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Captain Johnsy's address

20th June 2012

Goons Ride – 20th June 2012
By Captain Johns

20+ riders gathered outside the Legion for the yearly Summer Solstice ride, plans for the night was to dress up in some sort of summer attire and it was good to see most of the Moos following suit.

As with past years, there were no ride leaders tonight, instead it was a lucky dip ride around the lovely sights of Machen.

For those of you wondering exactly what the meaning of Summer Solstice is, here is an exaplantion I managed to get from Gaz...

“The summer solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet's semi-axis in a given hemisphere is most inclined towards the star that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our star, the Sun, during a solstice is 23° 26'. This happens twice each year, at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole respectively.

The summer solstice is the solstice that occurs in a hemisphere's summer. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Northern solstice, in the Southern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between December 20 and December 23 each year in the Southern Hemisphere and between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern Hemisphere”.

Right that’s the formalities done with, back to the ride...

We went uphill then downhill, then uphill and downhill and then managed to get to the top of the mast where every rider had to consume a can of Strongbow that was handed out at the start of the ride.

A mad dash complemented the ride all the way back to HQ where once again a lovely spread was put on my the landlady...

In true Moo tradition a beer leg was held between the Moos and Goons, Jonny Morgan and his gang may be as fit as fiddles, but at least the Moos swilled their beer in record time...

Here’s to the next one!!!

Johnsy

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