David M, Ray and new rider Roy from Runcorn met at the Ice Cream Farm in cold, wet, dreary conditions. Fortunately the weather relented to dreary as we headed off east into the headwind for Bunbury and Alpraham. We then continued to Church Minshull and on towards Warmingham and Hassal Green. The intention was to ride on to Malkins Bank, but a few miles beyond Warmingham David M suffered a late reaction to last Tuesday's remedial massage and had to stop for 10 minutes to recover. In the circumstances, we retraced to the excellent Bears Paw at Warmingham for a super lunch, having covered 25 miles from the ice cream farm.
Return was by the usual route through Bostock & Whitegate to the Shire Horse Cafe (v. expensive!!). The party then split with David M returning through Cotebrook to Oscroft, and Ray guiding Roy back through Eaton to the Ice Cream Farm. Total distance 55m. Roy seemed to enjoy himself and is to join us again, as and when his shifts allow.