Heavy rain was falling as I cycled to the Station Cafe at Delamere. Several other drowned rats gradually appeared, while others had made the journey by car. It was good to see Dave H looking well, though in civvies recuperating from his recent operation. The plan was to ride out to The Crown at Goostrey, and the party comprised George, Andy B, Bob and myself.
Leaving the cafe the skies cleared and we even saw a spot of sunshine. The route largely covered familiar ground, taking the back way to Acton Bridge and then on to Great Budworth, Pickmere and Plumley. Around Lower Peover, I took a new lane for me - my old OS map showed it as just a track, though on line it appeared as a yellow lane. It was OK except for the puddles and mud.
Entering The Crown, we were told that we had arrived before a large party of 50 were expected. Grateful not to be waiting for the kitchen to cook their orders first, we chose our food and drink, which arrived and were consumed quickly.
The return route was also familiar taking us through Lach Dennis (a reminder that Storm Dennis was expected at the weekend), Davenham and Hartford. Sandiway, Cuddington and Norley came next, before we reached our starting point.
Despite the early rain, we stayed dry on the ride, and the weather was relatively pleasant for cycling with little wind. The total route length was 44 miles.
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