Author Topic: FNRttS or Oxford to London (Acton) overnight (or the Lun Run) Friday 3rd of July  (Read 3589 times)

Kim

  • Timelord
I have half a plan to join you for this.  I would appreciate a copy of the route so that I have something to beep at me.

Good stuff!
I hope to plot the route after lunch tomorrow and will post it.  We will ride as a group anyhow so nobody should get lost, but it's nice to know where you're heading. :-)

This ride does have form for people getting lost, too...   :-[
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

I have half a plan to join you for this.  I would appreciate a copy of the route so that I have something to beep at me.

Good stuff!
I hope to plot the route after lunch tomorrow and will post it.  We will ride as a group anyhow so nobody should get lost, but it's nice to know where you're heading. :-)

This ride does have form for people getting lost, too...   :-[
Several times!  But hopefully we're getting better .... You coming along?

Kim

  • Timelord
You coming along?

Yup!  Said so up there somewhere...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...


Route is here!
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8807812

Final destination is here:
http://www.cafepaolo.co.uk/home.html

Please PM me for an exchange of mobile phone numbers.
We depart Oxford Station on the stroke of Midnight (after singing 'Happy Birthday' to Shaun).

Roll call:

Topcat
Slowmotion
dibdib
Kim
Moltonaught
Matt C (75%)
Jethro
JonBuoy
Adam (+2?)
Andy K
John B
Jonathon B
Chris 'B' H
Shaun C (Birthday Boy)
Maurice A?

Yee Haa!

Andrij, Clarion et al, see you for bangers  :-)

Weather forecast for Friday night/Sat morning has improved significantly!  Somebody loves us :-)
It will be warm all night though ....

sorry but I'm now out.

Enjoy the ride though.

Kim

  • Timelord
Setting off for Mordor Central shortly...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Setting off for Mordor Central shortly...

Goody!
We've got a 15 y/olds party going on in the house at the moment .... it's hardly relaxing preparation ....
Be glad to get to Oxford!
See ya later.
FF

sorry but I'm now out.

Enjoy the ride though.

Bummer!
Another time  :-)

Kim

  • Timelord
And we're at Paulo's.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
My body is in Paolo's... Brain is still a mile or two back up the road.

Well done all of you  :thumbsup: .I hope you all had a good ride  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Andrij

  • Андрій
  • Ερασιτεχνικός μισάνθρωπος
Oops.

Set alarm.  Alarm went off.  I woke up thinking "why is the alarm ringing at this hour?!", switched it off and went back to sleep.   :-[ :-[

Sorry I missed you.  Hope you had a good ride.
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

What a splendid night!
Firstly thanks for all that came and rode, a group that naaturally flowed along the road in good spirits.

Oxford station was unusually undramatic, the toilets worked and people were generally milling around with intent to catch trains.  The departure from Oxford via the Cowley road was mellifluous despite *ahem* an enthusiastic jumping of a red .....  It was coming to the end of the Cowley road that I thought I spied the first flashes in the sky.
Out on the road proper towards Horsepath the flashes became more obvious and they were loitering in the general direction of travel.

Wheatley reigned supreme for wildlife this night, broken glass being swept from the road before us and a woman who left the outside the pub to run alongside me for a chat (soon followed by a possible suitor).  Now for a girl who didn't run for a hobby and was not gifted with a long stride, she fair shifted and in her mildy narcoleptic state managed a pretty coherent discussion over 100m of Wheatley high street about what we were doing this time of night etc, etc.
Thame dissapointed, it just did ... even the kebab wagon had packed by the time we arrived around 1:30.  But enough of wildlife for now.  Prior to arrival in Thame the heavens they did open and the lightning did flash mightily.  As the stair-rods ensued I spied a suitable hedge to dive under to liberate some waterproofs.  As soon as they were donned, the rain stopped and we then reversed the donning process immediately without leaving (the admittedly crap shelter of the hedge I'd chosen).  Around Thame the roads were wet, but we only suffered one other short-sharp shower where we manned-up and took it like .... well, like er .... men.
As prescribed, we met Moltonaught as we exited Thame and headed onwards to Chinnor hill, which was a grind as usual.  Strangely silent though, no Badgers and absolutely no dogs barking .... spookey.
High Wycombe caused a moment of brief panic when it seems one of our number in a moment of joyous bonhomie did alarm a local resident who verily did come amongst us spoiling for a fight.  How he didn't get run over I shall never know.

Beaconsfield services provided sustenance.

