Photographs by Clive Albany
An hour later we set off, but with Andy nursing the beginnings of a cold, and Martin deciding to get back to his car in the light, they leave us bound for Chester. So Ray, Dave P and I roll along the straight road into a head wind bound for Borras. Crossing the Wrexham bypass, we arrive in Bradley and take the back way into Alyn Waters Park Café #5. In doing so we get close to the Expresso (former café #5). Along the main road we go northwards to Caergwrle and take the lane across the river valley passing close by the now closed Tudor café (also former Café #5). Safely on Lower Mountain Road, we slowly ascend to Bilberry Wood genuflecting towards Hawarden and Café #6. Taking the usual return route, we decide to stay on the south side of the River Dee at Saltney Ferry and arrive at the Wrexham Roundabout via Curzon Park. Here Ray and Dave P go straight across making their way home. I turn left and pass by the Little Roodee Café #7. I cut down by the river back to Mollington with 60 miles on the clock and part way towards Café #8 at Ness. If you had gone back to Café #1, you would have cycled 58m and got there by 16:00 and in the light. I was home and had washed the bike by 16:00! So as the old saying goes, "CTC" really stands for "Café-to-Café". As I write this, the Mayan End of the World forecast is happily incorrect as was the Met Office's forecast for the day!
Best Seasonal Wishes to all CER riders, and I hope Santa brings you those cycling goodies you’ve been hinting at all year.
According to Wikipedia: Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in some English and Welsh parishes. Under the name of the Gangdays the custom of going a-ganging was kept before the Norman Conquest. A group of old and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish, usually led by the parish priest and church officials, to share the knowledge of where they lay, and to pray for protection and blessings for the lands.