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The BSCC Charity Bike Ride, Walberswick, Suffolk - 9th July 2005

It's that time of year when the Brome Swan Cycle Club does its long(ish)-distance cycle ride for charity, this year returning to the picturesque village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast - some 28 miles away from "base", and thus a 56-mile round trip. The route goes out through Brome, Hoxne, Cratfield, Heveningham, Walpole, Bramfield and Wenhaston, where we stop at the Star Inn for a few early beers but have to wait for it to open as the landlords had gone out to get some potatoes. After that, we skirt the edge of Blythburgh before crossing the A12 and heading to the sea. After lunch, and a few more beers at the Walberswick Bell, it's time to crash out on the beach and doze for a few hours. The return trip has some "splinter-group" stop-offs; firstly at the Huntingfield Arms, and then the Cratfield Poacher.

next album: Steve Ives' Leaving Lunch, Science Park, Cambridge - 11th July 2005
previous album: Coldplay Live at Crystal Palace, Diss Publishing and Molluscs, Diss and London - 28th June 2005

2005 The Thursday before, in the Thorndon Black Horse

The Thursday before, in the Thorndon Black Horse

2005 Colin in the Black Horse

Colin in the Black Horse

2005 Wavy and Bill at the bar

Wavy and Bill at the bar

2005 There's a stop to check we're going the right way

There's a stop to check we're going the right way

2005 Bill does some tyre pumping

Bill does some tyre pumping

2005 Spammy's on the bananas

Spammy's on the bananas

2005 Jill sits and waits

Jill sits and waits

2005 Colin and the gang wait for the pub to open

Colin and the gang wait for the pub to open

2005 At the bar of the Star

At the bar of the Star

2005 Apple looks out of the window all atmospherically

Apple looks out of the window all atmospherically

2005 Jill waits for a gin or something

Jill waits for a gin or something

2005 Apple gives Pip some of his nuts

Apple gives Pip some of his nuts

2005 Bill with a pint

Bill with a pint

2005 Spammy sits alone

Spammy sits alone

2005 More of the gang outside the Star

More of the gang outside the Star

2005 Spammy has a nice, hot, cup of tea

Spammy has a nice, hot, cup of tea

2005 Bill manages to clonk his head on a nearby hanging basket

Bill manages to clonk his head on a nearby hanging basket

2005 Wavy turns up hours later

Wavy turns up hours later

2005 The path to the pub is a bit overgrown

The path to the pub is a bit overgrown

2005 The 'Saga group' heads off to Walberswick

The 'Saga group' heads off to Walberswick

2005 Wavy catches up on beer

Wavy catches up on beer

2005 Shortly, the rest of the 'fast' group turn up, by way of an emergency stop for pasties and sausage rolls

Shortly, the rest of the 'fast' group turn up, by way of an emergency stop for pasties and sausage rolls

2005 DH walks past Marc's abandoned bicycle

DH walks past Marc's abandoned bicycle

2005 Ninja M and Paul

Ninja M and Paul

2005 Bill pretends to have breasts (again)

Bill pretends to have breasts (again)

2005 Bill manages to balance a pint on his 'breasts'

Bill manages to balance a pint on his 'breasts'

2005 The late team, and what looks like a field of set-aside

The late team, and what looks like a field of set-aside

2005 DH, Marc and Bill

DH, Marc and Bill

2005 Wavy on the steps of the pub

Wavy on the steps of the pub

2005 Paul looks around at the Walberswick Bell

Paul looks around at the Walberswick Bell

2005 Wavy nods off

Wavy nods off

2005 Colin in the sun

Colin in the sun

2005 The Bell's beer garden

The Bell's beer garden

2005 Bill brings some pints back from the bar

Bill brings some pints back from the bar

2005 Bill has a sleep

Bill has a sleep

2005 Wavy finds a nice cushion to sit on

Wavy finds a nice cushion to sit on

2005 Salad dressing in a fancy brandy bottle looks disturbing somehow

Salad dressing in a fancy brandy bottle looks disturbing somehow

2005 Suey lobs a small stone at the sea

Suey lobs a small stone at the sea

2005 Wavy roams around with an ice cream

Wavy roams around with an ice cream

2005 The gang on the beach

The gang on the beach

2005 Ninja M dozes on the beach

Ninja M dozes on the beach

2005 Looking up to Blackshore in Southwold

Looking up to Blackshore in Southwold

2005 Marc and Bill have a wrestle

Marc and Bill have a wrestle

2005 Bill makes a sandcastle

Bill makes a sandcastle

2005 More sleeping

More sleeping

2005 Bill finds the sea a bit cold

Bill finds the sea a bit cold

2005 Marc brings more ice creams

Marc brings more ice creams

2005 The Boy Phil

The Boy Phil

2005 Marc does something to DH's feet

Marc does something to DH's feet

2005 Marc drags Bill off to the sea

Marc drags Bill off to the sea

2005 DH heads off

DH heads off

2005 On the crabbing bridge

On the crabbing bridge

2005 A tiny window

A tiny window

2005 On the way back, whilst pausing for hiccups, some horses ride by near Bramfield

On the way back, whilst pausing for hiccups, some horses ride by near Bramfield

2005 Heveningham Hall prepares for its open day

Heveningham Hall prepares for its open day

2005 The endless fence around Heveningham Hall

The endless fence around Heveningham Hall

2005 Wavy in the evening sun in the garden of the Huntingfield Arms

Wavy in the evening sun in the garden of the Huntingfield Arms

2005 Outside the Huntingfield Arms

Outside the Huntingfield Arms

2005 The Cratfield Poacher

The Cratfield Poacher

2005 Outside the Poacher

Outside the Poacher

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The Thursday before, in the Thorndon Black Horse