It was a year ago today that my father in law of more than 40 years passed away.
In Doug’s memory, Neale our youngest son and I would ride in kilometres the number of years he was on this planet, 86. We would ride to places we knew he would of loved to have seen or visited.
Setting off just after 9:00 we headed west into a freshening wind.
At the foot of Blowing Stone Hill we looked briefly at the Blowing Stone itself. The wind made it uncomfortable to stay too long.
From here we head to Uffington then Fernham before stopping in Little Coxwell.
Lovely row of thatched cottages with pig/boar motif on the ridge.
From here we crossed the A420, to Great Coxwell to view the historic Tithe Barn.
The barn was built in c1300.
All of the beams are the originals, the place is quite large.
We were the only persons there and it was a pleasure to spend time wandering around and marvelling at the skills of the builders.
From here we would turn with the wind helping instead of hindering, heading through Farringdon and Clanfield to take refreshments in the Wool Town of Bampton.
The centre of Bampton, Wool Town were towns whose fortunes were founded upon the rearing of sheep in the 18th and 19th centuries.
This brick built semi-detached house is interesting in that the chimney is off-set to one side.
From here travelled through Buckland, Pusey, Hinton Waldrist, Longworth amongst others to arrive home around 13:30.
Strava tells me that we achieved our quest, by covering 87 kilometres in addition to 381 vertical metres of climbing.
Despite the weather or was it because of it we both had a great day out with some equally great memories.
We propose to make this an annual ride, weather permitting as close to the anniversary date as possible.
Distance – 87 kms.
Journey – Neale and myself.
Bike – Tifosi Classico.