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Posted 7/12/2019           


                                                          A perfect table for both groups to gather around

Hi Stragglists,
To pinch and adapt a line from George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, two wheels good, four wheels bad. It was certainly true on Sunday as we managed to pass a long line of traffic that was queueing to park for a visit to meet father Christmas at Polesden Lacey. They might have been warm inside their vehicles but they were going to be in them for quite a long time. We might have been colder astride our bikes but we were soon going to be ensconced in the café and that is where we joined a slow queue to get some sustenance. One of our own must have become so famished whilst waiting to be served that a single slice of cake was just not going to do the job. Trish was compelled to add a minced pie to her order which would not only have kept her insulated from the cold blast on the way home but an extra festive treat doesn’t go amiss at this time of year.       
Third Wheelers’ Christmas Ride
On Sunday 22nd of December Mirella is going to take a festive ride to what was once known as the Water’s Edge Café and is now known as Heather’s Farm Café near Chobham. Festive decorations are encouraged but not obligatory.
Sunday’s Ride
It has been a very chilly week but the temperature has risen and it should be a reasonably mild day on Sunday but it will come after a very wet Saturday night so you will almost certainly need mudguards.
As mentioned in last week’s blog, we are going to head for the Antelope in Surbiton after the ride to enjoy a festive drink and to wish Gary bon voyage as he prepares for his move to Kettering in the new year. Hopefully, everyone who is riding can rendezvous afterwards and if you’re unable to ride but would like to meet us there we would love to see you. The route is a winter route of 42 miles but this can be trimmed if need be. Also, it would be a good idea to bring along some nutrition as I haven’t made a provision for a coffee stop. If you’re desperate for a stop for a caffeine fix there will be opportunities along the way. It would be good to arrive at the Antelope sometime soon after 12 o’clock and that should hopefully get us there before the Kingston Wheelers.  
Hope to see you on Sunday.
Happy cycling,

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