Leaving right out of the Ice Cream Farm, the “brisk” group consisting of Paul, Ivan, Mike G, Tony, Dave & Liz and myself, set off at 18mph+ bound for the Hartford Hall Hotel. The early part of the ride took us out via Beeston, Alpraham and out into open countryside on our way to Winsford. Not the prettiest town, but dodging down the back streets we exit north looking to get across the Vale Royal cut of Weaver Navigation at Meadow Bank. Over the river, under two bridges and after one km of rough track, we exit into the outskirts of Davenham. Here we take the back streets to re-cross the Weaver over the blue bridge on the A556. We arrive at The Hartford Hall Hotel just at 12:00 having covered 20 miles in 90 minutes with the tandem two determined to keep on the pace.
The food arrives in a leisurely fashion and 100 minutes later we eventually get out ready for the ride back. The weather has been dry as forecasted. Once again a few urban backstreets get us out towards Sandiway and Cuddington. At Norley, the drizzle starts and we plough on through a monochrome Delamere forest. Since it is ridiculously early, we decide to head back to the Ice Cream farm. Taking the Kelsall road, we head up and out of the forest as the drizzle stops. The tandem duo gives us absolution to drop them, so we five motor through Kelsall and Willington bound for Tattenhall. Mike G peels off right near Clotton heading northbound for Chester station and Ivan and Tony follow at speed, whilst Paul and I decide to go to Old Ma’s place to try it out. It looked shut, but opened up for just the two of us. A very brisk 40 miles today, and Paul and I ride to Chester via Saighton where the drizzle is waiting for us for the last few miles home.
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