5th Annual D K Drew Memorial Ride

Its now 5 years since my father in law, Doug, passed away. Every year since our youngest son Neale and myself have done a ride in Doug’s memory. We try to cover together in kilometres the number of years he lived (86). We meet at a mutually convenient place around 6 miles from where each of us live.

Couldn’t resist taking this one of the very high Thames as I headed through Abingdon to our meeting place.

Meeting up we headed to Newbridge where I hoped to get a better photo of the old bridge.

This was taken from the garden of the Rose Revived pub, it was closed at this hour and we weren’t there long.

Just long enough to snap this info board, which we both found interesting.

This the church of the settlement of Holwell, near Burford where we stopped for something to eat in the warm sunshine.

This is the view of the rolling countryside we had travelled over to get to here.

Heading for home now, we meet up with lots of this on the Thames flood plain. Directly in front is the small road to Chimney and Cote.

Taken from the same spot this the inland sea looking towards the Thames itself.

We meet up with this flooded road on the outskirts of West Hanney, we would have to backtrack and use an alternative route as neither of us fancied a soaking.

Using local lanes we wended our way back to our meeting point then went our separate ways home. Had a great day out, saw lots of interesting things. We also had the chance to reminisce about one who was no longer with us though certainly not forgotten.

6 response to "5th Annual D K Drew Memorial Ride"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 15, 2023

    Very thoughtful memorial. Really great that you and your son do that.
    Yes, a good time to reminisce about Father and Grandfather.

    Looked up Taynton stone — an oolitic limestone of the Jurassic Period.

    Judging by all the water, maybe Bill is going to tour Oxfordshire.

    • By: DJG Posted: January 16, 2023

      Thanks Rich, yes we had a really good day with the weather the best we have ever had.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: January 16, 2023

    Great way to honor your FIL and son’s Grandad. Very thoughtful, and a way to keep him always as part of you and your life.
    Love that photo of the old bridge too.

  3. By: DJG Posted: January 16, 2023

    Nancy, thanks, it was a good day and is something that my wife encourages us to do.
    Went into Abingdon this morning for dental work and the river has come up overnight.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: January 16, 2023

    Lovely tradition that you and your son have. And a beautiful ride.

    • By: DJG Posted: January 16, 2023

      Thank you Suzanne, we chose the weekend closet to Doug’s passing and luckily the weather has always allowed us to complete the journey.

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