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The BSCC Annual Bike Ride, Lenham, Kent - 8th May 2004

The pub cycle team decamps for its annual trip away somewhere, which this year is courtesy of Apple and Pippa who sort out a 42-mile route starting in Lenham at the Dog and Bear Hotel - complete with strangely-miserable staff - and going to Smarden, Tenterden, Sissinghurst and back to Smarden, with a return to Lenham via a staggeringly-steep hill that's around seven 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: A Trip Around Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent - 9th May 2004
previous album: The BBs Recording Session, Badminton and the Skelton Festival, Diss and Eye, Suffolk - 25th April 2004

2004 Scene-setting around Lenham, in the churchyard

Scene-setting around Lenham, in the churchyard

2004 A nice little row of cottages

A nice little row of cottages

2004 Lenham restaurants

Lenham restaurants

2004 Our base - the Dog and Bear Hotel

Our base - the Dog and Bear Hotel

2004 Gov and Wavy

Gov and Wavy

2004 We look out over the market square/car park

We look out over the market square/car park

2004 We head off to the next-door Red Lion

We head off to the next-door Red Lion

2004 The Boy Phil scopes a menu out

The Boy Phil scopes a menu out

2004 Back in The Bear, we play the world's most expensive Stick Game

Back in The Bear, we play the world's most expensive Stick Game

2004 Sophie from Up North cues up

Sophie from Up North cues up

2004 Sophie and DH

Sophie and DH

2004 Wavy gets the stick in

Wavy gets the stick in

2004 Spammy looks up

Spammy looks up

2004 Nosher in some sort of Beatles jacket

Nosher in some sort of Beatles jacket

2004 Marc does a sideways v-sign

Marc does a sideways v-sign

2004 Alan's got a hot chip

Alan's got a hot chip

2004 Apple looks perpetually surprised

Apple looks perpetually surprised

2004 Marc looks glum

Marc looks glum

2004 At the bar

At the bar

2004 Spam and Colin share a joke

Spam and Colin share a joke

2004 The Boy Phil and Gov

The Boy Phil and Gov

2004 Nosher and The Boy Phil

Nosher and The Boy Phil

2004 Next morning, we gets the bikes ready

Next morning, we gets the bikes ready

2004 Gov's got a parrot hat on

Gov's got a parrot hat on

2004 The Sagas get their bikes sorted

The Sagas get their bikes sorted

2004 We stop off at the Smarden Bell

We stop off at the Smarden Bell

2004 Bikes in the car park of the Bell, Smarden

Bikes in the car park of the Bell, Smarden

2004 A group photo outside the pub, which is closed

A group photo outside the pub, which is closed

2004 Picturesque houses of Smarden

Picturesque houses of Smarden

2004 Looking up to the church

Looking up to the church

2004 The bikes get going again

The bikes get going again

2004 Just outside the half-way point, and lunch, at Tenterden

Just outside the half-way point, and lunch, at Tenterden

2004 The Boy Phil and Pippa in The Vines, Tenterden

The Boy Phil and Pippa in The Vines, Tenterden

2004 Jill, Spam and Alan

Jill, Spam and Alan

2004 Spammy and Alan in the Vines

Spammy and Alan in the Vines

2004 Apple checks the instructions for the next section of the ride

Apple checks the instructions for the next section of the ride

2004 Classic Kentish Oast Houses at Sissinghurst

Classic Kentish Oast Houses at Sissinghurst

2004 A Kent garden in Sissinghurst

A Kent garden in Sissinghurst

2004 A curious octagonal summer house perched on the river

A curious octagonal summer house perched on the river

2004 Dh checks his phone

Dh checks his phone

2004 DH goes a bit off road

DH goes a bit off road

2004 Back at the Smarden Bell, which is now open

Back at the Smarden Bell, which is now open

2004 Jill, Alan and Spam

Jill, Alan and Spam

2004 Bill gets his legs out to show off some sort of insect bite

Bill gets his legs out to show off some sort of insect bite

2004 Gov shows off a scar

Gov shows off a scar

2004 DH lights a fag

DH lights a fag

2004 Pippa and Apple check the property pages

Pippa and Apple check the property pages

2004 The Boy Phil and Bill read a 'newspaper'

The Boy Phil and Bill read a 'newspaper'

2004 A misty Kent view, half way up the 'Hill of Death'

A misty Kent view, half way up the 'Hill of Death'

2004 Gov pretends to be a traffic rozzer on a bridge over the M20

Gov pretends to be a traffic rozzer on a bridge over the M20

2004 DH ponders the insanity of modern life

DH ponders the insanity of modern life

2004 Jill, Colin and Pippa at dinner

Jill, Colin and Pippa at dinner

2004 Marc has a nap on Bill's shoulder

Marc has a nap on Bill's shoulder

2004 Carolyn and Apple

Carolyn and Apple

2004 Wavy has some sort of 'Adam and the Ants' thing going on

Wavy has some sort of 'Adam and the Ants' thing going on

2004 Apple's surprised again

Apple's surprised again

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Scene-setting around Lenham, in the churchyard

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