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Sunday 12 December 1982
1000
Day ride: Fingle BridgeDry start, showers later
6 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Kevin Presland, Mike Ward
Great views to Lustleigh and Hound Tor, from the climb from Slade Cross to the reservoirs
With the run headed for Fingle Bridge the following Sunday, all met at Bovey Tracey – Mike, Mark, Kevin and me, and Colin and Jean on the tandem. We turned off the main road at Slade Cross, taking the road up to and through the reservoirs and on to Blackingstone before passing Mardon Down and descending the fantastic slope towards Wooston.

We stopped at Willingstone Rock for lunch, after which we donned our waterproofs and ran for shelter from a large black cloud. It obviously saw us, however, and had the last laugh by not raining!

The steep path through Hannicombe Wood is hard enough to descend on a solo bike, but on a tandem – “phew”; full marks to Colin and his ballast! A heavy spell of rain forced some into shelter near Clifford Bridge, but it soon gave way to sunshine again and we pressed on to Dunsford. The run down the Teign Valley rounded off the day nicely.

(Michael Ward)

Wednesday 15 December 1982
1900
Social: Map Reading
0 present:
Social at the Maypool youth hostel clubroom. Bring OS Map 202, Torbay and South Dartmoor.

Sunday 19 December 1982
1000
Day ride: Christmas Lunch, CockwoodTorrential rain
1 present: Michael Jones
The last official ride of the year was on the 19th December. As if the rain of the last three months had not been enough to dampen our spirits, the Weather Gods chose this day to give us everything they had, just to make sure we were thoroughly extinguished. One look at the torrential rain beating against the windows was enough to tell me that attendance would be low, and so a decision had to be made to save our Christmas Lunch ride.

After numerous telephone calls, a complicated schedule was arranged for running four cars, collecting some of the youngsters from their homes and meeting anyone who turned up at the pick-up points. When we finally arrived at Cockwood there were no less than twenty-one of us, including two of Frances’ friends and Jean’s daughter Karen!

It really was good to get so many back together again, even if it had meant breaking the first principle of any cycling club. We were sorry that Colin and Don were too ill to be with us, particularly in the latter case as our usual mince pie stop at Dawlish had to be cancelled at the last minute. Still, we were determined to make the most of our afternoon, and after a delicious meal at the Ship Inn we rode down to Dron Lodge at Dawlish Warren for coffee. The open fire and Christmas carols made a pleasurable end to our day.

(Michael Jones)

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Sunday 26 December 1982
1430
Social: Christmas Social at Redmount
1 present: Michael Jones
And that’s almost the end of our 1982 story. There was no publicised run on the Sunday after Christmas, but nine members rode out to Redmount for mince pies and music during the afternoon. As if to make up for the previous week, Don was one of them, bringing a large tin of his own specially-baked pies for us to enjoy … delicious!

(Michael Jones)

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Monday 27 December 1982Social: Cinema Trip: ET
1 present: Michael Jones
But perhaps the most enjoyable time we spent together over Christmas was the following evening, when twelve of us went to Torquay to watch Steven Spielberg’s film ET – a modest title for such a moving creation. If all our children could be allowed to radiate the level of openness, sensitivity and innocent love portrayed in the film by Elliott and his friends, the world would surely be a wonderful place. This was Spielberg’s message, and it will give us all something to strive for amidst the gloom of our modern world as we enter the new year.

(Michael Jones)

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