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Dai's Drivel

13th July 2011

SHIPPING FORECAST-ISSUED 1625 UTC WED 13 JULY

WIND: VARIABLE, MAINLY NORTHWESTERLY,BACKING WESTERLY LATER,3 OR 4, OCCASIONALLY 5 IN THE EAST LATER

SEA STATE: SLIGHTLY MODERATE

WEATHER: MAINLY FAIR

VISIBILITY: GOOD

With that outlook a good ride out was on the cards with 23 riders turning up.

1830 warming through engines, turning gear in .

1845 Departed Legion

1846 Half ahead up through the woods towards the Maenllwyd, unfortunately as we had some distance to go we didn't drop anchor but carried on past.

1930 Full away down the Drop of Death. There were a few refusals: Gordon, Frenchie and Kev the Plane. There is now a new ditch at the bottom of the Drop where EV(friend of James) took a dive after heeding the advice of 'Keep your weight over the front and use the front brake' . With all that taken on board he hurtled downwards faster than the dying moments of the Titanic with the same results.After his tumble he must have had a bent propellor shaft as he soon left the fleet and headed back to his home port taking James with him.

2010 Dead slow ahead up the Ridgeway and increased speed to Full ahead down to the dip near the Traveller's Rest where Gordon showed us his technique for road riding which consisted at going as slow as possible up the climb towards the Burger van.

2020 Into the woods and onto a rairly ridden trail and down onto the Track behind the recently refurbished (to Caerphilly standards anyway) house. Riders started to feel the pressure a bit by now and need to take on fuel was becoming apparent with low level alarms going off.

2030 The need for bunkers called for a a bit of fuel saving so it was half ahead back up the mountain a bit to gain some height in order to drop down towards Pescies. You should of heard the moans and groans!

2045 Dead stop at the Fisherman's after a cheeky little descent before Van Road and then up and behind Van Manor for Full Away in order to place orders for Fuel (cider, lager and crisps)

2110 Full service speed back to the TA

2120 Arrival TA, dead stop, Drop Anchor and engines shut down.

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