It was nice meeting you too. It's a pity that you couldn't do more of the ride. It wasn't really possible to say much on the towpath out towards Dunham and then we had that torrential rain shower as soon as we got to the road!Was a pleasure meeting you all.
Ah, there were a few places where there was an awful lot of gravel, twigs etc. in the road. We had to be careful on descents, especially going into tight bends. It would have been very easy to have come a cropper on the slippery stuff.Mini tornado on this manor on Friday.
Hope you avoided the debris.
Yes, I hope to be tackling SoM again in October, but watch out for another local ride opportunity for you in August!Colin’s rides are stuff of legend so I hope to be out with him soon..... Season of the Mists Audax maybe ?
Nice meeting you again, after seeing you on nickyboy's Llandudno ride earlier in the year.My first Colin ride but definitely not my last, a good route, good café and good company.
Ha ha - I think that is a personality thing... Guy is clearly a 'glass half full' person. I look at a half full glass and think 'Blimey, there is hardly anything left in the glass'! I would have described the weather yesterday as cloudy and wet for the first half, dry with sunny spells for the second half, and a nagging wind all day that hindered more than it helped.Excellent day out, weather was mostly dry.
Ah, a fellow 'rapidly-emptying glass' rider!I've missed the last few Colin rides for various reasons, but we seem to get more than our fair share of rain on the ones I have done.
And big thanks to you for the all-day veggie breakfast that you treated to me to at the cafe stop!Big thanks to Colin for the organising the ride.
It is great to see you riding again but when behind you, I could see the funny angle that your right foot now assumes when you are pedalling. Take it easy so you don't strain it - i.e. wait a year or two before resuming your multi-metric century a week efforts!I'm just glad to be back on my bike after tearing my right ankle ligaments last year.
We sheltered under some trees during one downpour and when we set off again we spotted the other riders sheltering further up the road. I would be terrified riding one of those bikes on those roads - the road surface is very poor in places and there are lots of little ups and downs. Hitting a pothole on a penny farthing ... *shudder*I do hope those penny farthing riders stayed upright all day...........
It does take a fair amount of time and energy, but it is worth it when people turn out and enjoy the rides. I do get a bit discouraged when there is no interest.
This was yet another fantastic ride and day out on the bikes. You are so right Steve (@skudupnorth, @ColinJ rides and routes are total masterclass. Many thanks Colin for all the effort and planning you put into it.
It was great company, banter, and scenery. Good to meet Peter (@Domus) and ride with him for the first time and always a pleasure to ride with Guy (@GuyBoden) too. Also good to meet @Katherine and @Vantage for the first time who rode the initial 15 miles from Walkden to Dunham with Colin and me where we met Guy and Peter. We had 3 separate periods of heavy showers in the morning but it didn't detract from our enjoyment at all. We soon dried out when the afternoon sun came out.Thankfully, no recurrence of the 'mini tornado' that @Pale Rider referred to but come to think of it there were a few fallen branches across some of the quiet lanes.
A few pics attached of our lunch stop (waiting for the food to arrive). From left to right @ColinJ, @Domus and @GuyBoden. Sorry none that include @Katherine and @Vantage who rode the first 15 miles with Colin and me. There wasn't really the opportunity for a photo shoot in that stretch as the Roe Green cycleway and towpath were busy (but delightful) and then on the 2 or 3 miles of road near Dunham we got caught in the first heavy shower.
Looking forward to riding with you all again in the near future.
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And his regional/national accent recognition skills... (Accusing Geordies of being Irish and Scots of being Welsh! )If my belly looks flat, your photography skills are similar to your IT skills.
And his regional/national accent recognition skills... (Accusing Geordies of being Irish and Scots of being Welsh! )
Ha ha that is very true, unfortunately, Colin. Not sure 'accusing' is quite the right word though. As it might wrongly infer I don't like any of those accents. Which would be a bit of a cheek coming from me with my strong West country brogue . Regional accents are all part of the rich tapestry of life .