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Pathfinder May 28th starting 10am from the lay-by near Gnome World, east of Indian Queens

A steady pass over the Cornish Alps, no snow, with a long view over Blackpool to the sea, no tower, for refreshments at Eden, fig leaves optional. A very easy return past Carbis Wharf and Roche Rock which really is just a rock. 26 miles in all.

We will have to leave the bikes a short walk from the Eden visitor centre so we need some locks and anyone using plastic road cleats should bring covers or flip-flops, Crocs or similar. No need to pay entry to use the café.

To see the route on a map click here, Maypathfinder17. To zoom in and out use the buttons bottom right or the mouse wheel.

To download the outbound and return tracks as a .gpx file for your Garmin (or similar) click:

Outbound

Return

To get to the start by car follow Gnome World signs from the A30. OS grid SW 929 597 Lat/Long 50.4012 -4.9155

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A Wheelers roadblock in Ireland

Andrew's final reflections on his BCVA SendACow LeJoG in the report in Recent Grand Tours

To make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BCVASendACowTheAndrewMadelHerd

 Can everyone bring their Mines and Minerals entries to Thursdays meeting.

  

 

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Sunday 21st May Long Ride
May 22, 2017, 9:42 am

With a promise of a bright day ahead there was a goodly crowd that gathered at H.Q. The Long ride decided on making their way to St Ives or at least Lake side Café which is on the road toward Vorvais. After everyone admired Trevors new bike and Bernies Saddle and all the other oohs and aghhs that seem to happen we thought we ought to ride. 

Six of us waited until the main group set of to make their way to Perranuthno. As we left Amanda was walking towards us so we stopped for a chat, She is in high spirits if not a little fed up that she is  unable to ride at the moment. As we made our way up to Budock church a very black cloud was looming and we all thought a soaking was about to happen fortunately it didn’t. We came across the main group at the top of Halvasso and here Trevor persuaded Ian a guy who had joined us for the day to ride with us He lives in Turkey and is currently in Pendennis as he works as engineer on a luxury motor yacht.. So we continued on to Godolhin cross where Trevor suggested turning right for a nice change as a route to Millpool. Then St Erth across A30 and up to Café stop where Trevor David and I could not resist the cream teas, the scones really are something else. The banter was mainly discussing the current situation in Turkey and whether Grommett has enough room in his sidecar for all the moon cheese (Wenslydale). Route home was Hayle, Portreath, Redruth etc. A diversion to Mount Ambrose was discussed as Phil 4 was suffering from a creaking bottom and was in need of some carbon grease. But we couldn’t be arsed so we all went home.

61 miles and home by 2.30 a good day in good company. The cast in no particular order were David, Phil1, Phil4, Trevor, Jim, Ian and yours truly.         

As a clue Yours truly will be chairing the meeting on Thursday.


For the many, or the few?
May 18, 2017, 10:12 pm

Well, it was certainly the few who took up the offer of this week’s OGIL ride. I thought I was going to be on my own when I stood at Union Corner, in the rain, and it was only the temporary traffic lights that delayed me long enough to see Phil1 plodding up from Trescobeas Road. “Looks like a Miss Molly day”, I suggested but Fred and Simon, the two waiting at Halvasso turn had other, but equally acceptable plans. Lilly the Pinks was to be the destination and Simon had already sent a text to Bryan to give him a heads up. Just why the M&Ms were coming the other way when we got to Kestle Quarry, I forgot to ask, but I can imagine Martyn suggesting going that way round and” if we don’t meet up with the others we can go home”. “At least you will be able to remember just who was out today”, suggested Phil1, as the six of us continued on our way along the normally homeward route to Lilly the Pinks. I made a mental note to refit the rear mudguard as the spray trickled down my back(side); and to have another look for a more rainproof coat. At Penmarth we stopped briefly to chat to Jane, who had plans to re-join the VOGIL ride that morning, “when the rain let up”. She could be in for a long wait as Mystic Meg indicated that this wouldn’t be before 3pm.

