Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Bridge too Few

A Bridge too Few
By Andrew Ramsay
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:24
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Sunday Steady 19/04/15


It is unusual to start with 7 at the ‘drome and end up with 9, but joining around Dunsfold were Paul and Graham after a conventional south west outbound via Ockley.  This seemed to ‘gel’ the ride as the benefits of a stronger  group overall became apparent.


Taking advantage of reduced A29 traffic, curtesy the bridge rebuild as a known; an unknown repeat was a bar on the return leg. The road closure proclaimed  by a contract van amplified warning (“there’s no way through  there mate”)  induced a mass  resolve  to enforce the pedestrian right of way irrespective: bonus no  detour.  A culvert was being installed at Run Common Road, north of Cranleigh.   Nearly drome/ home I learned that Flanchford Bridge currently single lane chicane, is soon due for renewal  i.e. at least 2 months or more of diversions.


The weather was kinder than forecast although it was still too cool for shorts for me or most , but  the sun appeared later to grant better views of the Downland/Weald in bud  around Hambledon/Haslemere.  The A286 green fingers café seemed fit for purpose -but has no  cycle park area; so locks to the fence.


After a deflationary pause and repump we regrouped to go via Hambledon and Busbridge Lakes via  a lane allowing views over Winkworth Arboretum and then behind  Cranleigh, where Billy and another Paul (up for the Fred Whitton Challenge)  vectored north for  a spot of hill climbing,  Winterfold and Bar Hatch, separate but  agonising climbs unless you’re fresh and even then!   Nick and I wordlessly decided we were not fresh enough.  

Thanks to all including Bruce, Walter & Chris offering company and wheels to follow in the last quarter and before.  




g.p.s. stats.: 73 miles – 1130 metres  up and down