Sat 10 April 2010: short ride around Kidlington

It was an absolutely glorious afternoon for cycling: a blue sky and the warm temperature resulted in plenty of legs and arms being bared at last! 15 Isis Cyclists assembled outside M&S in Summertown and set off along cycle tracks and quiet roads in a northerly direction. After crossing the ring road using the Cutteslowe cycle bridge, we rode alongside the Kidlington road for a bit before turning along the bridle track through the hamlet of Watereaton and on to Kidlington. We weaved our way carefully through Kidlington before emerging on Sandy Lane. Here we took a track that proved to be a bit rough, but happily it was a challenge that all the riders were up to. The tea stop, at The Turnpike Inn, Yarnton, soon came into view and we sat in the garden and basked in the sun. Several people looked rather worried when I appeared from the pub with a large beer in my hand, but it was just a shandy…honest! Several rather nice looking puddings were also consumed. After a very pleasant break we got on our bikes and returned to Oxford along the canal. More weather like this please! The ride leader was Ellen Lee and sweeper was Marion Windsor.

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