|Moira leading a small select social group
|Blossom and black clouds
With a forecast of rain and more rain, wind, and temperatures dropping below the previous sunny bank holiday weekend, it was delightful to have 16 riders. I set off with the faster group, wearing my new waterproof. However, with the wind behind us it can feel a bit warmer so off came the waterproof. We could see rain clouds over Delamere (glad we changed the destination!)
Our destination was Manley Mere - it felt like a good distance with short bob home afterwards. So we followed a route round the lanes between Barrow, Ashton and Manley, before dropping down the steep Manley bank to the cafe - just catching up with the other group as we arrived.
|Sandstone cutting at Manley
Anyway, back to the cafe. The preferred table (ie the one around the fire) was slightly taken, so some ladies started to take other tables - till there was a whisper that the table was now free - so most of us re-located to the big table (and I secured the big silver chair!). I passed my camera round - too many pics to post them all - but they are all on the facebook group page (apologies if you are not on facebook - so here are a few)
|There they go.....
In the end, the time had come to head back out into the wind. We managed to pick a dry spell, but no-one fancied a long route home (quit while you are ahead), so we set off down the driveway, to the lanes. We sent the first half ahead - but the rain was starting so we left too...
...and into a big wet cold windy shower! Not good in shorts!
Believe it or not, the sun was back out before we got to Mickle Trafford, as evidenced in the final photo of Kath on the Greenway (before another big black cloud - hail this time!)