Saturday, August 12, 2006

Recruitment Drive

Present: Al, Tee, John, Em

"The more the merrier", eh? So with that in mind Tee and Al arranged to meet their pals, John and Em half way between their respective homes (Hambledon and Fareham) to see if they could drum up some TCA subscriptions. John and Em had taken the route much familar to the Founding Fathers, up Mayles Lane from Funtley to Wickham, arriving a little before the tandem team. In true TCA-fashion we went straight to the first pub we could find, The King's Head, for our first pint (above, right).

Leaving Wickham to the north after our beer we headed up-hill following Mill Lane and Frith Lane before the gentle decent down Newman's Hill towards Mislingford. Turning right at the cross roads we then crossed the main A32 before descending the embankment at Upperford Copse to introduce our new recruits to the old faithful railway line (above, left). This was the first time 'off-road' for the tandem too but it coped pretty well on the hard-packed ground, picking up quite a speed; Al taking the brunt of the overhanging foilage impact!

After some pondering about which bridge marked the turn-off for Soberton and the White Lion we eventually located our exit and stopped for another pint in yet another beer garden (above, right). The weather was a little chillier than it had been of late which kept most folk confined to the inside bars so we felt we had the place to ourslves. We decided to head home after our second beer of the afternoon, opting for the more gentle climb up Hambledon Lane from the west rather than endure the drirect northerly approach using the Chalk Hill climb. Thus we pottered back to Hambledon for a barbeque and a few glasses of wine at Al & Tee's gaff.

After staying the night John and Em headed home in the pouring rain [almost converted?], using the railway line again. However, they explained later that (contrary to Al's advice) they had continued down the line past the usual turn-off at Wickham. Eventually the path reaches a dead-end as it meets the still-used main line between Fareham and Winchester. This then requires a u-turn and retracing of steps for a couple of miles, back to Wickham, before joining Mayles Lane again; a mistake Al and Paul had made to their cost years earlier. According the Al's advice the couple then stopped at our regular bike doctors "Cycle Paths" (nee "Action Bikes") in Fareham for a chat about an upgrade to Em's bike. Needless to say it turned out to be an expensive weekend as they walked out of the shop with a brand new GIANT hybrid!

(Posted by: Al)

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6 Comments:

At 11:25 pm, August 22, 2006, Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Simon, It definitely looks as though beer is the most important prerequisite for membership, though I guess that stands to reason since it is in their mission statement!
BB - I hear you're gearing up to take me on? Bring it on baby!!
I wish I was allowed to comment about the lycra though. I thought it was banned in the TCA??? Keep up the good work fellas

 
At 8:48 am, August 23, 2006, Blogger TCA 2006 said...

(1) Lycra is only banned for fellas
(2) John is not (yet) a fully paid up member of the TCA and as such can wear what he likes.
(3) The TCA reserves the right to withdraw this ban if the Founding Fathers undergo significant weight loss.

Al

 
At 10:01 am, August 23, 2006, Blogger TCA 2006 said...

New recruits - good work. This John fella appears to like a good tipple and is sporting a fine paunch - all top TCA attributes. RE(3)above - confirm right to withdraw ban if feeling svelt and or baggy shorts in wash.
Ju's little sis - Bring it on indeed! We will have to arrange something soon.

B.B

 
At 12:16 am, August 24, 2006, Blogger simon said...

Mmnnn.. I think the girls are in better shape than the guys (and perhaps will always remain so ;o)

It seems there is always a crash or two, is there a relationship between pint consumption and the time of such incidents...? Just how many pints are allowed? The last time I consumed a pint of Coopers Ale ( at 6.5%).. I rode down some stairs.. flipping the bike and landing on my back. I was a hero to my sons 6 year old friends.... who thought it was a deliberate stunt....

 
At 9:48 pm, April 12, 2007, Anonymous Em H said...

You'll be pleased to hear since our 'recritment drive' John has given up the lycra for more suitable attire!

 
At 9:53 pm, April 12, 2007, Anonymous Em H said...

...and I should have given up the beer as I've lost the ability to spell 'recruitment'... that's better!

 

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