Arriving at the newly opened and renamed Cleopatra's at Holt were other CER riders already partaking in their pre ride drinks and munch. As there was a large group it would split into the brisk and moderate rides. I had prepared a ride out to Hough so set off with Tom, John, Dave P riding solo and Steve T.
Heading back down the hill to cross the bridge over the Dee and turn right to skirt the church and then out to Crewe by Farndon before turning left along Wetreins Lane. Onwards with a strong tail wind we were making good progress racing through Shocklach, Bickley, Wrenbury, Aston and Audlem. After turning onto the A525 at Coole Lane corner heading down hill into Audlem it is an awakening on how silly young drivers are in fast cars as two sporty cars try to pass us before the little bridge at the bottom and before going up into the high street. One passes down hill and one gets caught at the rear then squeezes past us as soon as we are over the bridge, lucky for them that they were not in the street when passing.
We are now on the main road for a couple of miles before turning right onto the lane for Hunsterson and staying on quiet green lanes of the country side in now sunny conditions passing Bridgemere, Checkly and turning north at Wrinehill heading towards our lunch stop at Hough. We pass the main line railway at Betley where I gave a little useless info of an occasion when the Royal Train was stopped at the signal box (circa 1973) when the signaller on duty had fallen asleep!! It was the early hours but he was moved out of the position as a result of his actions.
I had googled the local pubs and was looking for the White Lion that we have passed previously but ended up at the White Hart as the other hostelry was at Weston being informed by the postie!!
It was the midday special for all and service pleasant but we were soon back into the saddle with a now head on wind to reduce our speed back home.
We passed Nantwich and taking the usual route back along Dig lane and Swanley and onwards crossing the A49 passing the Chomondeley Castle to Broxton and enjoying the down hill roll crossing the A41 and enjoying the last few miles through Coddington before we leave Steve at Churton who is returning to Holt where he was parked.
The remaining four of us returned to Chester passing Aldford arriving back into Chester before 16:00 having covered 60+ miles from Holt but 80+ with the ride to and from Chester and Shotton.
A good ride and a pleasure to have Dave and Steve joining us.
No photos as too busy cycling!!