PeterB led this ride and writes:
Seven riders set off together from our start at East Hunsbury for our ride to White Mills Marina near Grendon. The temperature was cold at the start, but dry, and the pleasant sunshine quickly warmed us up and made for very enjoyable conditions.
It was great to see some riders who had not been able to venture out for a while. Peter S was able to join us again, as was Anne with her new, upgraded posh gears, and also Dennis, sporting his impressive e-bike. Chris H came out as well, having recovered from a recent bout of COVID. It was also wonderful that Viki joined and was (or appeared to be) back to her previous form.
Brian T and Milton joined the ride at Quinton, with Brian joining the Moderate group and Milton, who was fashionably late, took the lead for the 3 Brisk riders.
It was very nice to welcome another Brian, a mutual friend of both Anne and Brian T, who joined the Moderate group en-route and stayed with us for coffee.
The two groups arrived at our cafe stop, White Mills Marina, within a few minutes of each other. After making sure the bikes were well chained to the railings, we were able to relax and chat (mostly about Dennis’s interesting family history and Anne’s impressive training regime for the Coast to Coast a few years back) on the terrace in warm sunshine.
The coffee and food was excellent as always, but surprisingly Viki resisted the cake, and didn’t attempt to steal anyone else’s either, which is a first! Phil J, clearly on a health kick, chose black tea and a bowl of granola, presumably in training for his ride next week.
The groups split again after the cafe stop, with the Moderate group following the published route back, shedding various riders as they took short cuts back to their destinations.
The Brisk group decided to go back through Cogenoe, partly to enjoy the Cogenoe Bank, but mostly because it was a shorter distance home for Milton and Chris H. It added a few miles for Peter S however, who only realised after it was too late to turn back, much to the childish amusement of Milton & Chris. But it serves Peter right – he’s looking far too fit these days!
A great day out with wonderful company and very pleasant weather. Thanks to all who joined.
Next week’s ride is a longer Steady through some beautiful countryside to Dunchurch for coffee, setting off for home beside Draycote Water and will be led by Phil J. To avoid Easter Sunday, this Steady ride will be on the Saturday.