Chris Duff led this ride and writes:
The weather report was grim, windy and certain rain all day.
Our esteemed ride leader (me) was resolved but uncertain of the day ahead not having ridden in the rain for about a year and having ‘gone soft’ generally.
However, ‘Fortune favours the brave’ and four riders set off from the library at East Hunsbury: Milton, Pete S, Darryl and me.
The route was chosen to avoid traffic, to be scenic and because they are some of my favourite roads.
Out through Gayton, over to Flore and up the hill to the Brinton’s,
Then over to Long Buckby and West Haddon, fast to Guilsborough and up to Thornby.
All generally aided by the wind.
The service and coffee at the atmospheric and welcoming Buddhist centre was top notch, as ever, and good cake too.
We sat outside in the Sun and pretended cleverness, identifying the trees and shrubs in the lovely garden.
Milton gave us the history of the Manor House and why locking up our bikes was necessary before the calmness and peace of the current ownership.
We were reluctant to leave such nice surroundings but soon making a good pace on the way home.
A brief spell with rain jackets made certain that the rain stayed away and the sun shone again.
Faster home through, Coton, Ravensthorpe, Althorp and then Kislingbury.
A capable group, we managed to talk and complete the 45 miles at 15.5 miles per hour, getting back around 1.15pm.
What luck with the weather?
My new CTC cycling top gained full exposure and heat was a bigger problem than cold.
Thank you to the foolhardy souls that ‘cocked a snook’ at the adverse forecast and had a fine day out.