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Posted 15/12/2018           

               A grey and dismal Sunday on top of Epsom Downs 

                           

Hi Stragglists,
 
Well it is pantomime season and on Sunday morning, with a huge amount of help from the unpredicted weather, it got off to a fine start. Thanks to a chest infection, the noises emanating from Mrs C resembled a big bad growling bear rather than sleeping beauty so I was up earlier than usual and then I noticed a light frosting of drizzle on the bathroom Velux. That’ll clear, no problem. Half way through breakfast streaks of rain were hitting the window with force and feverish WhatsApp messages were bouncing backwards and forwards. “I’m not going in this!” “Oh, it’s stopped. Oh no it hasn’t! I’m off to the mobmatch.” But the thought of trudging around Ham Lands didn’t appeal so half a dozen of us met up at the Angel but just to add to the farce, half of us were later than usual due to the will-I-won’t-I episode pre actually getting out. As we crested Epsom Downs the rain began again and progressively got harder but a fairy godmother came in an unusual form - a public lavatory! Mark had to get back, perhaps because he was due to turn into a pumpkin, so I took a picture before his departure. It was then that Duncan discovered a puncture and as the rain changed from steady to driving, we all took shelter (including Emma) in the spacious men’s loo at the top of the downs where we could marvel at Duncan busying himself like Buttons by changing the inner tube. While all this was going on, the rain died away and the rest of our ride to the Pedal Active café in Ashtead was far from dry as roads were quite water logged but the sun shone and our welcome at the café was warm indeed.
 
Post Ride at the Antelope  
Next Sunday will be our last ride before Christmas so we thought we would repair to the Antelope in Maple Road, Surbiton after the ride. If that sounds like a festive thing to do we’ll do a slightly shorter route so as not to miss out on too much drinking time! So that’s on December 23rd.
    
Sunday’s Ride to Nest with the Third Wheelers
As has become a tradition, Nest café in Ripley opens its doors on a couple of Sundays before Christmas so Mirella is taking this opportunity to pay a visit. Sue has had a recent eye operation so will be away from the bike for a few Sundays but Mirella has offered to take anyone who usually rides in Group Two to take them on her route. This is her route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29010157 and Group One will take this route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29043061 It’s freezing at the moment but the weekend is set to ‘warm up’.It's been a cold and very wet Saturday but it sould be warmer, calmer and dryer on Sunday morning. After last week I’ll believe all that when I see it.
 
Happy cycling,
 
Ray
 

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