Brian Mac, Mike G, Ray, Tony, Dave H, Dave M, Liz and Martin were on parade today at the Expresso Cafe who gave us their usual warm welcome. There were sighs of relief when Martin suggested spurning the N Wales hills and taking a flat route to Ellesmere. One drawback of heading in this direction is that there is an initial ride through Wrexham which is rather busy and tedious. Eventually we emerged into the countryside and followed extremely muddy lanes towards Overton, Dudleston and then into Ellesmere. Dave M left an early stage for an appointment in Malpas. Lunch was taken at the Black Lion pub which proved perfectly satisfactory. The return route was to Penley, Bangor on Dee and Erdigg where a visit to the cafe there was suggested. We entered through the back gate only to be later chastised (politely, no racial abuse) by a NT official for not using the official entrance and paying the entrance fee or showing a membership card. We than rode through the heavy school pickup traffic of Wrexham to Gwersyllt where Ray and Tony continued to Chester, Mike G having left earlier to return to the railway station. About 40 miles round trip from the cafe.
Great pictures from Brian MacDonald.