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Friday, 3 February 2012

2nd February 2012: Ellesmere (mod)

If last week was chilly at 3 degrees today was positively arctic with the mercury measuring -4 when I dragged the reluctant bike out of the shed.  By the time we met at Hildegard’s it had leapt up to -2 so we were glad of a warming cup of tea or coffee.  The team consisted of Paul, Trevor, Mike M, Dave H, Clive and Jim.  We were also joined for coffee by Bryan, Martin and Liz and Dave P who, recently back from international duty in warmer climes was feeling a bit chilly in the nether regions.
It was decided to head for Ellesmere and we took the normal route south to Shocklach, Threapwood and Tallarn Green crossing the main road on the way to Hanmer.  The lake was steaming slightly as the sun slowly increased in power as we crossed the undulating Shropshire moraine towards our destination.  Trevor had heard rumours of a bargain £5.95 two-course meal for the over 60's, so the Red Lion it was then.  The meal was very reasonable for the price though the steamed pudding lay a little heavily on some stomachs on the return.
We headed due north for Penley, then back towards Threapwood.  At this point Clive suggested a variation via Tilston and we got back about 15:45.  A very chilly day with max temp only 2 degrees, but a very steadily paced 41 miles and over 60 for those riding from Chester.

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