Brian, our secretary, went on this ride led by Milton and writes:
Looking out of the window at 9 o’clock, there was wall to wall sunshine and blue skies. The reality, however, was that it was only a few degrees above freezing outside. At the Canoe Centre, Milton and I decided that the weather must have put off riders that morning but then Colin and Nick arrived. Given the temperature, the four of us set off without delay for Castle Ashby, welcoming the hills in between to get warmed up. At Easton Maudit Geoff joined us on his tricycle and the five of us then made our way to Harrold and on to the picturesque village of Newton Blossomville. With a good tail wind, warming sun and ever quieter roads it was perfect autumn weather for a ride. When we saw the sign “Welcome to Central Bedfordshire” we knew we were not far from the Bike Bus Café, a red London double decker bus parked on a farm at Bourne End. Arriving at 11.30 a.m. we were soon enjoying excellent coffee and sausage baps, sitting outside, soaking up the sun and warmth.
Having seen a couple of other cycling groups leave, we were soon on our way to Sherington after which we changed direction and headed back into a very chilly wind. Fortunately we were often sheltered by hills and tree-lined roads but it was noticeably cooler now. Our route took us through Tyringham Hall deer park and not long after turning onto the Newport road the predicted rain clouds appeared and for the rest of the way home through Salcey Forest the rain got steadily heavier. We were well prepared for the rain and made good time to the Canoe Centre arriving just after two o’clock, damp but in good spirits, having had an excellent day’s ride. Thanks to Milton for planning and leading the ride!