Ride report – Sunday 31st March

Phil Johnson led this ride and writes:

Just a trio of riders joined me on this Mothers day ride to Draycote Water. Frankly that was three more than I was expecting. John Winn, Hartley and Pete Sexton, who I would like to officially welcome to our club, turned out on a chillier day than we had on Saturday. Pete will be a great addition to CTC Northampton I’m sure.

We pretty much ambled across to Whilton Locks through Pineham and St Crispin’s at no great speed – in fact your mother could have done it!
Pete was introduced to our favourite gated road at Norton complete with a gravel downhill and several cattle grids but coped admirably. John managed to avoid the catastrophe of last time when he went over a grid so quickly his tyre blew out.

Safely down we cruised through Welton and Barby with the wind noticeably stronger than when we had set out. The cycle paths on the Southam road were clear for our group and we made swift progress into Dunchurch and out the other side for the last stretch in to Draycote Water.

Mother’s day celebrations were in full swing but we managed to bag a table for the four of us. Hartley tried to eat the legendary jam and cream scones like a burger and soon realised that this wasn’t possible. Cream everywhere! Respect from Pete though for sheer effort.

Straight out of the reservoir we hit a headwind and it accompanied us all the way home making it a real battle in the saddle.
We slowed for the llamas/alpacas that were crossing in Willoughby – not a sight you see every day and headed for Braunston. A climb or two later for the embattled foursome found us back in Norton and the road to Brockhall although I almost missed it looking at the Fish and Chip shop nearby.

Wind continued to slow our progress towards Bugbrooke but we finally made it to Kislingbury where we said farewell to John whilst three continued on the scheduled route home.

A ride of two halves today really but thanks to the trio for sticking it out. Chapeau!

 
PhilJ

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