The sun was peering feebly over Beeston Castle ramparts as the six of us co-agulated at Rose Farm on a typical 'Sheila Ferguson' day (that's ‘3 degrees’ for you youngsters). The five of us, Jim, George, Trevor, Mike M and Dave H were surprised to be joined by Dave M after his bike surfing experience on the ice recently but he assured us he was only coming for a 'short loosening' up ride.
The plan was to go to Marbury via Beeston - first mistake! The bridge by the Shady Oak is closed to all traffic - including cyclists, and the pub in Marbury seems to have taken on erratic opening hours.
Plan B it was then, so we set off up that dratted hill into Tarporley and ably led by Dave M skirted round the east and crossed the A51 to reach Bunbury as planned. Then the usual route through Brindley, Chorley and Larden Green took us to the Dusty Miller, at Wrenbury, for lunch at 12:30 with only one short rain shower to speak of.
Dave was feeling suitably 'loosened up' by our classic Easy Riders pace and decided to stay with us as we retraced our steps back via Cholmondley, Peckforton and Tiverton. At this point Jim and Mike split for the ostrich farm while the main group went back to Utkinton for an early bath. A total of about 35 miles or 50 plus for those of us from Guilden Sutton and a very reasonable pace. All in all, a classic Easy Riders day out.