Then onwards to Londinium via the winding and gravel strewn single tracks of Welders lane et al.  By this time the big light switch in the sky had been activated and the world looked a different place.  Due to the time of year it was notably lighter earlier and with an early morning fog was quite magical in places.
The sharp bend was flooded, the terminal moraine all but washed away.
Another of our number managed to lose a nut somewhere around The Chalfonts.  The nut and associated bolt or pin being the one that held his brake lever in place .... this being a single-speed with only one brake (naughty) was a tad worrysome.  However, the truly capable Kim leapt into action with bolts, nuts and tools to make a 'proper-job'.  Every ride in the night, in the middle of sleeping nowhere needs a resourceful Kim in it's midst.
The final leg into London past the Jurek bus shelter and other landmarks of note passed gently and unremarkably.  Having some new to this route could also chuckle at 'Fine Bush Lane' and Ladygate road being in close proximity.
Paolos was attained and humongous brekkies consumed heartily by all.

A good night out, good company, lots of giggles and some spectacular aif a little scary heavenly fireworks.  We needn't have worried, had one of us been struck by lightening .... Kim would have fixed us up with the contents of her saddle-bag. ;D

Cheers Y'all.  Time for a kip.


Kim

  • Timelord
Point of order - I womaned[1] up and took the second downpour like someone who was considering, but hadn't yet got round to, removing her gilet and rainlegs.   :P

Also, a badger - presumed to be Sonic - was sighted lying in the verge looking suspiciously dead at the foot of Chinnor Hill.  (Apologies to Moultonaught for pointing this out in an alarmingly ambiguous manner.)  Perhaps the hounds met a similar fate?

Otherwise, as above really.  Temperature of 18-19Cish for most of the night (it got down to 17C at one point).  Extremely humid, with condensation on everything, but that adds up to reasonably comfortable cycling conditions when you're not in direct sunlight.  I'm a lot more dehydrated than I thought I was.

Lots of lovely fresh tarmac in the High Wycombe area.  Someone appears to have molished a decent segregated cycle lane out of K-rails on the annoying flyover bit.

I lost track of the list of things that were declared cool, but it included:  Heavy touring recumbents (hmm); SPD sandals (I'm sorry - sandals are never cool.  Practical, comfortable and appropriate, sure but not cool); tan lines (just no); titanium bikes (fair enough); DI2 (no arguments there); and M5 bolts (I reckon this is all about the context).


[1] Incidentally, this ride failed the cycling equivalent of the Bechdel Test, in that there were fewer women than people called John
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Sounds like a good time was had.  :) I wondered if you'd experienced any thunderstorm activity, having had a few rumbles overhead here.  Perhaps I'll be able to make it next time around.
Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.  EOW.

From topcat1:

Quote from: topcat1, post: 3779213, member: 497
Wot Fab said ^^ with bells on.

Thankyou Kevin for an excellent night ride, guys if you're missing the FNRTTC, this has everything going to fill that full moon hunger.

I've spent every day for the last 2 weeks riding up to the ballet school in Richmond park ( due to the off in april my right knee has taken longer to recover, so the plan was to ride any hill slowly for the first half and then push hard the second half ) it worked Chinnor was a breeze I rode it in one go.

I have some pics
https://flic.kr/s/aHskeUmWpj

funny........While waiting for the regroup just before High Wycombe with Kim one of the riders says to me "you've got Dura Ace " to which i nodded then" whizz waar"  "  You've got DI2" in the highest pitched voice i've ever heard a man make.

Kevin,Kim, guys thankyou
tc1

can someone link the pics over the road please
Great photos Dave!

Thanks for coming along, good to see you :-)

EDIT:link posted on yacf

Cudzoziemiec

  • Solar powered, tea fuelled cycle-wol
Another of our number managed to lose a nut somewhere around The Chalfonts.
Fnarrr!
A cup of tea is the perfect bridge between real life and cake.

Another of our number managed to lose a nut somewhere around The Chalfonts.
Fnarrr!
I thank you!

Another of our number managed to lose a nut somewhere around The Chalfonts.
Fnarrr!
I thank you!

clarion

  • Tyke
Sorry I didn't turn out.  I realised I didn't have enough money for breakfast. :(

Glad it was a good ride :thumbsup:
Getting there...

Thanks FF - I really enjoyed this.  You did a grand job herding us cats.

I particularly enjoyed the light show and the way that the rain kept teasing us without properly drenching us.  The bacon butties in Paolo's were good too!

Apologies for sloping off at the end but my bed overlooking the Serpentine was calling me.

Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Is that the ISS bus shelter?
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