October 2004

As I write this wind and rain are battering against the window. Last night we could hold out no longer and lit the range for the first time this year. Yes the balmy days of summer are definitely done with and autumn has arrived with a vengeance. Barely two weeks ago a gang of us were struggling with the heat in Brittany, what a contrast!

Unfortunately, this edition of your favourite rag was not ready in time to publicise Richard and Winsomes run on the 19th. I did try to contact as many members as possible by email or telephone but if you missed the run because of my missing you, many apologies.

I was unable to attend Ken and Pats run in August but er’indoors went in my stead and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Pat kindly wrote a run report, which is below.

Pat writes such nice letters that I’ve typed it almost verbatim.

28th August Bron Haul

We were heartened by the turn out on our ride last Sunday and the weather was so kind, so it proved most enjoyable.

Six tandems left Bron Haul for the undulating ride to Denbigh, where Hazel, Les, and Becky joined us. From here we headed South crossing Afon Ystrad. We stopped for a picnic lunch with fine open views towards Clocaenog Forest before the long descent to Cyffyliog – a test for the brakes!

After drinks at the Red Lion we headed east for Ruthin where we left Les and Hazel to enjoy a late lunch (celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary), the route continuing by pleasant lanes down the Vale of Clwyd.

A stop was made for further refreshments of the liquid kind at the Kinmel Arms in Llandyrnog. Thence to Denbigh, where Becky left us, and further lanes to follow the Elwy valley back to base.

Despite a poor forecast the weather was fine, not too hot. An enjoyable day out we even provided Gareth and Geof with opportunities to practice their map-reading skills!

19th September Betws Y Coed

More good luck with the weather, at least for some!

Yours truly rode from home in fairly fine weather to Betws’ intent upon the Tandderwen Bakery for breakfast.

At the appointed hour, Winsome and Richard and Gareth and Debbie, trailed by an aerobelly full of Danish pastry, set off toward Trefriw.

The climb up to Nant BH from Gwydir Castle was a shock to the system. The need to don waterproofs was, however, not a shock. But the rain was short lived and we had a brief interlude watching someone seemingly doing their best to get as wet as possible whilst canoeing on Llyn Geirionydd.

We took to the rough stuff and crossed a ridge to Crafnant where, with excellent timing we beat the rain and the crowds to the lakeside café. They serve very fine and various homemade cakes there.

The two tandems returned to Betws’ via road but I was led by an impulse to go to the head of the valley and cross to Capel Curig using a footpath. This journey was somewhat longer than I remembered.

What I shall find hard to forget is the miserable journey up the Dyffryn Mybwyr into a headwind and soaking rain.

Thanks to Richard and Winsome for a ‘memorable’ day.


October 24th

‘LeGary’ leads a run to Aberffraw on Anglesey. Meet in Menai Bridge at 10am. Morning coffee in Newborough and afternoon tea in Holland Arms. Bring a packed lunch to eat at the beach!

Approximate distance is 45 miles but if you fancy a shorter run get in touch and we’ll advise you of options.

The Christmas Dinner

It may seem a bit too early to be even thinking of this but when you have to organise something for thirty to forty-plus diners then you have to get your act together.

Last year we did contemplate a change of format to the whole thing so this year we are actually going to do it.

The dinner will be at Bangor Youth Hostel on the evening of 4th December at 6pm. There will be accommodation available for those who wish to stay the night. There is a booking form enclosed with this newsletter.

If possible we would like to have a gathering one to two hours beforehand to arrange 2005’s runs list and any other business that never gets aired. We’d like to get some fresh ideas for runs, venues for camping etc. The awards will be given after the dinner when we can forget any time pressures and just enjoy it.

We know some may prefer to carry on as always but we feel that we never really get a chance to relax and talk to folk at the Dinner because we’re too busy running around and others have said much the same. That they have come away thinking where did the time go and they didn’t get a chance to speak to so and so.

Also, those who prefer to ride to events can treat it as a weekend tour with a bonus.

Perhaps some members can think of ways they could entertain us, a monologue, song, or poem maybe. You may wish to show us some pictures of ‘what we did on our holidays’!

2005 Runs List

Soon we will be getting the dates together for 2005 so if you have a preference please get in touch as we can work around your dates.

This year we have struggled to find leaders for the monthly rides so are wondering if it might be best to go for bi-monthly runs. It is a shame to be cutting back but demand/inclination seems to have waned.

Remember new ideas and volunteers are always WELCOME.

International Rally ’05 Denmark

The ferry company (DFDS) is taking bookings for next July now. We have already, booked, by internet, to take advantage of any savings available. If you fancy going and would like advice or help give us a ring.


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