Sunday 23 December 2012

Dorset Miles, Bear Cross Sunday Ride

The last Sunday in advent saw eight of us at Bear Cross for the pre-Christmas ride and the roads were already busy with the righteous. Straight to Gravel Hill, Ashington, Corfe Mullen, then descending Pardy’s it’s the usual route out to Lytchett Matravers, then on to East Morden, across the busy A35, Sandford and into Wareham. Jurassic Cabs sponsored the Purbeck Road Race back in August and it was one of their drivers who slowed down to tell us the causeway across to Stoborough was flooded, catching up with him at the traffic lights he started to talk about bacon sarnies! It was unexpected and all the nicer for that, other car drivers would speak to us today but it was mostly snarling & swearing. A detour onto the A351 and the seasonally decorated ghost bike in memory of the late Rob Jefferies reminded us of how lucky we are. Creech, East Creech, Cocknowle, Church Knowle, sunshine, blue sky and we were looking up at Corfe Castle. Straight across and up Rempstone Hill to the lookout and the golf course, the sweeping descent to Swanage is good fun and a hundred or so motorcyclists on the seafront gave us a wave as we headed towards Langton Matravers, it’s a good climb and a selection was made. Altogether again, we were now looking down on the castle, the drop down from Kingston is quick and we were soon back in the village looking up. Retracing to Cocknowle and all the way back to Holton Heath, then left to Organford and back to Lytchett, a rear wheel puncture at Stony Down was soon fixed before climbing back up Pardy’s. Oakley, Canford Magna, Bearwood, Kinson, Northbourne and the living nightmare that is Castle Lane. 4hrs 05

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