Bryan was already at the café when we arrived. Although we dripped steadily on to the furniture and floor our enthusiasm for a good chinwag had not been dampened. Martyn and Fred discussed plans, and routes, for the next pathfinder; a visit to Clay Country and a promise of there being “gold in them hills”, or at least there would be hills. For some reason the subject turned to smart phones and we compared “packages” as men often do. I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that Mystic Meg was the smartest of the bunch but she does know where I am, which is often one up on me. Phone in hand I thought it appropriate to ask Simon, who was better placed than me, to use it to take the accompanying photo of a picture on the cafe wall, appropriate that is for both an OGIL ride and the forthcoming election.

It was still raining when we bade farewell to Bryan and set off towards Todpool, United Mines, Burncoose and Stithians. It seems a lot more of a long drag this way around. We dropped Simon back home to Frogpool and at this point the M&Ms left us too. There was no enthusiasm for turning right at Stithians so we continued on to deaf cat alley and up to Longdowns. Left and then right brought us back to Halvasso, where Fred pointed out Capones Corner. Back at Halvasso turn we continued to put the world to rights for several minutes before Phil and I gave a farewell wave to Fred and returned to Falmouth. It was still raining. 33 miles for me. Dean.


Ride report 14/5/17 Medium Ride
May 15, 2017, 3:39 pm

Phil S had agreed to meet at 8:20.  Would I wake in time?  Was that the alarm clock?   No it sounded like a scream.  Can’t have been.  Go back to sleep.  In the morning there was a body!  Well, half a rabbit.  One cat was nearby looking a bit sheepish.  The other was nowhere to be seen.  No time to solve this feline whodunit.  Just clear it up and get ready to chum Phil to HQ.  Despite the previous night’s rain it was dry so “Lemond” was brought out of the stable and off we set.  A good number were at HQ ‘though there was an absence of long riders who were on tour in Ireland.  In good voice we sang “Happy Birthday dear Sonja...”,..... twice because Sonja wasn’t ready to film it the first time.  Portreath was decided upon, or Miss Molly’s for those on the shorter ride.  Sonja left us after Budock Water presumably to get stuck into her birthday cake.  The rides were a bit mixed up to begin with but after Halvasso Paula, Jo, Sylvia, Sheila,  Alice, Caroline, Victor, M&M, Fred, Bernie, Phils x3, Daves x2 all turned left then right then left then right then left then right then ...  Well anyway we went through Carnkie, Nine Maidens, Troon, Ramsgate and Barripper.  Before Penponds we saw a long-legged bird.  Emu I said.  Rhea said Bernie.  Bernie knows birds!  Skirting Camborne and on past Rosewarne.  Fred had a brief chain off, soon sorted. Then Victor turned left prematurely towards Tehidy Park which brought to mind Andrew’s wrong turn here last Sunday.  I found a 16mm Snap-on spanner by the side of the road.  Nice one!  Now added to my tool box.  At Portreath we all dived into The Atlantic.  The cafe that is, not the big body of water!   EMU remover I thought.  The girls behind the counter must use lots of it.  Phil C however was not wearing any Eye Make Up.  He had had a fight with a chair in his shed and got a black eye.  I didn’t ask how the chair did.  Phil S decided to have a look at the Atlantic before we left.  It looked to me like the sand was in.  There was a crash.  Phil had forgotten to unclip from his pedal and had a bloody knee.  Now we had two wounded Phils.  Watch out Phil E in case its three!  As we left Portreath heading towards Bridge we greeted Denise who was on her bike on the other side of the road.  Bernie was “tour fit” after his successful classic motor tour around northern Spain in his trusty Triumph Stag.  Somewhere on the return leg from Portreath he made his own break for home, as did Sylvia just before we joined the tramway cycle path.  On this excursion off the tarmac we kept strict single file to avoid collision with the numerous cyclists going in the opposite direction.  Weaving around the staggered gates challenged M&M on the tandem.  What’s needed is a tandem that bends in the middle!  Bumping along the piste on her skinny tired road bike, what Caroline needed was a smooth road.   After the cycle path it was the familiar route through Scorrier, Mount Ambrose, Penhalvean and Stithians.  Just to be different, we turned right here to be rewarded by a steep uphill slog in company of a pick-up and trailer, a van laying smoke and diesel fumes and numerous other less than considerate drivers.  Sheila, Caroline, Victor and the M&Ms went straight on as the rest of us peeled right to return down Halvasso and home.   50 miles today said Phil. 

 

TD.


