At 9.00 a.m. the prospects of a morning ride were a bit grim. Phil J was down with a cold so had asked me to lead the ride. The previous week I had been in the same situation and Phil L had stepped in to lead what had been a pretty wet ride. Was this to be my chance to enjoy the rain?
It was bucketing down so I decided on the easy option – to put the bike in the car and drive to this morning’s meeting point East Hunsbury given the chance that nobody would venture out in this rain. By 9.25 a.m. it was still raining and no sight of any riders. By 9.30 a.m. I thought that was it but decided to go and have a quick look in case anybody was sheltering in the underpass. At this point James turned up having having cycled over in the rain! We had a quick discussion. The rain stopped at that point, so we decided to go!
Luckily the rain had stopped for good that morning. But ten minutes into the ride I had a p*nct*re. A change of tube and we were off again on a busy road to Wootton and then on to quieter roads to Quinton and over to Cogenhoe and Whiston. We decided against a coffee stop at Castle Ashby and headed for Denton. When we reversed the road to Quinton in the late morning, blue sky appeared and we decided to extend the ride to Courteenhall and on to Blisworth. From here we had warm sun on our backs and a tail wind all the way back to East Hunsbury.
The forecast had been for rain at 9.00 a.m. followed by a clear spell later in the morning. This turned out to be correct but it was cutting it a bit fine to get a ride in, free of rain and with comfortable temperatures!