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10 December. Viagra ride. 21 miles.

So who popped a Viagra pill into Maurice’s battery this evening? Or was it just that he was in a hurry for a pint of Trelawney in the Tally Ho! and pressed the full pelt button on his e-bike? Or was it just the fading light at this time of year? Whatever it was, the four other Windmillers who thought they were out for a gentle ride had trouble keeping up.

The light was reasonable as Maurice set off burning rubber from the Tally Ho! in Barkway at 2.30pm, hotly pursued by Andrew, Sandra, Simon and Martin. The route was a figure of 8 via Anstey, Brent Pelham, Meesden, Roast Green, Stickling Green, Clavering, Arkesden, Duddenhoe End, the Langleys and back via Meesden:

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There was hardly time to admire the landscape let alone ponder over whether it was a pair of buzzards or red kites flying overhead. By the time we reached Clavering we had a moving average of 13.2mph, about 3.0 higher than usual. A few hills then ensued but by the end of the ride the average was still 12.7mph.

Following on from last week’s encounter with dogs, word must have got around the local dog population that the Windmillers were worth racing. Just after Langley Upper Green a young Labrador raced across a field ready to chase Simon but gave up when he realised Simon was doing about 25mph trying to keep up with Maurice. Sandra saw none of this happen as she was up front trying to dodge large deer leaping out of the hedgerow in front of her.

Skidding left by The Bull at Lower Langley and then sliding round the next right like a track bike, Maurice tore up the hill towards Meesden on full power leaving the others gasping for breath. Whizzing by the junction we had passed earlier and with the light fading we were then treated to a wonderful sunset, but there was no time to stop and capture it! But, finally, Maurice just had to ease up for a call of nature and so the remaining four were able to cruise past and get back to the Tally Ho! first.

Saleesha pulled some very good pints of Trelawney and it was good to see Sally turning up for duty smartly dressed in a Santa woolly outfit. Rumour has it that Sally might be thinking of joining us for a ride sometime.

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Feckin eejits enjoying a pint in the Tally Ho!

Thanks, of sorts, go to Maurice for planning the route and leading the way. Only joking, Maurice! It was a great ride which allowed us to shed a few extra calories in time to put them all back on again with a vengeance at the Christmas lunch on Wednesday. And thanks of course to Deputy Dawg Andrew too for his organisation, not only for today but throughout a very enjoyable and successful 2018, with a few more rides still to go.

Martin

PS A printed version of this year’s blog will once again be produced early in 2019. The cost is unknown yet but, depending on numbers, should be in the region of £25 – £30 all being well. Place your orders now! Please contact: martin.woodhead1@btinternet.com

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