lovely day for cycling and five of us set off for our favourite coffee shop at Bampton garden centre .
We welcomed Harold who joined us for the first time and seemed to enjoy the nice leisurely ride led by Ian. The weather was ideal not too hot but not cold either with the spring flowers in the hedges and lots of birds too.
We saw The Falcons display parachute team which was an added bonus !!
On a cold damp morning, it was shall we or not ride. It was, we will ride. Leaving Carterton by the Alvescot Road, and afterwards towards Filkins, then Kencot and Broadwell and eventually reaching Clanfield cafe. By this time we were all very wet and cold. We all had a hot drink and two had the scrummy cinnamon bun; 2 taking one home. It wasn’t very nice getting back into our wet and cold coats but there wasn’t any other option. We rode back through Alvescot into Carterton; and then The Famous Five all muted “It’s straight home” to have a hot shower. Our next cycle ride will be on 7th May when we will be hoping for a dry and warm day. Pam
Cycle Ride 5th March 2019
There were 4 of us on a bright but breezy morning for the cycle ride. Our route was the same as last month. We rode to Bampton Plant Centre for our morning coffee and scones and cakes. The going was a bit tough with the breeze but a nice ride enjoyed by all.
4 riders met this morning. It was still rather cool but a good cycle ride would soon warm us up. We left Carterton via the Alvescot Road and continued into Alvescot, round the outskirts of Black Bourton into Bampton and then onwards to the Bampton Plant Centre. Scones and a warm drink were very welcome. Our return ride was through Bampton to Brize Norton and then back to Carterton. It was a good workout ride and we all felt exhilarated afterwards. Our next ride is on 5th March 19. Pam
Our normal cycle ride should have been on 1st January (New Year’s Day) we decided to use the 5th Tuesday to make sure we had a ride in January. It was quite a long ride of approx 13 miles on a cold morning, but we were all well wrapped up. Our route took us from the Town centre towards Alvescot, then where the road splits between Alvescot/Lechlade we took the Lechlade Road and turned almost immediately right again. This road goes to Shilton; we took Hen and Chick Lane to the A361 and turned left for approximately 1 mile. From here we rode on the old airfield road until we reached Kencot. A choice was needed as to which way to cycle next; the decision being to ride through Alvescot and then Black Bourton, we stopped at the church to look at the snowdrops and aconites in the church yard; and then continued to the perimeter track round the airfield. Arriving back in Carterton we were beginning to feel cold so the decision was to warm up with hot beverages and toasted tea cakes in Hacketts. The general opinion was that it was well worth the ride even though it was cold. Our next ride is on our usual Tuesday, 5th February (which is next week) at 0930 from the factory shop car park. Pam
On a frosty morning, with the sun shining 3 of us met for the cycle ride. Ian was joining us for the first time since his operation, and so a short ride was planned. We rode along Burford / Shilton Roads, through Swinbrook Park, down Kilkenny Lane, Monahan Way and Brize Norton Road back to the Town Centre and Huffkins. A hot beverage and a natter completed a lovely morning. Pam
On a very pleasant morning there were four ladies for this ride. Without hesitation we agreed to cycle to Bampton Plant Centre. We took the route through Brize Norton and then to Bampton; this also was our return route. We admired the poppy displays in Brize Norton and apart from a helicopter and 1 aeroplane it was a very peaceful ride. At the garden centre we chose our favourite beverage and two had scones, and ate this as we put the world to rights. Thank you ladies for your company.
Our next ride will be on Tuesday 4th December. Pam
5 members managed to complete the cycle ride before the weather became too hot. Our route today was by leaving Carterton along the Alvescot Road, Kencot, Broadwell and then to Clanfield. Blakes café was our coffee stop, you should have seen the size of the cinnamon buns! delicious to. It was good to have a good natter as not all the 5 regulars had been able to make all of the last few rides. Leaving Clanfield we headed towards Bampton and then took a turning to Black Bourton. From here it was round the airfield perimeter and back into Milestone Road; from here we all went separate ways back to our homes. There was very little wildlife, except for 3 Shetland ponies. We had our normal fly past! Our next ride will be on Tuesday 4th September at 0930. Ian will be leading this ride. Pam
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It was a Ladies line-up this morning. There was a breeze which helped make it feel cooler.As we didn’t have a rescue back-up in place, in case of a puncture, we kept to the lanes, cycle paths in and around Carterton. We were cycling for about 80 minutes and so this was still good exercise. We were unable to get a coffee at our chosen café due to a boiler malfunction, but at our 2ndchoice we were able to purchase drinks and have a good natter. Thank you for your company Ladies. Our next cycle ride is on Tuesday 3rdAugust at 0930. Pam
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