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to Stornaway and The Fens to Ceridigion it has taken us to places we would not ordinarily have visited and proved what a delight our sacred isle is. From a historical perspective highlights have included Queen Eleanor of Castile’s statue at Geddington, and nearby Mary Stuart’s place of execution at Fotheringay. Prominent female historical figures continue with Flora Macdonald’s monument on South Uist for her protection of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was the Industrial Revolution that


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was the backdrop to No. 100 Middleton Top Engine House in Derbyshire. And of course only BCQ would take you to the home of cricket at Hambledon in Hampshire. It is a quest that becomes addictive, but is by no means easy. Although the rides are (almost) all on good roads, we did find one that took us over some classic ‘rough- stuff’ where we had a great day pushing the tandem on a completely un-rideable, un- surfaced track to the Wayfarer’s monument at Nant Rhydwilym Pass on the Berwyn Ridge.


For the road purist, the CTC organiser is amending this but that would be a shame, our lightweight tandem was lifted and pushed for some three to four hours whilst Stoker Helen carried the small bag and water bottles and took control of the several gates. We have started to make up a mini league table of the best and worse roads, the best surfaces so far are to be found in Warwickshire, the worst wheel breakers are in Berkshire on roads desperate for maintenance (although you never know this


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