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Wednesday Intermediates A Ride to Burnham Beeches

This was the ride done by the Intermediates ‘A’ group, for want of a better description; group participants were: Louise Gagnon, Alex  Nash, Neil Eason, John Child, Keith Ricketts (ride leader), Phil Gasson – one of our newest riders – welcome Phil! – Laurie Mutch and your scribe Mark Waters.

R0014061~tighterAn improving weather picture, forecast earlier in the week, for once met expectations: so we, who were lucky enough to be free to come out and ride today, were gifted a most glorious day – and make the most of it we did!

Chobham was the starting point and we were heading north to Buckinghamshire and Burnham Beeches, via Windsor, Eton, Datchet and Dorney, where we had elevenses at Bressingham Garden Centre.  You can find details of the ride here: http://www.strava.com/activities/141045372

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Lunch was taken at the White Horse in Hedgerley, just north of Farnham Common. Reasonably priced and nicely presented, with the added bonus of beer straight from the barrel. I enjoyed a pint of IPA from a local Marlow brewery. We even enjoyed the extra bonus of an ice cream on the return trip through Windsor.

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The ride was a pleasant 87kms long, with not much wind. Most of the ride was spent warning our fellow riders of imminent deadly potholes in their path and, as is usual in this direction, the roads weren’t quiet.

I shot quite a few photos, including a number of shots of people. I also played around with editing tools to give some of the shots an arty look – principally because the shots weren’t particularly exciting – possibly as a consequence of the scenery not being overly exciting, but a photographer shouldn’t blame his tools!

Some shots taken along the way….

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And now for some group shots!

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And finally a couple of ‘arty’ shots

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2 Comments
  1. Mark
    Thank you for sending me your marvelous report with lovely photos of our enjoyable trip to Burnham Beeches or was it just an excuse to get to The White Horse for a decent pint?
    I would also like to thank everyone for making me feel so very welcome on my first outing.
    As explained to some of you I am a cycling tourist and love visiting new places, staying in touch with surroundings and cycling at a comfortable speed where conversation can take place. Yesterday ticked all those boxes plus a few more. Consequently I’m very much looking forward to meeting up with everyone again.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Phil. You fitted in seamlessly and I’m sure I can speak for all when I say that we look forward to the next ride with you.

      I managed to slip in a plug for the British Cycle Quest (as is my wont!) and you seemed interested in finding out more; well click on this link and all will be revealed. I can recommend it vey highly but I’m slightly biased because I helped bring BCQ into existence a number of years ago. http://www.ctc.org.uk/british-cycle-quest

      Good wishes & see you soon

      Mark

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