P.S.A.R or Pleasent Sunday Afternoon Ride
Paul and I didn’t get up to early today so a Long ride was out of the question.
After flicking through the map and route guide we settled on a ‘moderate’
(acording to the bike guide book) ride of 14 miles , a circular route from
Goring on the river Thames .
Before we had even left the car park Paul bumped into a guy he works with with
small daughter in tow, neither looked surprised to see the Munis so I guess
Pauls hobby is well known in the office. We headed out of town along side the
river Thames on good packed mud trails on thw wooded river bank, met lots of
families with bikes and the odd rambler, dodgeing the roots and flints kept us
both busy consentrating on the job in hand. As we neared Mapledurham the bridle
road turned to dull tarmac and we headed up hill on a quiet road in serch of
more challenging terain. Quietly wheeling past thatched cottages and fields
scattered with red poppies.
Entering a beech wood the going got tougher, as the ground beneath my wheel got
damper and softer by the minute, hard going and with many a tree root or branch
across the way to be riden over / around/ fallen over. We had a brief rest
leaning on trees and practising our statue impersonations, do all power bars
resemble peanut butter flavor sawdust with glue? or just the ones that are given
While still in the woods we played overtake leapfrog with a pair of bikers
happily they were having the same problems with the soft ground as us and the
tree in the middle of a puddle caused them great difficultly. I got off and
walked round, after all there is no point making life hard for yourself.
Out of the woods at last and the last few miles were boring old tarmac down a
quiet lane, more pretty gardens to look at. Paul looked so hard at one he forgot
to pedel, an ungracefull dismount to front followed. ooops.
Eventully the lane bought us back to edge of Goring. We failed to find
affordable ice creams and went home. Sweaty but happy.14 miles in 2hrs 10