Was it the first day of spring? It certainly looked and felt like it as we five (Tony H, Ivan, Andy, Dave M and I) set off from the Expresso bound for Ellesmere. The ride out from Chester had put 15 miles on the clock so Ivan, Tony and I were well warmed up as we set off for Wrexham and the route south that meanders around the A483. Although the wind was against us, we made good progress down through Ruabon and onwards to Chirk. Here I should have remembered the towpath route as we slogged up to the big roundabout. Heading for St Martins, we soon turned off right for the lanes to Hindford and then NW towards Elson and the B road down into Ellesmere.
The Red Lion did us proud for the second time. Dave M had decided to add a few extra miles, so he set off in a long loop back to the Expresso as the four of us re-traced our route back towards Dudleston with the wind behind us. A few more twisty miles of lanes brought us out into Overton. It was then a straight run on the main road to Wrexham until turning right for Bangor. With smooth roads and a wind assist, we were spinning along at 25+. A quick left up a short lane brought us out on the Cross Lanes road and the outskirts of Wrexham. There is no easy way round the town so skirting around Borras, we end up walking over the A483 footbridge at Pandy. Here Andy leaves us for the final solo mile back to the Expresso, and the three of us head for Gresford and the back lanes down to Marford. Tony breaks off to go to Farndon, as Ivan leads a blistering pace back to Chester and I hang on to his back mudguards. For Andy going back to the start it’s 44 miles, for us going back to Chester 70+.