Brian reports (with photo by Anne):
Nine riders gathered at Moulton Co-Op at 9.30 a.m. for one of our Saturday-morning moderately-paced rides. We hope these rides will encourage cyclists with some experience to join in a group ride perhaps for the first time. We certainly welcomed two new riders along with some regular riders.
An early decision – agreed by all – was to avoid the gravel at Pitsford and take the reservoir causeway on the road from Holcot to Brixworth which turned out to be relatively traffic-free at that time of day.
Beyond that and we were into quiet roads through Scaldwell and Lamport and on to the single track road down to Draughton. Time for a quick photo, courtesy of Anne, and then we were back on the rolling hills through Loddington, Cransley and Broughton before making use of the short section of cycle path along the A43 to get us to the Walgrave turn.
Not far now and we were at Manvell Farm Café where we received a friendly welcome. It had been overcast most of the ride although it was quite warm. As we sat outside enjoying coffee and large, indulgent slices of cake, the sun broke through (obviously on the righteous). I couldn’t help thinking that this is what cycling is all about.
It was only a short ride back to Moulton which we made by 12.30 p.m.