wasn't far ahead. Roger and i waited for Tess to arrive at the top. She didn't take long plus a following car. Left turn at the top just a little more uphill to the top. Now for that rewarding ride across the top heading for Chipping Camden and the cafe. Along the way stopped to photograph the stunning fields of the lavender farm. Like John and Co. much to warm outside to sit in the sun. Crossing by the Lavender farm the Garmin did go just above 32 degs. Now for the return trip. Chipping Camden is still very quiet. Oops. By the time we reached Ullenhall Tess needed to give her feet a rest. I don't think she's crying ? Having decided earlier not to go into Purity brewery thinking we would never get back we made the Peacock for a well earned pint to finish the day of. We all enjoyed a rather testing Tour of the Cotswold.
  10. Set of with Roger B and Tess O to fit some extra summer miles while the weather was ideal for biking. Headed out straight down the A38 for Driotwich then swung right for Ombersley and Holt Fleet. turned left at Holt Heath heading for Hallow where we turned right and made our way to Leigh Sinton. Top of a hill in the lanes we caught sight of my destination where Tess had to stop and take a picture in disbelief. Took the long climb up to West Malvern then along the Main Road through Malvern Wells before dropping of the side and heading to Upton upon Severn. We zoomed past the Marina without stopping. We made our way to Defford for refreshment so that we would have a shorter ride home. Roger is looking a little tired. Steeds at the ready only 30 miles to go fortunately the wind was with us all the way home. A good days riding by all.
  11. Roger and I met up as usual cloudy but no rain about. Set of in Earlswood direction fairly warm with occasional sun pocking through. Continued on to Five Ways Claverdon and Fenn End still no rain about. Turned for home via Knowle and on towards Earlswood we felt a few spots in the air so decided to stop for tea and cake at Wedges but the rain never came. After refreshments continue trip home not a drop of rain fell. It must be true the sun shines on the righteous and it always rains around Bromsgrove.
  12. Hi Ivor didn't spot the jersey but Mick McClure lives in that area, it was probably him.
  13. As my fellow riders couldn't face a ride in the rain to start the day, I set of for a short ride to meet up with the usual old faces at The Swan Chaddersley Corbett for a late 2020 Boozers run or an early 2021 run. Having sorted out the winter and wet weather gear the first 10 mile or so was rather damp but after passing Hanbury Hall the roads dried out and a few layers were removed. On arrival at the pub I found our advanced party had already taken one of the drinking pods. Good to have Ken H back out with us today. A face from the past one of the strongest and most aggressive riders in our area, John Patson. Ivor out again getting more miles in. A few more familiar faces. A very pleasant afternoon catching with the last two years we've missed. Much better riding home in the light rather than the cold and dark of Christmas.
  14. Having met Roger we headed of to The Decades Cafe Mickleton. As we didn't set of till 10 oclock wouldn't be able to reach Blackminster before you left for home. So the summer has arrived albeit a little warm nice to have the sun out and little wind about. Our ride out took in Ullenhall, Great Alne and Welford. We arrived at the cafe about 12 ish. at the bottom of the Cotswolds, not ready to climb up there yet. We found a corner ready to have a welcome cuppa and a snack. Stretch out the legs ant try to improve the tan. We were advised that the home made sausage rolls were the thing to have. We weren't disappointed. The return route was via Bidford and the usual roads up to Tardebigge. We both felt well cooked by the time we climbed back over the Lickey's. But what a great change to be riding in shorts and summer tops again.
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