Meeting up at the ICF, there was a reasonable turnout of riders and today I was showing my legs for the second time this year!!
I had a ride to The Old Jacke in Calverhall, so Nick, John W and myself set off via Beeston and Bunbury, then opted to ride along Long Lane crossing the A534 and on to Ravensmoor. This route is preferable than venturing down Cappers Lane as there are a couple of farms that enjoy making very dirty (muddy) roads.
From Ravensmoor we head towards Wrenbury and Aston passing the Bhurtpore Inn. At the crossroad we continue onwards and enjoy quiet lanes and a very brisk pace to our lunch stop at Calverhall covering 27 miles in 86 minutes! We would have arrived before opening time but I suggested we slow to 18mph and use it as a slow/cool down 3 miles out.
After lunch, we continue in the same tradition of BRISK and are again whizzing along some lovely lanes until we approach Prees where we have a halt as Nick has broken his Carbon water bottle holder. No problem as the bottle fitted in his shirt pocket, and the holder was correctly discarded in a local’s grey bin and off we go again.
|Now where do we go!|
Through Prees it is up the bank along Steel Road to Tilstock passing over the Shropshire Union Canal and just before the bridge was raised, then Malpas where you join all the new traffic and on to Carden where we say farewell to Nick but not before enjoying a pint in the Carden Arms. The duo continues en-route back to Tattenhall but gladly at a more sedate pace. The ride was 56 miles back to ICF.
We didn’t call in at the ICF but headed home to Chester with John pushing and maintaining an average mph of 18+ over 74 miles. I was really happy to get home today. A good spring sunshine ride day with little wind and no incidents.