Brian T led this ride and writes:
Four riders gathered at Moulton Coop including a new rider to the group Brian Hill. Two Brian’s and two John W’s made introductions easy. Although it was a warm and sunny start, rain was forecast later in the morning.
We made it through Holcot and Draughton to Harington before we had the first shower just as we dropped down and then up again to the first climb. John pointed out this was the first of five climbs. The next four followed on consecutively, mainly single track roads, traffic free but without much of a break on the flat. I had forgotten just how lumpy this section of the ride was and when looking at the digital maps found that the whole route had only 25% level riding (i.e. <2% gradient) .
However, the rain eased and for the rest of the day we were dry although the roads were wet as if we had just missed a shower.
We arrived at The Milking Parlour Cafe at Wilbarston early, having set a brisk’ish pace. This was a new cafe to us and we had a warm welcome. Bikes were left in the courtyard where we also sat outside under an umbrella and enjoyed coffee and bacon sandwiches. The cakes looked good but we still had to ride home so we resisted although the owner kindly gave us some shortcakes just to finish off the meal and help us on our way. A cafe highly recommended.
The route back was even brisker (15+) and seemed relatively easy after the morning ride, or perhaps it was because we had spent over an hour in the cafe chatting. Anyway we made it back in the dry arriving at 2pm.