Another OGIL report
May 13, 2017, 11:49 am

You may have read various ride reports whilst I have been away of catastrophic mishaps suffered by OGIL, and guests, during their Wednesday morning rides. There have been, allegedly, near death experiences; long verge-side vigils awaiting the arrival of an ambulance directed from somewhere in Yorkshire; one of our former colonial brethren, wing mirror firmly clutched in hand, doing cartwheels across the road; single speed tandems limping home. Alas, I have to inform you that this was all fake news, alternative concocted by those hoping to oust yours truly from this column. Today, I can truthfully report, as on all OGIL rides, nothing happened. That’s right, nothing happened; you might just as well go make a cup of tea or get on with the housework. But for those interested in the banal details here they are.

As usual we set out from Union Corner, at 8.53, delayed a little by a coach and mobile crane, increased in numbers at Halvasso turn and all 9 of us, Kath, Phils 1& 3, Fred, Raymondo, TD, John, Mike and myself, headed up Halvasso hill on route to Loe Beach. Fred provided strong and stable leadership; there were no U turns. It was a fairly short ride, not particularly fast nor slow, and took us down to the Greek Church, the mud has dried up, out to Barncoose, Gwenap, Bissoe, Playing Place and down to Loe Beach. It might be worth noting that the beach café is now under new management, who were pleasant, not fazed by off menu requests, such as egg on toast, and is still reasonably priced, if not more so. We sat outside, enjoying the view over the river. The General election may have been mentioned but Raymond’s bike seemed to be the main topic on the table I sat at. There was the hill climb afterwards, but the least said about that the better. The return journey was, of course, down to Point and along to Devoran, then hangman’s hill and on home. That was it really. 33 miles for me. Dean


A New Forest Day Out – 100k Audax, Sunday May 7th.
May 10, 2017, 6:01 pm

When Kath suggested that some of the Wheelers might like to join her to ride the New Forest Day out, it seemed a good idea for me, as I grew up in that area and could combine doing it with visiting old school friends.  The Audax started from the Lymington Centre and headed up to the open heathland of the New Forest, where we crossed the first of a total of 13 ! cattlegrids during the ride.  The contrasts with Cornwall were everywhere – masses of bright yellow gorse at the roadside - but not so many bluebells - ponies, cattle and donkeys roaming freely - the ponies wear luminous collars to help cut down on accidents at night.  I even saw a notice warning of ‘pigs running free’! Houses and churches are built of red brick instead of the grey granite we’re used to, and of course it’s flat!  Well, undulating, but no serious inclines – I used bottom gear about three times in the whole 100k.  At the café stop, a young man from Portsmouth told me he’d sleep well that night, because of “all those hills!”  Come to Cornwall and we’ll show you hills!

It’s noticeable how much less tired you get when you can roll along for miles, instead of finding a climb at every turn in the road.  The weather was perfect, dry, not too hot, with sunshine in the afternoon, so the scenery was stunning; beech trees with very vibrant new green leaves, and huge mature oaks in the sun and dappled shade of the Bolderwood Arboretum/ Ornamental Drive, as I headed south towards Lyndhurst and Beaulieu.  At a sharp right turn at Hatchet’s Pond, the sign ‘Lymington 6 miles’ had been turned around to face in the wrong direction – very helpful – but we had been warned that some joker had been at work.  Heading west into the sun to the finish, I passed the Isle of Wight ferry station and crossed the old Toll Bridge into Lymington. (No tolls now, but when we first moved to the town in the 50’s, it was 6d to take a car across).

Up the High Street – one of the steepest hills of the ride – to the finish, where an excellent tea, including hot food, awaited us.  Despite finishing a lot later than Kath, I was pleased that my average speed was the best I’ve ever done over that distance.  Altogether a fantastic ride, very well organised by a friendly, welcoming team.  Highly recommended -   maybe more of us will take part next year?

Liz


'New Forest Day out' Lymington Audax - Kath's Story
May 9, 2017, 6:55 pm

I was combing a weekend visiting family with the Lymington 100k audax ride and with good weather forecast I was looking forward to the event.

It was colder than I was expecting on the Sunday morning but no rain was forecast which was good.  I met Liz in the carpark, had a quick catch up and agreed to meet up when we had both finished the ride.

