Sunday, 12 July 2015

Anyone who stayed at home because of the weather, missed a great day out, todays 'deepest Devon run' was Keith's to organise and lead and what a cracker it was, there was a great route, good company and an excellent venue for the lunch break. Course being latterly from the training fraternity, Keith decided we should all practice our riding in the rain skills so he arranged some of it to fall on us most of the morning!, we must have done ok as he switched it off for the afternoon. In his pre run briefing, Keith advised us that the lanes after Down St Mary were a bit windy, what he neglected to tell us was that all the horses with bowel movement problems had used those lanes that very morning!. There were 13 riders who left Bickleigh Mill after a nice cuppa, there would have been more but I understand that 2 riders from the North had to give up with water in the electrics, one apparently a BMW!. Keith decided against leading us past the Castle on the way out as he thought the road to badly silted so we found our way climbing out to Cadeleigh, there are some nice views here but not today. Pennymore, Thelbridge and Black Dog were ridden through, I like these names, they are so Devonshire!, then we went on to Morchard road and Down St Mary and Hatherleigh before arriving at the Bull and Dragon at Meeth, here we were greeted very well and served with an excellent meal. The afternoon run took us over the Umberleigh switch backs before arriving back at the Corn Dolly for a final cuppa and split for the homeward journey. Thanks to Keith for the excellent run, to Mike for his usual signing on duties and to Ray for agreeing to ride back marker with me, now the next run is next Monday evening 20th for a meet at the Anchor in Exebridge, then August 9th at The Black Cat for the Social run, hope you can make it folks.
Keith wondering how many will come

He's smiling they've come!

Hats on, let's go

Do we have to leave the coffee shop?

Well Ian's eager to go