A What’s App chat confirmed that the brisk group was likely to be thin on the ground today; myself, John W and Nick. A last minute cancellation text from John reduced the 3 to 2.
Leaving the Moderates to sort out their itinerary and configurations Nick and myself departed on our 70km route around Nantwich and Wrenbury but within two kilometres of starting we had to don rain jackets and these were on off all morning.
From Delamere we skirted around Oulton Park passing through Wettenhall straight into Nantwich. After crossing the Nantwich bypass we meandered along the cycleway, following the River Weaver, until we joined Marsh Lane and then headed out through to Ravensmoor and Sound.
The cafe at The Dusty Miller in Wrenbury was the initial choice for the lunch but in view of the rain Nick suggested stopping at The Park as they have a covered patio area .The Park is a family run business in a lovely location overlooking the Cheshire countryside and close to the canal. The service was efficient and the ordered food and drink came promptly although the food we chose was uninspiring.
As we left Wrenbury the rain clouds gathered threatening to soak us again but as we turned east to cross the A534 at Faddiley the conditions improved and, by the time we reached Bunbury, the rain jackets and arm warmers were all neatly stashed away.
From Bunbury we went along College Lane, crossed the Shropshire Union Canal at Tiverton lock and then briefly joined the A51 before escaping along the delightfully named Rabbit Burrows Lane into Tarporley. It was here Nick and I parted company each of us going separate ways to collect our cars.
Although the rain showers were annoying it was an uneventful and enjoyable day on the bike. The enjoyment was especially highlighted for me given this was my first CER ride for nearly 18 months .