|'Flat Chat' group headed by Welna|
|'Further Faster' led by Sue this month|
The November weather in the week preceding this Saturdays ride was descending into winter rapidly, gloomy - wet - cold. So it was with joy on Friday night when I sneaked a peek at the BBC weather forecast, to see sunshine; and then with delight when the day did indeed dawn with blue skies and bright sunshine!
This month I asked people to arrive between 9:30 and 9:45, to allow for signing in and also to meet inside as it gets colder (and therefore maybe buy a tea or coffee, as the cafe is so good letting us congregate once a month!). But I had quite a bit of paperwork - sign in sheets, Christmas list, club top and get well card - so still late leaving!
|Terraced streets of Hoole|
On through quiet country lanes to cross the A51 near Tarvin, and then to Oscroft. By the time we reached little Barrow, I was down to half my group, hoping that my breadcrumb trail would work! Near Manley we turned left, and headed up to Dunham Hill, then down to the A56. A group of us were there, and the cafe was only 1/2 mile - but by the time Jo and I reached Cafe Fresh, there was no-one else in sight!
|Faster end enjoying a range of goodies!|
The return journey if taken directly was quite short. The Ellesmere Port and North Wales contingencies set off that way, and the rest of us headed towards Chester on the A56, turning on the B road to go through Barrow and pick up footpath on the A51, swing in to Guilden Sutton and then the Greenway. All in the most glorious sunshine with golden trees still adorning the roadside.
17 riders, 20 miles (25 FF miles).