Brian, our Secretary, led this ride and writes:
The weather forecast on Saturday looked distinctly wintry for the Sunday morning with the prospect of ice and very cold temperatures. Following a few phone calls to the regulars everybody seemed keen to get some fresh air and by Saturday evening five riders had signed up subject to no icy roads. Saturday had been sunny and fortunately the overnight temperature was only down to 2 degC so no ice.
The five riders met at East Hunsbury on a cool overcast morning. We set off with a following wind and made good time to Silverstone where the sun emerged. We had the cycle track to ourselves as we headed south to Stowe, with the sound of sports cars on the Silverstone circuit alongside.
The National Trust Café at Stowe was quite busy. Our conversation about the delights of hot sausage rolls was overheard and a plate of steaming rolls appeared just as we got to the till. Suitably refreshed and warmed up we headed north on very quiet roads to Syresham and Wapenham straight into a strong wind. Milton waxed lyrical about the buzzards and kestrels along the hedgerows and this and the open countryside made up for the extra effort against the wind. It wasn’t long before we turned east slightly out of the wind and on to Slapton and Greens Norton before heading home.
We were back in Northampton at about 2 p.m. but the sun had dropped, as had the temperature. Given it was February we were lucky to get in a ride on a day that turned out to be good cycling conditions, not to mention of course the good company!