Cathedrals Ride Day 41 Tuesday 23rd May Start: Winchester (9.30am)
Finish: Chichester (5.30 pm) Distance: 40.9 miles
Bike Time: 3h 46min Ave Speed: 10.8 mph
Max Speed: 28.8 mph Total Distance: 2232.9 miles
Total Time: 210h 34min
Nice to feel no pressure first thing in the morning. The only other guests were Australians who seemed to be almost permanently on holiday, well at least from the list of holiday destinations that they told me about. Met my ‘twin’ Judy and her husband Peter at the cathedral, having first met Patryk, initially from Poland, walking the End-to-End with his fluffy gorilla Wilson Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Days 41-43”
It won’t be long before the Walsham Open Gardens Weekend Committee members start knocking on doors to drum up support for the Bank Holiday Gardens Weekend. Over 200 village residents will be marshalled to help out with a multitude of tasks that make the event the success it is.
It’s not only the garden owners who have to agree to open their gardens each year. Road closures have to be arranged, rotas for car parking duties and serving food have to be drawn up, the making of sandwiches and cakes has to be agreed so that there are enough. Continue reading “Less than 100 days to Gardens Weekend”
Jan and Fiona would like to thank the many ladies who are knitting/crocheting for the poppy project.
They will both be in the Coffee Shop on Thursday 29th June and Thursday 24th August to collect any poppies, and to give an update on progress.
Up and off early as I had to make sure that I arrived in Winchester well before six, as I was going out in the evening with my university friend. First though I had a meeting with the Selina, the latest addition to Mary Jane’s side of the family. Then off for Salisbury on a none too strenuous ride. Far fewer hills than the day before.
Start: West Monkton (9.15am) Finish: Ottery St Mary (6.40 pm) Distance: 53.7 miles Bike Time: 5h 22min Ave Speed: 10.0 mph Max Speed: 25.2 mph Total Distance: 2058.0 miles Total Time: 194h 16min
A slight re-route was planned over the phone with one of Tiggie’s sons. As I left there was a slight clicking, which turned out to be a drawing pin just slightly sticking into the tyre. Upon removing it there appeared to be no damage, but twelve miles later I could feel the lack of pressure and needed to change the inner-tube. It was then that I discovered that some member of the ‘pond-life’ brigade had removed the tool kit from under the saddle. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedral Ride – Update – Day 38”
Start: Long Ashton (9.15am) Finish: West Monkton (6.45 pm) Distance: 56.5 miles Bike Time: 5h 17min Ave Speed: 10.6 mph Max Speed: 26.5 mph Total Distance: 2004.3 miles Total Time: 188h 54min
Photo of leaving is a must before setting off for Wells. Chew up the road with Chew Magna, Stoke Chew and Chew Lake, before having a break at Harptree. Then a hard climb up to the top of the Mendips, along with a number on a charity ride. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 37”
Start: Kington (8.50am) Distance: 62.9 miles Ave Speed: 10.7 mph Total Distance: 1863.8 miles Finish: Malvern (6.30 pm) Bike Time: 5h 59min Max Speed: 26.3 mph Total Time: 175h 25min
Another day when a little route planning was required, but not much – just to get me to Breadwedine, and then I was riding on the other side of the Golden Valley, which last time I had ridden it I got soaked. No different this time.
Start: Llandysul (9.15am) Distance: 64.5 miles Ave Speed: 9.9 mph Total Distance: 1760.9 miles Finish: Brecon (6.45 pm) Bike Time: 6h 45min Max Speed: 31.3 mph Total Time: 165h 42min
Mapped from what ‘claimed’ to be Llandysul to Pontwelly worked fine, and the further ride to Llangadog was also without mishap. There was a constant flow of Classic Cars on some sort of Jolly Rally, but was never in the right place at the right time for the most retro conveyances. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 32”
Start: St David’s (9.20am) Distance: 62.7 miles Ave Speed: 10.5 mph Total Distance: 1696.4 miles Finish: Llandysul (6.05 pm) Bike Time: 5h 57min Max Speed: 30.5 mph Total Time: 158h 57min
Quick re-route so as to follow the coast road to Newgale and then head inland to Haycastle. Unfortunately this new route took me, in the end over the Preseli Mountains, but the view was great, the wind blew hard – in the right direction – and the descent was long and fast. Continue reading “Ian’s Cathedrals Ride – Update – Day 31”
Find out more about Ian’s his sponsored cycle ride for St Mary’s here and download a sponsor form. He leaves on Thursday 13th April. He will be at the coffee shop from 10am departing from St Mary’s Church at 10:30.
Come along to wish him well in his endeavours to raise more money for the St. Mary’s Organ and Fabric funds.
Keep an eye out here for regular posts as to his progress.
Join Jan and Fiona on Thursday 20th April at the Coffee Shop for the next knitting and crochet fest for the Walsham-le-Willows Poppy Project. Call Jan Hall on 01359 259653 or Fiona Glover on 01359 258223.
Keep an eye on the events diary for more dates leading up to the commemoration in November.
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