The weather forecast was looking good and on the forum Dave C had suggested a return visit to the recently discovered Bingo Bongo Dave. With many Moles unavailable because of Mother’s Day, some unwell, and Kev doing something with Mrs S and seaweed in Cornwall, I was relieved to see a few Moles had made it to the Bocketts Car Park.
In fact Karl, Elliot, James and Chris had all avoided any summer time confusion and were ready to make the most of a lovely sunny morning.
We decided to head over to Headley first, have coffee at Pilgrims Cycles, then onto Ranmore to finish the day with BBD. Alsatian was soon dispatched and Life on Mars was starting to dry up nicely as we continued up to the carpark at Headley. A lot of clearing has been going on up on the Heath, so the start of Secret Singletrack was difficult to follow with the landmarks gone, but the rest of it was fast and flowy along the winding singletrack. Another quick climb and we took Gear Selecta – but again with the same problems finding the start with so many landmarks gone.
Next on the agenda was China Pig, but as we crossed the Headley Valley and picked up the road we decided instead to revisit a neglected old favourite – Bat Out of Hell. This was in excellent condition, although it claimed Karl down one gully and then me on an off camber route. But it’s in great condition now and well worth another visit. Unfortunately the price we had to pay was a length treck down the A25 and Pixham Lane over to Box Hill station for a visit to Pilgrim Cycles. The coffee was very good and the welcome was friendly, although there was not the same selection of cakes available at some other stops.
By now time was pressing for those who needed to be back on time for lunchtime, so we took the Denbies tarmac route up to Ranmore, and stayed on the black stuff for the hike over to Crocknorth and a run Down Bingo Bongo Dave. I left the rest of the pack at the A246 and got back home just in time for Mothers Day duties, and I hope everyone else did too.
A bit more roadwork than the Moles normally do on a Sunday, but a lovely day to be out, and plenty of miles covered. Let’s hope for more good weather next weekend.