|Second Group - the Flat 'n' Chat easyriders!
I led the usual group, and Jo-Anne took on the further faster; route planning having already been plotted and uploaded to devices (or in Jane’s case her head, according to Jo-Anne, but denied by Jane!)
|I don't usually have a bike shop in my pannier!
|I am loving the curtains! First group settled in back room.
We kept a nice steady pace then out to Tattenhall, where I directed people down to the café, which I thought was ‘down there on the right’. It wasn’t. I found them just the other side of Tattenhall, looking at me expectantly. But after asking a passing lady, she set us right and we found Alison’s Country Kitchen on the other side of the road, up a steep driveway. Phew.
The further faster group arrived shortly after us, they saw the sign so were not confused at all! Plenty of room inside and out, although not particularly together, but that happens with a large group. Can I just say, that the cafe did used to be where I directed people to - but they moved!
I had planned to lead back via Bruera and Saighton, but there was a tremendously black cloud of impending doom and heavy rain in that direction, so I turned my handlebars back retracing some of our route out, with some variations. As more were ready to leave at that time, Moira and I split the remaining ladies between us, and we negotiated the traffic jam that is Tattenhall High Street at Saturday lunchtime.
We had a pleasant and dry ride back, looking over at the dark clouds and rain – one lady’s husband came to pick her up as it was so wet in Connahs Quay – but it missed us, and I believe it missed the further faster ladies who did take the original planned return route. Which just goes to show, you should stick to your plans, and the dark clouds are not always as bad as they seem.
24 riders, 22 miles (28FF), no punctures, no rain.