A Return to Posting

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.

12 response to "A Return to Posting"

  1. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: November 18, 2018

    Your pictures have that “November” look to them. Except for the blue sky and not enough fog – but then I lived in London and remember the Smogs!!

    • By: DJG Posted: November 19, 2018


      Yes, smogs also known as “peasoupers” if I remember correctly.


  2. By: The Navigator Posted: November 18, 2018

    Good to see you posting – I’d been wondering how you were going. The ride did look a bit chilly, but it’s always nice to get out with family 🙂

    • By: DJG Posted: November 19, 2018

      Good to be back Em, it was chilly, always good to ride with Neale though he does have to slow down for me at times.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 19, 2018

    That is a good long ride you took with your son — great you can do that — memories for a lifetime.
    Good photo of Neale at Ditchley Gate.
    Glad you posted it.
    I looked into Blemheim Palace, and the Battle of Blemheim — interesting history there! And hence the Victory Monument.

    • By: DJG Posted: November 19, 2018

      It was a really good morning out, shame the picture of the monument was not clearer.

  4. By: Lah Posted: November 19, 2018

    Isn’t there a rule somewhere that says 53 miles counts for more than one Coffeeneuring ride? There should be. Enjoyed reading your post. So wonderful to have someone to enjoy riding with.

    • By: DJG Posted: November 19, 2018

      We weren’t on a Challenge, just pursuing my quest to visit all of the villages and hamlets etc in my home county of Oxfordshire.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: November 19, 2018

    Nice to see you back. Yes, looks a bit chilly. Especially nice picture of your son at the gate.

    • By: DJG Posted: November 19, 2018

      Suzanne, thanks for your kind comments.

      Hope you both have an enjoyable journey, look forward to viewing your posts.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: November 19, 2018

    Glad to see you post. Chill, pea soup and all!

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