Peter Bayles went on the ride and writes:
Saturday’s ride was popular, with 18 cyclists meeting at Moulton for Brian T’s routes to Wilbarston. It was great to welcome a couple of new riders, Graham and Anne (taking a break from a tandem), and Terry, who hasn’t been out with us for a few years. Dennis, Bob H, Bob T, Otavio and Dave had also not been out for a while, so it was very nice to see them.
The riders split into two groups from the start, with Brian leading the Moderates, and Milton leading the four Brisks, plus John W, who joined further into the route.
The moderate route had a few hills, with Harrington Hill being a notably slow slog to the top. The Brisks then had a much harder series of hills to enjoy, which I heard Milton complaining that Brian’s write-up significantly understated the severity of.
Unfortunately, one of the Moderate riders felt light headed after Harrington Hill, and so Peter B stayed with him whilst he rested for while, and until Brian returned to accompany him back to the start.
This meant that Ian expertly took the Leader duties from Brian and guided the Moderate group to the outskirts of Wilbarston. I say “expertly” loosely, as Ian didn’t actually know where the cafe was, and so stopped the group and pondered how to find it. Fortunately, Viki quickly came to the rescue and did what many of us can’t ever do …… asked someone where it was.
The Milking Parlour in Wilbarston was excellent, with friendly staff, great coffee, cake and bacon sandwiches. The cafe first opened in 2019, but COVID forced it to temporarily close, and so we are especially pleased to see it re-open, and wish it every success.
The route back for the Moderates was fairly uneventful apart from a bit of an off-road scramble navigating the crossing under the A14 past Glendon. We followed a farm track instead of a footpath, which ended up with the group having to lift bikes and climb over a steel gate. Peter B had taken over the Lead from Ian at the Cafe, so was unable to blame him, but it did provide some fun and a photograph.
Thanks Brian for two great routes, and to all who joined.
Cheers – Peter