Sunday, June 9

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#1159 Wonford Sports Centre - Happy Snapper - 9 June 2024

Our hare was lying on the grass when we arrived, relaxing having just laid a trail in the sun. Humpty had joined her, but he doesn't do early mornings, so didn't help with the lay. Spocky had to go and inspect the toilets in the sports centre, and apparently there was a very rusty radiator next to hand dryer, so they didn't score very highly.

Without the GM or his vice, Happy Snapper and Tampa brought the circle together. It was going to be 2 and on, and not too long. A sweetie stop and a few long-shorts. Woodpecker (approaching his 90th birthday) thought he might not get all the way round, but he did!! 

The trail took us on to Ludwell Valley Park, but with an early long-short up on to the road, before rejoining the shorts on the approach to Topsham Road. But then we turned around and headed along Northbrook stream and then taking a right across the footbridge and on to the rolling hills of the park.  As we headed upwards, there was a fish hook that slowed us down, then another long-short, which sneakily took up around the edge of the field, and then straight back to the middle.

Then the sweetie stop, with mango strips and chocolate raisins, before a slow start to the next part of the trail. I needed a wee, and warned an approaching Bollards that I was in the bushes. She didn't expect to find Spocky doing the same a few yards further up, "todaloo"!!

Then down the steep hill that takes us back into the valley basin, and on home, after 4 and a bit miles. 

We sat on the grass with beers and crisps for a while, before looking forward to next week at Exeter Cricket Club on Prince of Wales Road. Bollards and I will be enjoying🍺 🌞 🏖️ so will be thinking of you! 

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On on

Sunday, June 2

#1158 Double Locks - Stix - 2 June 2024

Today's trail was 3 and on, mostly because I laid it on the bike! It was also a bit long for the same reason (Spocky clocked up more than 7 and a half miles!, with the shorts doing 4). But it was flat and sunny! I'd agreed with Happy Snapper that I'd not cross the river, so that her tail from Wonford next week was not affected. So we followed the river up to the swing bridge, and then further past the sewage farm, before taking the lane back towards Exminster. Virtually zero chance of long-shorts and any decent checking up to now but the shorts were less than 10 mins behind by the time we got to the sweetie stop on the track that runs parallel to the bypass up to Matford. Although Spocky and Wilf had done a hilly long up and back down the fields to get them there. Then back through Marsh Barton car dealerships, with a couple of titty checks to add the miles, then along the footpath on the other side of the bypass through the marshes until back at the swing bridge. Then on home along the canal, with a beer or two in the pub to finish. And joined by Brillo (just for the pub!)

On on to next week when we're at Wonford Sports Centre for a trail laid by Happy Snapper.

Sunday, May 26

#1157 Newton Abbot - Brillo - 26 May 2024

The heavy downpours were a feature of today's train, although we managed to avoid the worst of the them on the train.  We hit them just coming over Telegraph Hill, and met them again on the way home.

There was no parking at the venue - bit of a problem - the sports club had installed a new barrier.  So we risked in in the P R I V A T E    C A R    P A R K, but the letters were so spaced out, I didn't notice the work private!

For a while it was just Bollards and me, and the hare, but then Wide & Tight appeared having parked elsewhere, then we spotted WIlf driving past the end of the road.  He'd got lost in Newton Abbot and turned up about 10 mins later.  Happy Snapper had got the bus down becuase her car wouldn't start, and appeared not long after 11.  Then Lady Killer joined us a few minutes into the trail, after getting the train from Crediton.

We had a little loop at the start, which was itself longer that Brillo's previous train ;-).  Then going around the other side of the cricket pitch, then across Exeter Road, and up to Broadlands. From there we headed back down to the River Lemon, with the sweetie stop outside of Asda. Brillo then laid a short train to The Market Gate pub, where we had a pint, before heading home.

It was a 3 and a bit mile trail, which was well marked and managed to see a few parts of Newton Abbot that we'd not seen before!

Next week's trail is from the Double Locks in Exeter.