David went on Bill’s ride to Towcester and writes as follows. He also took the pictures!
Bill led the annual ride to the A5 Rangers’ Cycle Jumble Sale at their clubhouse in Towcester. This year we had a cold start but it was sunny through out the day: a respite from the record-breaking daily rainfall and gale-force winds we have had on the last few rides.
The club served tea and cake and the stalls had many vintage bicycle parts to buy. Some of us bought super sized pannier racks and struggled to put them in our pannier bags! I purchased a tool wallet, containing many useful tools, which will be easier to travel with. Max got large handlebars to enable him to breathe better whilst cycling.
One of the stalls
An interesting table top
Three of us returned back together to Northampton, passing a buzzard sitting on a hedge watching a earthy field for prey. It promptly flew away as we passed by!
We’ve got off relatively lightly with the weather of late, in comparison with other parts of the country, but it’s not exactly been lovely for cycling this week. And we scheduled a ride to Towcester for the A5 Rangers cycle parts, extras and “jumble” sale this Sunday …
Well, I’m pleased to say that the forecast is looking pretty good for the day itself and Bill still intends to lead this ride. Here’s what he has to say:
The ride is just a straight out and return – approx 25-30 miles.
There is the usual tea and cake at the A5 Rangers club house plus attempts to pick up stuff from the jumble sale etc.
I will be there as per normal even if weather inclement.
It’s usually a good opportunity to stock up on consumables for the year as well – and you can stay as long or as short as you like in Towcester, if you’re happy to make your own way back.
One other note from Bill:
leave 9.30 a.m. … sharp
See you Sunday, 9.30 a.m. (sharp!), Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ.
For CTC Northampton, our “parent group” is CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes. This is the parent group for CTC Kettering and CTC Milton Keynes as well as ourselves.
On Sunday 4th November, our parent group holds its AGM at the A5 Rangers Club-room on Watling Street in Towcester at 10.30 a.m. We meet for refreshments at 10.00 a.m. and, when the meeting is over at noon, we go for lunch to “The Butcher’s Arms” in Greens Norton.
If you would like to cycle to the meeting from Northampton, there will be a ride led by Bill Simpson starting at Hunsbury Hill Library (Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ) at 9.00 a.m. Bill can be contacted on 07736 600858. We will cycle from the meeting to Greens Norton and cycle home after lunch.