Saturday, 24 September 2016

Taunton by Train 34

With a good strong southerly wind blowing up the coast a good opportunity to take the train to Taunton and have a comfortable ride back.  Caught the 1130 from Weston and tootled back via Bridgwater, Highbridge and Burnham (for tea and cheese on toast).

Off the train

No problems getting on the train, plenty of room.  It took about half an hour to get to Taunton. The downside of the station was the line was on the opposite side of the exit so had to carry the bike down and through a subway.  Made the mistake of buying a return ticket and despite offering it someone needing to get back to Weston there were no takers.

Somerset C.C.C

These provided a nail biting finish to the county cricket season.  It all hinged on the last game between Yorkshire and Middlesex.  A draw would have meant Somerset would have won the title for the first time in their history but Middlesex won and this local club were devastated.

That's it, the ground closed down now till next spring.

Uphill Scarecrows

It's that time of year again, the annual Uphill scarecrow competition.  This one was the best one of today's bunch that was spotted.

Covered 34, it has to be said fairly comfortable, miles today.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Burnham Bash 35

Another nice day, sunny and warm with a bit of a South breeze.  Unfortunately my latest medication for the cough of the century states that sunlight must be avoided.  Hunted out and found my long cycling shorts. With those, and a long sleeved top on, kept out of the sun but felt a bit overdressed.  Went out with one of the Old Gits, Andy, for company this morning                                                                                                                                  

MacMillan Day

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of Britain's largest charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.  It is run by supporters, professionals, volunteers and campaigners. It was started in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan after the death of his father from cancer. One of its biggest annual events is the World's Biggest Coffee morning held at the end of September. That is what these volunteers were up to in Burnham on Sea.  Happy to donate to such a worthy cause

Good ride out this morning, covered just over 35 miles.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bridgewater Boundary (and back) 35

Nice enough day for a ride out, a bit overcast but very pleasant.  A bit of a southerly wind so heading south for an hour and let the wind bring me back.

Cafe open - NOT!

Went on the main road past Burnham and Highbridge and almost made it into Bridgwater.  After about 18 miles, it was time for a drink so went to this cafe on the A38 at Pawlett.  Been past it a few times now and today seemed like the best time to give them the benefit of my custom.  As the name suggests, Hilltops Cafe is at the top of a modest hill and seeing the OPEN sign on the approach was very welcome.  Until it came to getting in, the place was all locked up.  How disappointing was that then?

Rich's Cider Farm

This is at a place called Watchfield near to Mark.  50% dearer than the normal cafe at Burnham but it was time for a drink.  Several of these wooden sculptured animals about the place, this was my favourite.

A lot easier going back, covered just under 35 miles today.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Old Gits plus a bit 27

Old Gits Day today.  A fairly uneventful ride, 12 turned up, and the weather was calm and overcast.  Towards the end, I peeled off from the group and cycled back through Sand Bay and the Old Toll Road adding about 4 miles on to the total.  No pictures either today unfortunately.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Mooch! 9

Not much doing today. A real wet dreary morning which did brighten up for a bit later.  Off to the theatre tonight so don't want to be making ZZZZ during act 2!  Just pootled about Weston as a precursor to riding out with the Old Gits tomorrow.

Weston Hospital

Nearly ended up here this morning.  Just popped out on the bike first thing and attempting to get from the road onto a cycle path, the front wheel slid on the little kerb and threw me off. One grazed leg, not too bad, and one very bruised pride.  Had to happen as a stream of cars went by.

Marine Lake at Knightstone

Took this picture to include on the Strava post, just to liven it up a bit.  Best not to ride down this causeway when the tide is in!

A modest 9 miles, enough to get the blood circulating though.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Mudgely Mooch 48

Another nice day forecast, a bit down on the mileage this week so will have to push the boat out a bit to reach the target 100.  Heading out to Wedmore and beyond which should do the trick.  Went through Bleadon, Wedmore and turning round at Mudgely on the edge of the Mendips. (Nothing there by the way) and returned via West Hay and Burnham.


Weston is hosting an Iron Man event today.  Starting at around 7, when the tide will be right up, there is a 1 mile swim, a 60 mile bike event and a half marathon to finish.  The cycle route covers two ascents of Cheddar Gorge which should be challenging.  Despite it being the perfect weather conditions for such an event, I will leave them to it.  Interestingly, the last runner was still running on the beach 8 hours after the start.

Sweet's Tea Rooms

Good place for a cup of tea.  This is on the road between Wedmore and West Hay. This Tea room/cafe serves a wide variety of food and from the number of cyclists gathered around, it is a popular place with riders.  The sign states there is a museum on site with a varied collection of stuff gathered by the Sweet family over a number of years.  Must have a look next time.

Hello- Hello
Based on one of the characters from the BBC series based on the World War Resistance in France, this scarecrow seen in Burtle is supposed to be Roger Leclerc an elderly resistance fighter. Well known for appearing in various disguises and announcing It is I, Leclerc" despite it being patently obvious!

Grey Heron

Seen near Mark, this grey Heron was right by the side of the road and never moved when I first went by.  Returning immediately in stalking mode, complete with Hi-Vis orange cycling top, he flew away but landed a hundred yards away. Not a brilliant photo but a memory never the less.

Satisfied with just under 47 miles, this took the week efforts up to 106 miles.  Job done.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Willoughby Wander 37

In Leamington for a couple of days, out this morning with Graham for a ride out to Willoughby.  Met up at 8.30 and went out through Cubbington, Birdingbury to Willoughby and back through Long Itchington.  Left Leamington in very murky conditions bordering on fog, enough to warrant putting our rear lights on.

Leamington Hastings

Nice feature in the village 'centre', an old cart, milk float with a display of flowers.  This has been done before but taken again to prove to a fellow cyclist, Lucy, that we have been through her village!

Willoughby Cafe

Out on the A5 on the Warwickshire/Northampton shire border, this is a transport cafe that makes a good cup of tea and toast.  Not too many truckers in this morning.  Left here about 11, no sign of the fog clearing.

Still murky when we got back to Leamington just after 12. No sun shining on us today.  Clocked up 37 miles all told.