Milton led this pair of rides on Saturday morning. (He also checked out the first few miles of the routes earlier in the morning because it had been particularly cold overnight – dedication!) He writes:
The weather promised cold and ice and slippy roads and offered, in the end, only a bit of a chill. The roads were free of frost and ice and mostly dry and the sun shone almost all the time. It was on the cool side, but only the wimps stayed at home …. that means most of you of course!
Six of us met up at the Canoe Centre and three of the six were new to us and one of the remainder was a rare(ish) visitor, Geoff (surely we stop for coffee every 5 miles) which left only Giles and myself from the usual club riff raff.
Giles and John C took the 38-mile brisk option and from Salcey headed west to Hartwell before taking the road to Castlethorpe, Haversham and Litttle Linford and then turning north to reach Olney arriving about 10 minutes after the 31-mile moderate group who had got there via Stoke Goldington, Ravenstone and Weston Underwood. Fine scones and maple-syruped pancakes were enjoyed alongside scrambled egg with smoked salmon and toasted teacakes before a quick visit to the adjacent bike shop – Pedalz – where Nigel G nearly cracked and bought a bike, and we were off home via Yardley Hastings, Castle Ashby and Cogenhoe.
Good cycling, good weather, good food and excellent company meant yet another Saturday morning well spent.