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Peter Genet

Gentleman Biker of Cricklade

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March 2015

Ride for Easter Monday

Ok, weather looking fine, ride out to Bath via Tetbury; back via Chippenham but exact return route to be decided as we go!

Some may call this an adventure route as we can make it up as we go along but that is half the fun.

Start time, 8am at Cricklade Town Hall – assuming you haven’t eaten too many Easter Eggs of course!

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Early morning rides!

Its that time of year when early morning rides are the best.

Its still chilly, but as I ride to work, I get to see the sun rise. There is something very magical about that even after many years of seeing it happen.

The chill in the air leaves a slight mist over the adjacent fields; often which I see deer munching on the grass. Only yesterday there were three deer doing just that.

Occasionally, a badger darts out across the road. Foxes too.

Its the country smells that linger, almost as long as the memory of the journey. Farmyards have particularly distinct smell! But on the whole, the fresh morning air smells of dew, grass and mud. You don’t get that sense from being in a car though.

As a rider, one of the best things is that the roads are quieter at 6.15am – which is when I leave for work. This gives me a chance to get some nice turns in without some idiot up “my boot” as it were.

Other than that, early morning rides are still the best!

First ride of the year!

Nice simple ride – Avebury and round to Marlborough for coffee, just Richard and me.

Gave us time for a chat about future rides and the such like.

Roads were dry and relatively clear of traffic which made for a good fast ride. Leaving Marlborough, we dropped down via Hackpen Hill and through Broad Hinton and Broad Town all the way back to Cricklade.

The two routes I suggested we couldn’t do as time got the better of me. They are a whole morning’s ride and “the boss” had me under strict instructions to get back home by 10am to help out in the garden and to go and buy my youngest son some new football boots.

Still, it was a sunny morning so well worth a sprint anyway!

Saturday 7 March ride ideas!

Couple of ideas for routes this Saturday.

Ross-on-Wye see for journey details http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/l/i8q3

Bath see for journey details http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/l/i8qO

Start time 8am; meet at Cricklade Town Hall car park. We can decide which route to take then. Or other ideas welcomed of course.

Back to basics!

With the weather as it has been recently, we haven’t been out much other than for the odd shopping trip which isn’t really that exciting!

So, to relieve the boredom, we decided to get back to basics and went for a bicycle ride along the old railway track in Cricklade.

Gentlemen bikers going back to basics!

Leaving from behind the leisure centre, we followed the track over the bridge of the Thames; taking the next left we followed the path round, and to the left again. There is a single track on the right hand side which takes you up to the bird hide, but we turned left here to take the “long way round”.

This route takes you through the Cotswold Water Parks – the scenery on this route changes throughout the year and is quite a favourite of ours. It is only around 9 miles or so, but good fun especially when its flooded!

Anyway, we got back to tarmac and headed into Cerney Wick. Past the pub and onto the canal path. We would normally head on over the bridge of the A419 but Richard G had a slow puncture so we decided to take the short-cut back home.

Back into Cricklade, we stopped at my house for a well earned cuppa tea!

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