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Post  bobh Fri Sep 06 2013, 15:15

I decided to use what may well have been the last day of proper summer to do a first recce of the reverse route.  And this time Fish Hill was devoid of ****s in overloaded Kia Picanto's clogging up the overtaking lane.

Well, it's not exactly the reverse of last time's route.  In fact a lot of it will be different, but hopefully just a enjoyable.  And this time, as there should be a bit less tourist stuff about, we can go through one or two more picturesque places that I avoided previously.

I'll stick with my proposal to start at Hein Gericke Oxford (actually about 5 miles west of Oxford on the A40, but still reasonably accessible and findable).  But that does involve a fairly long first leg - about 50 miles and 1 1/2 hours - to a decent coffee stop, which is at a farm shop a little to the west of Stow-on-the Wold.  Not the cheapest, but the cake is worth the trip and there is plenty of outdoor seating.

Then we'll go via Chipping Camden and up Fish Hill to Broadway Tower.  That's only about another half-hour's riding, but it will still take us to about 12:30, and I got the impression that most felt it was a good place to stop for lunch, as well as having a good view.

Then the last leg will meander down through Guiting Power and Andoversford and we can get some fuel near Cirencester (where the south-western brigade can peel off if they wish) before a final blast up through Bibury to finish at the same pub by the River Windrush as last time - again, plenty of space to sit outside.

I'll be doing a couple more runs to firm up on the exact route for the bits around Chipping Camden and Guiting Power - when I did it yesterday I used some fairly twiddly roads and there may be better alternatives that need to be checked out.

I just hope the weather is as kind at the end of October as it was two weeks ago.


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Post  0ldcat Wed Sep 25 2013, 21:09

Somehow I either missed this thread . . . or because of the (prescribed) meds coloured eyes  it slipped my mind.

However, . . If I'm not still a broken wing, I shall do my bestist to be there this time Bob [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post  mrfrance Wed Sep 25 2013, 21:23

Thanks for reviving this Tel I think I missed this too!

If you're planning another recce Bob let know if you want some company!

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Post  Radar Wed Sep 25 2013, 21:45

I could be up for the run on the 26th
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Post  stevemcc Thu Sep 26 2013, 00:24

Damn it I'm on nights that weekend, although I may catch up somewhere later post lunch break
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Post  stretchie_ Thu Sep 26 2013, 11:16

Can't do this now, got a wedding to go to..... Not only going to it but catering too Smile
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Post  weasley Thu Sep 26 2013, 12:13

As last time, very interested but dependent on circumstance. I am expecting to move into our newly-renovated house some time before or around that weekend, so may be neck-deep in boxes. I may either need a stress-busting run-out or be forbidden from leaving until it is straight.
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Post  alleycat Thu Oct 03 2013, 17:55

Im in Bob Very Happy 
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Post  Radar Thu Oct 03 2013, 20:22

Villa at home, so I can't make it now. I can't believe you don't know our fixtures!green smile 
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Post  mrfrance Thu Oct 03 2013, 21:23

I can't make this now bugger! I'm coming back from Turkey on this day. Sorry, hope you all have a good ride and the weather holds out.
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Post  MrNutt Fri Oct 04 2013, 00:21

I can't make this either sadly my lady is coming for the weekend...sadly i cant persuade her to go pillion!

Hopefully you have another good run, if theres a winter one or a new year run I will try my upmost to be free for that!

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Post  bobh Sat Oct 12 2013, 21:08

Due to unforeseen family circumstances I can't make the original date so I've scheduled this for a week later -which means it'll be GMT and start to get dark in the middle of the afternoon - arrgh.

Apologies to everyone.
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Post  0ldcat Sun Oct 13 2013, 07:37

Hi Bob,

I have already PM'd you with a note form my mum  Embarassed Smile 

But that date also moves the event squarely into Poppy-tide and mostly over that period you'll see me and my former colleagues up and down the country doing our bit (again), in an establishment somewhere near you, for the Poppy Appeal [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.].

So my apologies, but I shall be unable to attend the V2.0 Cotswolds' ride . . . . You all have a good day now though, and wrap up well.

Regards & Ride Safe
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Post  MrNutt Sun Oct 13 2013, 09:41

Ah due to your change in plans now , I can now attend hopefully....unless something else comes up!
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Post  weasley Sun Oct 13 2013, 11:01

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Best dig out the thermals.
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Post  0ldcat Sun Oct 13 2013, 15:28

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Post  Radar Sun Oct 13 2013, 18:23

Provided it is not too cold/snowing the 2nd ice age etc I will see what I can do to join in
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Post  bobh Mon Oct 14 2013, 11:48

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It had better not - I've got a track day booked for the 4th! confused 
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Post  Guest Fri Oct 18 2013, 12:54

Wasn't going to be able to make 26th due to rellies changing their half term plans but may, just may, be able to make 2nd (weather dependent of course sunny  ) Happy days
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Post  bobh Sat Oct 26 2013, 21:17

A quick reminder - one week to go.

Enjoy your extra hour in bed tomorrow morning! censored
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Post  MrNutt Tue Oct 29 2013, 18:26

not to put a downer on things but weathers not looking very clever currently (though things may change!) I will be a weather dependent rider for this

assuming it all still goes ahead
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Post  bobh Tue Oct 29 2013, 21:11

For anyone who might still be thinking of coming along, just a reminder that I/we will be starting off at 10 am sharp from Hein Gericke's "Oxford" branch, which is actually on the A40 at Eynsham, several miles west of Oxford city, postcode OX29 4EN.

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Turn in through the petrol station on the eastern side of the Eynsham roundabout.  So no excuse for an empty tank, then.
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Post  MrNutt Wed Oct 30 2013, 19:09

I sadly won't be able to attend now due to being called into work on Saturday afternoon.

Hope the ride goes well and that the weathers good for you all

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Post  Radar Fri Nov 01 2013, 16:08

I can't make it either sorry. Hoping to get out briefly on Sunday
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Post  Guest Fri Nov 01 2013, 19:11

'fraid I have to bow out as well Bob, sorry. Hope you all have a good one.

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