Brian Mac, Dave H, Andy, Ray, Clive, Mike M, Lizzie and Martin met at the Ice Cream Farm (ICF). Dave and Liz Pipe arrived later but without cycling shoes so were unable to join the ride! I like the ICF at this time when it’s free of the crowds. Martin proposed an unadventurous route the principal purpose of which was to arrive at the Bhurtpore Inn for lunch. This is one of my favourite pubs with an unbeatable combination of real ales, curries and open fire. The usual route was taken over Harthill, Hampton Heath, Marbury and into Aston. The weather was dry but the lanes remained wet and mucky from the recent rains.
Photograph by Martin Donaldson
Vegetarian curry (medium heat) was the most popular lunch choice and went down very well with one of the 8 or so cask ales on offer. We then continued the anticlockwise circuit back to the ICF via Ravensmoor, Bunbury and Beeston. The pace picked up towards the end as rain threatened. Some of us took tea/coffee and cakes in the ICF before wending our separate ways home. Only 36 miles to and from the café; no mechanicals or lost riders; just a pleasant ride with a good lunch and company.