There was some discourse between leaders on the Friday before the ride, as two of us had been on holiday and I was not sure if the tea van I had in mind was still open. Nicky kindly rode out in the week preceeding and had let them know so that sealed it - they were obviously ready and waiting for us.....
I also had not been able to email out or even create an event on facebook before the ride, so would also be interested to see how many would remember. I did post a reminder on facebook, and some did email me to ask if there was a ride. 23 riders (plus Jane found us on the lanes, and Nosheen found us at Beeston - no surprise there!)
|You don't have to wear pink....but it helps!|
Three groups again this month, with Kath leading the faster further, Nicky the slow and steady and I had regular with newbies.
|Take care when crossing - everyone|
is responsible for themselves
|And don't duck out of my photos....|
|....or I will make you hold the gate lol!!!!|
Beautiful July sunshine, very warm. Lovely lanes as ever, although I note a lot of nettles wavering on the edges.
Unfortunately, despite warning that there may be up to 30 of us, it took a rather dismal 45 minutes to get everyone's orders in and sorted. Very nice coffee, and lovely picnic area (but you do need a nice day!).
|The cafe/ tea van is on the Sandstone Trail.|
|Lots of outdoor picnic tables - apparently|
will have parasols next week...
|..and ample bike parking!|
Clutton and Wales; a few headed to the Ice cream farm - just too temptingly near! Nosheen and Shanti had the day so set off (who knows where!). Kath seemed to retain her group, but I was down to four and Nicky also had four.
Returning via Huxley, Nicky carried on to the 50p shop where the toilet was a useful stop off.
Slow 'n' steady - 25 miles (24.8 says Nicky!)
Regular ride - 27 miles
Faster Further -