Brian led this ride to Stowe Park and back. He writes:
Nine riders gathered at East Hunsbury on a spring-like morning. We had quite a mix of bikes including a Sully 29’er – 3″ tyres, pressure 12psi, ideal for snowy climes (climbs?). Did Andrew know something about the weather forecast that we had missed?
The ride took us out through Tiffield and onto the old road to Towcester. At the A43 we turned onto a well-surfaced bridleway and a specific crossing point across the dual carriageway, fine on a Sunday but not so good if it was very busy. At the other side a short section of ridable track took us back onto the old road into Towcester. Here we had to mingle with the traffic on a short section of the A5 through Towcester before we turned once again onto a quiet road up to Silverstone. There was not much activity as we passed the racetrack. We continued down to Stowe Park against a fresh breeze. By this time the sun was out and it really did seem like spring.
A pleasant coffee and cake at the NT café and then we were back on the quiet road to Syresham now with the wind behind us. We were joined by Geoff and his trike at Stowe who then rode back with us to Towcester. At Slapton the group now ten strong split into two, given the disparity of bikes and speed, to wend the short distance back to Northampton via Duncote and Tiffield.
Close to Northampton the sun disappeared and an ominous cloud appeared. I suspect at least half of us were caught by a very sharp cloudburst before we reached home.
Who could imagine a ride on such a day in late December?!