Brian Tunbridge went on this ‘Christmas’ ride and writes:
The temperature had dropped to below minus 2°C overnight, lower than forecast. However, by 9.30 the sun was out and the temperature was just above freezing. The temperature put a few riders off, justifiably, but six riders did assemble at the Canoe Centre suitably dressed ready for the ride to Stoke Bruerne via Blakesley to meet up with MK CTC.
The initial ride along the river cycle path was ice free and there was no sign of slippery roads when we got to Rothersthorpe. The road there was closed over the bridge but we skirted the barriers and then had a traffic free ride towards Pattishall. The quiet roads continued all the way to Silverstone and with no wind, it turned out to be a glorious, sunny ride though the countryside.
At 11am the world seemed to wake up, but it was only a short ride to Stoke Bruerne where we joined about 20 MK riders at the Navigation Inn. Our ride leader Milton left us at this stage for a lone ride home, job done ! The five of us joined the Northampton ‘car’ contingent by which time we were ready to order ‘Sunday lunch’.
Service was very efficient and we were soon enjoying a good meal and good company meeting up with the MK riders who we probably last saw on the Guy Barber ride to Oxford in the summer.
One advantage of a January ‘Christmas’ lunch was that we could ride home in the daylight which we did returning to the Canoe Centre by 3pm.
Thanks go to Milton for planning the route which was nicely timed for the lunch stop.