Phil J went on this ride led by Milton, our Secretary, and writes:
Five hardy riders including Northampton visitor Ken and ‘rarely to be seen’ Mike H set off on this post festive ride from the Canoe Centre surprised that it hadn’t been snowed off considering the forecast. After a couple of miles we all began to regret the extra helpings of Christmas pudding and Quality Street as we climbed the first hill at Great Houghton.
Once up, it seemed like a wonderful autumn day rather than a winter’s ride as the sun was shining against lovely blue skies and helping to keep us warm.
We blazed down to Hackleton at a pace and, heading towards Denton, it seemed like Milton had arranged for closed roads as we barely saw any motorised transport. Large puddles of surface water were the main obstacles on the roads but nobody came unstuck.
A winter breeze accompanied us from then on and the skies turned grey as we headed towards Castle Ashby where we enjoyed the view of the great building as we passed by.
Hardwater Hill proved to be another gem in Milton’s route as it tested all riders right to the top.
We pressed on at a steady pace eventually arriving at the Beckworth Emporium in Sywell for a well-earned rest. As befits the location some of the group opted for Earl Grey and scones!
Once on our way again, Eleanor said goodbye leaving the four guys to continue the journey. As the A45 came into view we realised we were on the best form of transport as there was total gridlock all around. On the cycle paths alongside we spilt up and headed our own way home leaving just the writer to continue back to the Canoe Centre.
Thanks for the ride Milton! Well done all!