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Saturday 12 September 2009
Lunch in Dodleston
Todays ride was unusual as it was planned to be a full day rather than the usual morning. We were blessed with the most fabulous sunshine, and four ladies met myself and my girls at Kingsway cafe. After a little deliberation with a bike pump, and an emergency dash home to collect my track pump, we were able to leave through the streets of Hoole.
We followed the canal for a short while, then dropped to the river and up through Handbridge to pick up the 'Dukes Drive'.
We were heading for the Red Lion in Dodleston, to meet up with some other local CTC cycling groups in the area. we sat outside in the sun and with a few inquisitive wasps.
The return journey back through Westminster Park picked up part of our outward route, so we headed down to the meadows and caught the ferry at Sandy Lane. unfortunately, much to the dismay of my girls, we did not linger at the water park, but headed up through Great Boughton to return to the cafe.
A Leisurely 20 miles today.
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!