Its been a few weeks since I last posted something, so thought it was high I did so again.
The plan was for Neale, our youngest son and myself to ride out into the moderate N Easterly breeze to a village in the North Oxfordshire countryside that neither of us had ever been to before, namely Sandford St. Martin.
Bright and sunny though quite chilly as we set off just on 9:00.
Out through the outlying hamlets and villages until the plunge down Tumble Down Dick, the hill north of Cumnor.
Over the Toll Bridge on the Thames near Eynsham, then onward to Church and Long Hanborough, Coombe, bypassing Stonesfield we stopped to re-fuel at Ditchley Gate to look into the Blenheim Palace Estate.
The Column of Victory can just be made out through the mists coming off of the estate lakes, in the far distance the Palace itself may just be seen.
Neale dealing with social media issues during our break.
Back on the bikes we made our way to our goal for the day.
The church of St Martin, evidently the addition of St. Martin to the village name (Sandford St. Martin) was carried out in the 1880’s to distinguish the village from Dry Sandford and Sandford on Thames.
From here, we headed towards home taking in a differing route to the way out, benefiting from the now following wind we made excellent time, getting home just on 13:15.
Ride Distance – 53 miles
Journey – myself and son, Neale.
Bike – Tifosi Classico.