Milton, our new Secretary, went on this ride and writes:
A hardy band of nine met up at the Brampton Valley Way starting point for Phil G’s 30-mile brisk ride. He could really have advertised it as icy brisk, as it was certainly that.
We headed out through the Bramptons and thence to Holdenby, Guilsborough and West Haddon by which time the hilly terrain had done for two of us who took the offered short cut to the pub at Great Brington via the beautiful and historic Ashby St Ledgers. Later Phil would stop the main group there to point out the building in which the gunpowder plot was reputedly hatched.
As the sun sank and our lights went on we came across a couple of lads trying to push their broken-down car up the single track road to Welton to find a safe spot to leave it. We downed bikes and heaved them to a safe spot before setting off again and starting to wonder if we’d kindly helped a pair of thieves with their booty. Who can tell? If they were thieves, they were grateful ones!
By the time we reached Long Buckby it was pitch black and the single track and lonely road to the pub at Great Brington loomed large to those of us with less than adequate lights … me that is. I stuck to the well endowed in the lighting department as s*** sticks to a shovel and made it through.
We, all nine of us now, had a beer or two in front of a fine open fire and reluctantly, as it was colder than ever and annoyingly still dark, we set off on the final few miles back to our starting point via Harlestone and Church Brampton.
How did I find my first ever night ride? … Bonkers, totally bonkers but much fun. We all enjoyed it and owe a debt of gratitude to Phil G for leading it.