The evening of arrival, and Nosher wanders around to get a few scene-setting photos of Lenham itself. This is the churchyard.
The BSCC Bike Ride, Lenham, Kent - 7th-9th May 2004
The pub cycle team decamps for its annual trip away somewhere. This year's trip is courtesy of Apple and Pippa who sort out a 42-mile route starting in Lenham, Kent at the Dog and Bear Hotel and going to Smarden, Tenterden, Sissinghurst, back to Smarden and the return to Lenham (via a staggeringly-steep hill that's around 7 miles long). The weather was slightly gloomy, but at least it wasn't the torrential rain that persisted for all of the previous night and right up until breakfast. However, the scenery was impressive, the villages were picturesque and the beer was good.
next album: May Miscellany: Skelton Festival and Badders - May 2004
previous album: The BBs Recording Session, Pennylane Studios - 25th April 2004
Our base of operations, the Dog and Bear Hotel: nice food, reasonable beer, a diverse clientelle but strangely miserable staff
Phil examines the menu before wandering off to check out the Red Lion pub, down the road a bit
Back in 'The Bear', the world's most expensive stick-game table gets some use...
Sophie from Oop t'North (like Nosher) joins in - having just narrowly survived a welcome snog-attempt from Wavy
Marc pretends to blow Nosher's head off with a two-finger pistol
Ready for dinner...
Marc looks gloomy - but at least the food's arrived
Apple looks perpetually surprised by life
Guv stuffs a profiterole in
Spam and Colin prop up the bar
Sue proves to Jill that she's only drinking water
Phil and Guv sit on the pool table
The morning of the ride: Guv dons his paramedic's hi-viz and a parrot hat (and why not)
Marc expresses surprise as Wavy's vibrating Moo, strapped to the back of his bike, sets off
Jill, Spammy, Al and Colin prepare for the off
First stop, around 8 miles out: the Smarden Bell, in the village of Smarden Bell
A few scenes from the delightful village of Smarden
Just outside the half-way point, and lunch, at Tenterden
Phil and Pip inside The Vines at Tenterden
Bill zonks out as Sue hides from the camera (again)
In the next pub at Sissinghurst
Apple goes through the next set of instructions (it was a bit like a treasure-hunt)
Oast Houses at Sissinghurst.
DH checks out the plaque in the Mediaeval barn
A quaint, octagonal summer-house on the edge of the grounds
DH checks his phone for messages
DH cycles off-road (with pencil-thin racing tyres as well)
Back at the Smarden Bell (the first time round it was closed, this time it was a beer-stop)
Team 'A' head off a bit earlier to brave 'the hill'
Bill drops his trousers to show off a bruise
So Guv reciprocates by showing of a particularly crusty scab
Pip and Apple check out the property section of the papers
A small flock of sheep warily observes Nosher take a photo of the view from half-way up 'the hill of death'
Back at the bridge over the M20, Nosher persuades Guv to pretend to be a Rozzer and scare traffic by waving his parrot hat in the style of a speed radar
DH and Nosher briefly discuss the insanity of modern life whilst watching traffic endlessly stream past
Back in The Dog and Bear for dinner
Marc gets a few zeds on Bill's shoulder
Wavy (plus Adam Ant make-up) offers Caz some of his beer to try. Caz, it would subsequently appear, seems unimpressed by beer.
Breakfast of the morning after