Alison’s was buzzing this morning with a good dozen or so riders assembled for today’s rides. I had no idea which direction the mods were heading but the brisk group, consisting of Ivan, Clive, John W and yours truly, set off towards the Sun Inn at Welshampton on a route devised by Ivan.
Leaving promptly at 10:30 we headed in a SE direction towards Wrenbury and with a following breeze, the riding was a ‘breeze’. We arrived in Wrenbury just as the canal bridge was being raised this allowed a welcome pause whilst the marine tourist traffic passed through.Once over the bridge we endured a brief high speed burst on the A530,, before turning off onto more favourable cycling roads to enjoy the villages of Ash Magna, Prees Heath and Welsh End before arriving at the Sun Inn.
We all opted for the healthy option off the light bite menu, fish or sausage accompanied with a portion of chips! The refreshment was from the Purple Moose brewery. Our meals arrived promptly and conversation revolved around the up coming energy price rises and associated cost of living payments.
Back on the bikes, the return route headed directly north which meant riding into a head wind this was compounded by the poor quality of the roads around Hanmer and Threapwood. However with Ivan and John on the front, our pace hardly slowed .
|We better have a photo, John!|
The only incident of note was a front wheel puncture on John’s bike. The self healing properties of his tubeless tyres meant that we we were not delayed at all, very impressive! A 50 miler at 16.5 mph average (at least)