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An early march ride poposed by Alice, Husketeer of this parish. So possibly wet, possibly cold.

It turned out to be cold - but perfect sunshine. I endeavored to get to bed early-ish (about 02:00 seemed good) and set the alarm. As always (sigh) heard the alarm, turned it off, and swung my legs out of bed to find 30 minutes had disappeared.

Never mind, forget the shower, get tea down my neck. A pint of tea later I realised my choice of bikes was limited - only the GP800 would get me to the church on time. Whistled around the M25 at 'ahem' progressive speeds (huge grin!) and managed to just about sober up by the time I arrived at Pratt's Bottom from the east. Note I live many miles to the west - but this was the quickest route for me by far.

A couple of scoots already there, thank goodness, and more gathered as time went on. I filled up my tank and my brain with a 'double-double Espresso' - both of which did their tricks.

What a lovely collection of scoots. I was the real interloper with the GP800, but Bill brought genie's interloper down with genie riding pillion - and not too warm either poor thing. So she asked very nicely if she could ride pillion behind me, as that way her hands wouldn't get so cold. If you want details- ask her! All I can say is that genie is a sack of potatoes. Razz emoticon

So off we set after a very sensible pre-ride briefing from Alice. Everyone rode safely and with very good marking of changes of direction - including NOT marking when the back marker (me+potatoes) loomed behind.

Apparently there was ice on the road in places - I confess I didn't notice it, and didn't ride over any, but hey, it was an adventure.

And what a great route. I've done many of those roads before, but not all of them, so this was a great new joined-up way of getting to the Cock - who did us proud. I'm rather pleased to have snaffled the last portion of the pheasant 'pot' - it was brilliant - tough luck Dave!

Most goodbyes done after lunch - but a few of us went on to the "cider" place (past some llamas and alpacas, but no camel) where I bought some perry, more than half of which has already been consumed.

Great to meet new friends (we suffer those we know Razz emoticon ), may we meet again - and the next time can the holder of the Skok stickers dish a few out?
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I am glad I wasn't the only one not to notice any ice. I thought it was just me and didn't want to disagree with anyone, for fear of coming across as a mindless feck who can't see ice when it's in front of him. Razz emoticon

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Bill and Potatoes Shinkle arrived at ours for some pre ride coffee.

Well, they had coffee. I was busy shouting at a local cat not to shit on the freshly planted euphorbia.

Bill and Potatoes showed a clean pair of heels by the time we got them onto the main road down to Pratts. If you tell Bill he is riding the slowest bike then he sets the controls for the heart of the sun.

A good day's ride but cold, cold, cold and I'm still drinking some of the perry. Envied the llamas their wool.

We even had a good ride back, minus a horsebox... and then Alice invited us in for some defrosting coffee.
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Sounds great... Did anyone take pictures?

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Pictures and a Vid can be found here London MV: Ride A Cock, Sunday March 7th
page 2. supplied by Mark.
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i'm a bit ashamed to admit it but i enjoy riding bitch/potato/pillion. i get lovely views of the countryside without the distraction of having to watch where i'm going. i was an idiot not to wear my warmest trousers - jim, you need to install a bum heater in that gigantic pillion saddle on the GP

apart from the ride itself, the highlight of the day was watching kate shatter the peace of an early sunday morning in east dulwich by storming out into the garden to bawl 'BUGGER OFF' at a ginger cat who was taking an innocent morning dump in the garden.
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Being my first real ride out I wasn't sure what to expect, so i departed at 9:00am to reach Pratts Bottom at 10:00am (He He Bottom!)

I arrived at the petrol station to find I was the first to arrive this was at 10:20 25mins earlie. Had a bacon sandwich as I had not eaten lucky I did eat because we did not reach the cock for another 2 hours.

Just as I was sitting on my bike Alice pulled up at the pump And gave me the nod. After filling up she came over and gave me a warm welcome. Very shortly after Jim pulled up looking very pleased with his 35min trek.

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It was a real fun ride out I could not believe the ice on that stretch of road well I had to it nearly took me off the scoot!.

Love the lamas!!!!!!

Still sipping the cider need more!!

Seen the video the dancing is the best lol!

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Just a little puzzled, what does riding a cock have to do with this ride, or am I missing something?
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From the pub's web-site:

"The Cock Inn is a 16th century coaching inn that takes its name from the bygone era when a spare horse (The Cock Horse) was kept ready at the foot of a steep hill to assist another horse with a heavy load up the hill. Old maps show that there was stabling in the car park area up until the turn of the last century.

The Cock Horse, of course, was immortalised in the favourite children's nursery rhyme that depicted Queen Elizabeth 1 riding into Banbury Cross aboard a large white stallion, after the Queen's carriage had broken a wheel on the steep climb up the hill."

http://www.cockpub.co.uk/
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That was a whoosh then, why am I not surprised.
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From the pub's web-site:

"The Cock Inn is a 16th century coaching inn that takes its name from the bygone era when a spare horse (The Cock Horse) was kept ready at the foot of a steep hill to assist another horse with a heavy load up the hill. Old maps show that there was stabling in the car park area up until the turn of the last century.

The Cock Horse, of course, was immortalised in the favourite children's nursery rhyme that depicted Queen Elizabeth 1 riding into Banbury Cross aboard a large white stallion, after the Queen's carriage had broken a wheel on the steep climb up the hill."

http://www.cockpub.co.uk/


Thank you for answering my question. Very interesting* fact of yesteryear.
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It'd much more preferred if:
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b) You answered immediate replies to your questions.

b) I can understand,
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