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Saturday 18 April 2009
Sunny April ride to Yvonne's in Connah's Quay
A very sunny day saw eight ladies meeting at the usual venue. Following introductions and the mandatory photograph we set off - using the cycleway for the first time since we started riding as a group. We picked up Milly en route in Blacon, near a whole bunch of people digging? planting? something on the bank.
As we approached the Sealand bridge, I shot ahead to try to take some photos - which caused some vying for the back of the group to avoid being in a picture. We will have to work on this shyness, girls!
Yvonne's cafe in Connah's Quay was our destination, and we all sat around a table to chat and drink tea and coffee.
Our return was along the river, losing the occasional cyclist as we drew near their homes. By the time we got to Chester we were down to six as Nosheen went home to her assignment - although I think she was going out on her bike again! Maxine lost count of how many we were, and we had to recount who left us where to reassure her we were not leaving anyone behind!
I had an urge to continue on the riverside route so we followed the river all the way around the racecourse, along the groves and then up Dee Lane. Maxine decided to peruse the local cycle shops and four of us returned to Kingsway - where Kascha asked 'is that it?'!!! A grand total of 21 miles, mostly very flat, and back to the cafe for nearly 2pm.
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I have lived in Chester all my life, and cycled here for over 25 years. It goes someway to explaining how I know my way locally without referring to a map all the time, a fact which amazes my ladies. There is a wealth of accessible lanes, tracks and routes within 10 miles of Chester, easily reached in a mornings ride. Not to mention more cafe's than you can shake a bicycle pump at! That is what the fabulous ladies is all about! Oh, and cake!