Wednesday 4th November – pub ride, puncture (yes, again!), jelly babies, free sandwiches and planning pre-Christmas rides

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I am really enjoying our short Wednesday night rides.  With no cycling challenge to worry about we can focus on having a good chat, look forward to our ‘reward beer’ and feel good about having got out for a bit of token exercise  mid-week.

This ride saw the seven of us wending our way along to Treworgey and then up the hill towards The Forge at St. Cleer.  A puncture for Steve saw all of us leaping to our now routine work stations – so that we either assume the role of doing something constructive or undertake the equally important role of sustaining the small talk.

This week the small talk turned to jelly babies, the good friend to all cyclists.  If you ever wondered what the white powdery coating on our little friends is, this is cornflour from the inside of their moulds.  Well, you never know when this might come in handy …….

Through St. Cleer and left down the hill to Trecarne; left at the bottom and up to Darite; on through Crows Nest and up to Pensilva where we parked our bikes at The Victoria Inn, in their BBQ tent.

Once inside we sampled their beers,  Geoff and I trying Spingo, brewed in Helston.  I always think its great that Cornwall has so many local breweries and distilleries.  To accompany the beers, the pub kindly provided free sandwiches – very nice!

Flush with the success of our recent longer trips, we had a bit of a think about what we might want to try before Christmas.  Obviously we have our own Christmas rides:  Liskeard ladies on 5th December and Liskeard Velo on 13th (everyone welcome for this one).  In addition, we might want to take a look at a couple of social audax rides:  28th November, Breakfast in Bampton, a circular ride from Exeter (60 miles); and December 6th, Ed’s mince pie and mulled wine ride from Carharrack near Truro (30 miles).  Details of both can be found at:  http://www.aukweb.net/events/

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Victoria Inn Pensilva

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