This is the only Audax that I know that lets you set off when you like so once I had signed in I got going.  On a Sunday around the New Forest there are more cyclists than motorists I reckon as there were cyclists all over the place but not all of them doing the Audax.  As following the route sheet can be a bit tricky I usually tag on behind another rider and hope that they know the route.  I managed to tag on behind the wrong people not just once but twice (I followed one the wrong way and had to turn round and the other was a group of local riders just out for a 45k ride) before I found another 100k audax rider. Whether this chap minded having me on his back wheel I will never know but I stuck with him till we got to the coffee stop Control point at 51k . An interesting thing about this chap was that he was riding a Roberts Steel framed bike. I understand that they are quite nice and not made anymore.

My chaperone didn’t stop for anything other than filling up his water bottles while I stopped for a bacon sandwich, coffee and a chat to a very nice couple on a tandem.  I set off on my own for the second half of the ride which was a bit more direct than earlier.  The route continued to be as delightful as before.  Its is a variety of open Forest land, villages, rivers, fords, lots of ponies, deer and I think we all saw the most gorgeous baby donkey. I haven’t mentioned any hills so far and to be quite honest though there were some they were almost a delight. The ride back to Lymington is along flat open roads or through undulating forest roads which can get quite busy with traffic but the tarmac is good and the traffic keeps to the speed limits.

There was a lovely welcome back at base from the organisers with toast, baked beans and cheese, rice pudding and peaches and lots of cakes and biscuits – nearly as good as the Wheelers catering.  I nipped back to my mums for a quick shower and another cup of tea before Liz text to say she was back.  I had yet another cup of tea and a bit more cake with Liz before we said our goodbyes agreeing that we had both had an excellent day on the bike.

This ride will be in my diary for next year and with a 100mile route and 200k route on offer too I may look at doing the 100mile route next.

Kath


Puncture, Poldhu, Poldark, Porkellis and problems!!
May 7, 2017, 8:06 pm

It was a perfect morning for cycling- sunshine, not too windy and a scenic destination, but little did we know what was in store for us.

Fred, Mike2 and Paul2 were waiting as I arrived at the ‘other place’ and Kath, Phil 1, John, guest OGIL Jan and very young OGIL Emma soon joined us. As Fred announce that Poldhu was our destination, the M and Ms swept into view. We set off….. only for Mike to find he had a puncture! Twenty minutes later we were on our way- down to Gweek, up through Trelowarren and out to Goonhilly. We passed Amanda’s manhole cover (no mishaps this time) speeding across the downs, through Mullion and down to Poldhu.

A spectacular sight- large waves crashing onto the sand and lovely clear blue skies. We made our orders and sat in the sun. Coffee, cake and cooked breakfasts came eventually, after a huge overloaded trayful was tipped into the sand by the kitchen staff.

We returned by the usual route, up the steep hill, past Mullion Golf Club and towards Culdrose. Soon after the ford the tandem’s rear deraillier and chain brokeso while ten bikes and riders were strewn around an irate guys grass Martin used Mike’s chain tool to create a fixed wheel tandem. Fred left to seek help at the Helston Giant shop and others returned home. Mike, John the tandem and I gingerly crept towards Helston. With blasts of the horn Steve from the Giant shop arrived in his van to take the tandem and the M and Ms to Helston. Amazing service!!!!

Eventually we rode home with Fred and Paul rejoining us at Wendron. We lost forerunner Mike who missed the Poldark turn and he joined us again at Crane garage. An eventful ride!

45 miles for me. 

Phil3

Footnote. Having just spent £145 on a complete new drivetrain I have bought a chain checker (just £6.99) and I will use it regularly to check my chain wear. There’s a moral there somewhere.


Brittany trip
May 3, 2017, 9:51 pm

The first wave of Wheelers arrived at ferryport, via trains and cars, some earlier than others, so some had time to rehydrate at new bar next to ferryport. Sylvia did a few turns of the roundabout and carpark, as we unloaded and sorted bags etc, Sylvia asked where my pannier rack was, I explained, Victor had volunteered to carry all of "our " kit in the panniers on his bike! As my Giant is not compatible with pannier racks.  How generous.

 Finally all boarded to find cabins, The Pont Aven is quite a large ferry and the cabins were spread randomly around the various decks, we rendezvoused in the bar, where various other Falmouthians were gathering, inc Trevors cousin and Falmouth Vocals choir, it was like being at home.  After eating, we returned to bar for the top notch entertainment, the disco went well according to Mike, especially YMCA, the French student loved that.. The we had the magician, Kk spoilt this for us by telling us what would happen next, We always knew he had a special gift...then the singers came on with their take on Jolene, quite an unusual song for two strapping lads to sing, then whilst they sang Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer, we all slipped quietly out to relocate the cabins we struggled to find when sober.

