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Saturday, 2 January 2016

31st December 2015: Shotton (brisk)

There were a few riders at the cafe out for a ride heading towards Tattenhall but I was returning home so John decided to accompany me back to Chester.
The weather was mild but with a threat of rain in the afternoon as we set out from Holt towards Rossett.  Passing the roundabout and heading towards Gresford a right turn to go along Springfield Lane.  Although this is a dark tree overhanging lane the road surface was very clean!!
We continue to the end of the lane passing over the A483 towards Llay and it is the first time in three years since I have taken this route passing the infamous corner!
Continuing on Gresford Lane we encounter the first rain and as it is only 11:00 decide to go right along Gregin Lane.  John stops to apply outer jacket. We have to pass through road flood and just beat a white van through before pulling over to allow him to pass.  We continue heading towards Caergwle and then right onto Kinnerton Road. As the sun is out again we turn left onto Lower Mountain Road and towards Hawarden.
Passing the Gallery cafe we ring Tom to enquire if he is in, to stop and have a coffee but he was out. We agreed to meet in Wetherspoons Shotton for a coffee so John and I head towards Ewloe with the intention to then drop down the hill to Shotton.
Not having a sat navy this proved difficult!
We went round the big roundabout then take the Old Aston Hill turning right into a little lane which ended in a muddy walkway so did a roundabout turn and back onto Old Aston Hill and into Higher Shotton. From here our ride should have been a meander down hill and without noticing we go in a big loop and end up back in Ewloe! via Mancot. When I see the school it is bewildering how we ended up back in the village so plan B to get to Shotton, heading back into Hawarden to take the left turn down the A550 to Queensferry and the B5129 into Shotton.
We arrive in the ‘spoons before Tom and I enjoy a good pint of festive cheer and wait for Tom. He arrives and we get the tale of his Indian trip before Christmas and it is time for John and I to get back into our saddles although it is now raining buckets.
Outside we ride on the cycle way passing the Station to join the Greenway and back home.
John rides all the way back to MT with me before heading back home still in the rain.
An enjoyable New Year’s Eve ride out and 46 happy miles as we were both still smiling through the rain and looking forward to many rides during 2016.  Happy New Year to All

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