A Tale of Two Glenyses 25 October 2015
Tale of Two Glenys-es (and almost Two Cities)
(Glenys R, Graham R, Glenys, James, Barbara, Ron, Pat, Bob, Anne , Tricia, Alan, Anne L, Graham M, Mick, Richard, Bella & Bernadine)
The Glenys twins on’t tandem practice excursion provided the inspiration for the ride on Sunday 25th October. It was also St Crispin’s Day and a day that will be forever etched in the annals of English history as will that little hamlet in Brittany called Agincourt. In celebration a total of 17 cyclists landed on (invaded?) the green at West Street in Gayles, including Glenys Jones and Glenys Rogers on their tandem (called Bob).
After a photo-call, where Graham looked knackered before we had even set off, we set out amongst the autumnal leafy lanes in two groups, carefully crossed the A66 and having done all of 12 miles, piled in for a lunch stop at Sammie Turner’s in Piercebridge.
From the cosy café stop with epic portion sandwiches and scones or gooey cake, we streamed through Staindrop and travelled back via the delightful villages of Little Newsham, Whorlton and Hutton Magna to Gayles. Those silver surfers on their tandem cracked a surprising pace, even when pedalling uphill! We lost half the group to a much needed pint or two in Fernaville’s Rest, the pub in Whorlton, (the ringleaders may have been the two Grahams), whilst others carried on with promises of tea back in Gayles.
Many thanks to Glenys and Graham for inviting us back to their house for hot drinks and delicious baked goodies. (Sitting on the floor there also provided James with the opportunity to perform his “stand-up-from-sitting” party trick, which just goes to show that he still rocks.) If only England had been matched against France in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup we might have been celebrating yet another thrashing on St Crispin’s Day.
I hope we can look forward to many more practice rides like this one. By next May ‘Double’ Glenys, tandem and friends should be well prepared to undertake their epic ride from Richmond in Surrey to Richmond, North Yorkshire; K.O. on Monday 23rd May 2016. It is in aid of the Bell Restoration Appeal at St Mary’s Richmond. We shall be in touch.....
Berni, Graham & Glenys
We must add James Gravenor's splendid reworking of Harry's rallying cry on the eve of Agincourt:
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And a good woman teach her daughter;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that rides his bike with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen (and gentlewomen) in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their personhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That rode with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.