PhilJ led this ride (well some of it) and writes:
An eventful day out for the group of riders who joined me on this rerouted ride to the outskirts of Banbury.
This included Brian Hill who I had the pleasure of riding with. Please make Brian feel welcome the next time you see him.
BrianT had kindly sourced an alternative cafe as my usual stop was still closed due to the pandemic. The Barn Farm Garden Centre in Wardington just outside Banbury was our new destination and a perfect alternative it proved to be. The route down Banbury lane undulated to the A5, on to Canon’s Ashby, Moreton Pinkney and eventually Thorpe Mandeville whereupon BrianT took over navigation duties guiding us to the Barn Farm Cafe within the garden centre in the lovely village of Wardington.
Oxfordshire had welcomed us with some precipitation and then light showers so the cafe stop was most welcome. We secured some tables indoors and the delightful staff handled our considerable order with ease.
Arriving back in Cropredy, famous for the Fairport Convention Folk Festival, put us back on the original route. IanM stopped for a photo opportunity at the road named ‘Cup and Saucer’.
Then the drama started to happen! A HS2 roadblock proved impossible to bypass so a diversion through Boddington was quickly hatched adding several miles to our original distance. IanM then got a puncture whilst the rest of us had already reached the next junction. Conveniently, the ‘Carpenters Arms’ junction. Whilst Alex and Miriam decided to self navigate their way home and I popped back to assist Ian, some of the group decided to take the opportunity to enjoy a ‘Hook Norton’ pint.
Once refreshed we pressed on to West Farndon where the wind picked up over higher ground but the rain a distant memory. A testing hill towards Adstone had me cursing my own route but we crested it without too much trouble. Back at Eastcote more road closures easily cleared this time before the last few miles home.
Thanks to BrianT for coming up with a great cafe stop at the last minute and all the navigators for getting us round the route.