Ian Macsporran went on this ride, led by Bill Simpson, and writes:
Just like the last time we cycled to the A5 Rangers Club-House in Towcester (for the CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes AGM), four wet riders met in the pouring rain at Hunsbury. This time we were Ian, David, Phil L and our leader Bill. This time the venue was hosting the annual Cyclists’ Jumble Sale!
Again, we didn’t hang about after 9.30 a.m. and Bill set a good pace to get us to Towcester and dry shelter! It was the first time I’d been to this annual event and it was fascinating – not just for the items for sale but for the coffee and cake and, of course, the conversations with old friends.
The plan was always that we would make our ways home independently. Phil pretty much turned round for the return leg straightaway; David must have followed him shortly afterwards; and Bill was to head for a cycle shop in Milton Keynes.
I had two lots of coffee and cake and felt fortified enough not just to skip lunch at Greens Norton (my original plan) but to add to that part of the loop by going through Abthorpe, Slapton and Bradden as well. Route here.
From Hunsbury back to Hunsbury, this was 26 miles. Add to and from home, and I enjoyed a damp but worthwhile 37 miles.
Footnote: returning to the town centre down Towcester Road, I stopped to photograph two houses which a friend who grew up in the area told me were the only houses built in a proposed Northampton Garden Suburb. Photos and more details in my personal blog here.