Friday 28th Apr, first cycling day, luckily Nick and Christine "offered" to carry our pannier bags in their campervan to the campsite, so we were fairly unladen on our pre planned Garmin route out of Roscoff,

we rolled along the pretty lanes admiring the stone work buildings and how well the new and old went so well together.  Then onto Santec, with lovely sandy beaches, we were following the well(ish) signposted cycle route to Sibiril, where we tried to find a coffee stop, as we had been quite cold,  No cafe/bar  there, so to warm everyone up we went the wrong way and ended up re climbing the hill we had just come up.. Then stayed on main road to Cleder, where we piled into bar for coffees and to the bakers for pastries. Yum, this was going to be a great weekend. We got chatting to one local chap Leou who was quite taken with Sylvia, being so tall. As she was wearing the red jacket he thought she was in charge, and gave us his address as where we were going was on the next road to where he lived, about 10 miles away we said we would look in if we got the chance, We headed out of Cleder back toward the coast to follow extremely  scenic route to Plouescat for our lunchstop, Crepes or sandwiches for us. Some were also seen visiting the patisserie , photos were taken.... Mike and John went into restaurant Bistrot des Halles to sample the food to see if it would be good enough for us all in the evening. It was. So we booked our table, and set off for the campsite to unpack and get out of our lycra.  and back into civvies, by now the sun was shining and was warm enough to sit out and relax with a cup of tea...

The campsite was about 2 miles out of town, so we cycled to restaurant  in the evening, to keep our cycling miles up. The food was just as John and Mike had said, "excellent".  Then we raced back to site to catch up on  our beauty sleep.    around 40 miles today depending on whether supermarket run included.

Evening meal Bistrot des Halles, food excellent especially the chips, and desserts, great service.

That was day one, full report in Recent Grand tours, under Wheelers in Brittany.

 


OGIL Ride Wednesday 26th April
Apr 27, 2017, 10:23 pm

It was a beautiful sunny day but with a very cold wind as we met at the bottom of Halvasso turn.

We were joined by Ian and Raymond who were out for the day but waiting for Ben to join them after his morning shift, so they rode with us until they heard from Him, simple plan. We set off towards Portreath via Carnkie hill, Raymond became aware he had a broken spoke but carried on round Stithians reservoir towards Nine Maidens. Here Raymond decided to head back to receive a spare wheel from his back up crew (Sister in law). Then Phil 3 decided to head home as he was feeling rough and suggested to me that as Dean had handed the Pen to him that he would hand it to me, bit like pass the parcel. At Pencoys Kath left us as she had to be home by one. What else could go wrong M&Ms chained jammed that’s it can’t be anything else, so on to Churchtown Bray village picking up cycle path to Industrial estate across to Illogan down to Bridge and thus to Portreath. A very pleasant coffee stop was enjoyed with much banter about Andrews route (we all know a better way don’t we!!) We then made our way up valley to Rhodda’s where we met Raymond coming the other way. So after he and Ian had  a kiss and a cuddle they went there own way I presume to find Ben. At Trevails we bid farewell to Keith and continued to Crane garage where we bid farewell to M&M. We made our way down Halvasso where the final incident happened and Mike narrowly missed a very nasty collision with an oncoming car and after removing there wing mirror doing a somersault and various other acrobatic tricks emerged apparently unscathed but very concerned about his bike (everyone else was asking him if he was alright but to him bike was more important.) After apologies all round we continued on our way. Paul and I left Mike, Andrew and Dave at the Bottom of Halvasso to make our way home.

An interesting 33miles for me more for everyone else I am sure, and home by one.

Cast was Dave (Admiral), Kath (early bath), Phil3 (early bath), Keith, Paul, Andrew, Mike, M&M, Raymond (broken arrow), Ian and your’s truly Fred           


Standingupalltheway.
Apr 24, 2017, 4:53 pm

We have been asked to publicise this double End 2 End in June,  www.standingalltheway.weebly.com  Any help, company on the ride or donations are welcome.


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