Ian M went on this ride, led by Milton, and writes (with photos by Nick):
Seven of us met at Moulton Co-Op at 9.30 a.m. for Milton’s first ride as a leader. He can certainly work his magic with the weather: it was a beautifully warm spring morning and with none of the early mist of the previous few days.
We set off at a good pace which was maintained throughout the ride. At first we were on country roads we knew well and then, as we rode further east, onto some roads and lanes our leader had specially chosen for us. Before we knew it, we were at the delightful Woodford Mill Café
near Ringstead and able to sit outside in glorious sunshine. (The café gets much of its energy from the working mill-race – fascinating and green!) Service was a little slow as there were plenty of cyclists there. We chatted to a group from CTC Kettering who were waiting for Max. Our number jumped to eight with the appearance of our Rides Secretary (in t-shirt and shorts, obvs). Bacon sarnies and coffee were consumed and then Milton was cracking the whip again!
We hadn’t gone far along the route from the Mill when, with a sharp bang, Bill suffered a p*nct*re! He elected to repair it properly and return to the Mill and to meet up with Max – and so we were down to seven again.
There was something delightful in early March in cycling through mid-day and on through one o’clock in glorious sunshine. Before we knew it we were at Podington
for a short coffee stop and further chat about all things cycling – small bike shops, tours individuals were planning for the summer, the possibility of new bikes (our Secretary fancies a titanium one) – without any other concerns in the world.
One or two final hills and we were back at Moulton before three o’clock. A perfect ride, a perfect day, and, when I looked at the route we had taken (here
on RideWithGPS) pretty much a perfect circuit around Wellingborough! Many thanks, Milton!