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Re:23rd april st george's night ride 3 years 7 months ago #581

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I did say that you were very unlikley to turn up (even without having seen this last post), so we headed off at 6.55pm

Bit harsh caling home a hell hole, unless of course 'Hell Hole' is actually a dip in your sofa you've named!

Even Ronnie was out.
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Re:23rd april st george's night ride 3 years 7 months ago #585

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Reckon I fell in "The Hell Hole".

Jeez I was cold at the end.
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Re:23rd april st george's night ride 3 years 7 months ago #587

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Words wouldn't do it justice, Si please post up a few pics
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23rd april st george's night ride 3 years 7 months ago #588

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Si was last seen with the keys to Teresa's Juice room....

Shudders :sick:

Great debrief.
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23rd april st george's night ride 3 years 7 months ago #589

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johne wrote:
Si was last seen with the keys to Teresa's Juice room....

Shudders :sick: Great debrief.

Yep, good fun, didn't expect to be greeted by a live band.

Loved Teresa's "enjoy yourself or fuck off" speech - so funny, the proper spirit of St George!
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Got to the car park knackered and late because I managed to fill our cutlery draw with water after not noticing that my camelbak valve got stuck it in.

Was joined by Dom in an empty carpark but got pointed in the direction everyone left by another rider who was packing up. Managed to find the group at the graveyard, but I fell off the back. Found the group, and later my legs for a great ride - was really nice to be out when its so light at 8pm still. Forest was quick but sketchy in places - thankfully we only had Ronnies 'barely there' chainring technical to deal with.

Highlights were the hike up the Rooty Descent (thanks Si), Miles and the Hell Hole and Teresa on backing vocals covering The Kings of Leon.
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Is anyone else suffering from having been bitten by a thousand mossies or was I just a target due to my coating of sludge?

Legs and arms are covered in bites.
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Yeah me too, I blame having to wait for Ronnie while he played with his chain ring
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Yep loads.

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23rd april st george's night ride 3 years 7 months ago #609

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TommyTank wrote:
Yeah me too, I blame having to wait for Ronnie while he played with his chain ring

Yep, let's all blame Ronnie.
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