March 2002

I wasn’t going to do another issue of this esteemed tome until April. But, seeing as everyone needs to be made aware of the change of plans regarding the March run, then we’ll take the opportunity to keep everyone up to date with all matters tandeming.

PLEASE NOTE

Geof Russell has finally made it onto the surgeons table and had his gall stones removed. I’m sure we all wish him a rapid recovery.

It would have to be a particularly rapid recovery for Geof and Helen to be able to lead their pending run so Graeme Lewis has kindly offered to lead the run on 24th March. The start is at 10am in Dyserth from the car park at GR063802. Destination is Denbigh for lunch. For more info’ call Graeme or Luke and Becky.

Velodrome

Graeme has also volunteered to organise a taster session at the Manchester velodrome. If you fancy a go at riding on one of the foremost cycling tracks in the world (well I would say that, wouldn’t I?) then get in touch with him.

INTERnational news

The much anticipated dates for next years international rally in Normandy have been finalised. You need to keep the 24th to 31st of May 2003 free. The venue, Moyaux, is in easy riding distance of both Caen and Le Havre ferry ports. There will be tent accommodation, much like Eurocamp, available or take your own tent, but there are no Bungalows or the like available.

There should be booking forms appearing in a forthcoming journal.

We shall be going as I find the combination of cider, choux pastry, and camembert too tempting to resist.

Les Wyle is talking about leading an extended tour using the rally as a destination or starting point so talk to him about it.

CLARE’S BIRTHDAY RUN

It seems that whenever we lead a run the weather conspires against us and the February run was no exception.

Undeterred, Les and Hazel cycled 20+ miles to the start, Luke arrived with his solo on his way back from the AGM, and Graeme "no mudguards" Lewis was instructed to join us by his better ‘alf just in case no one else turned up!!!

We incurred a downhill debt straight away, approaching Mold via Ffrith, Treuddyn, and Nercwys. The snow drops doing their best to brighten an ominously grey aspect.

We found a lone Jonathan circling the car park in Mold, no doubt attempting to maintain some semblance of circulation.

It was an opportune moment to visit the PC’s, don waterproofs, and partake of the ritual home made cake before heading to Sychdyn.

We were denied nothing on this run for the lanes up to Rhosesmor had a particularly satisfying layer of mud attached to them.

Unable, (or unwilling - ed.) to engage low gear, Les and Hazel powered up the hills to Rhes-y-Cae mountain where the summit rewarded us with fine views of fine mist.

Graeme took time out from pebble-dashing his companions to rescue a sheep. We all applauded through our facial rendering.

The, normally placid, group were becoming mutinous as lunch time passed with no promise of respite or refuelling. Fortunately, for our gallant guide, Loggerheads caff was reached in the nick of time. Other wise an already unattractive scene may have become distinctly ugly.

Chris and Siobhan joined us for lunch, providing a dry and warm contrast to the "saturated seven" who deposited a lake on the cafe floor.

Once lunch had been wolfed down Les and Hazel set off for home, thus completing a "full day" for them.

And then there were five, who ascended to Maeshafn and traversed Nercwys forest to arrive eventually and gratefully back in Gwynfryn.

Ty Broga tea rooms rapidly opened for business, and lashings and lashings of home made cake and tea were consumed. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU MISSED !!!!!!!!!!

Clare Whitehouse

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