Sticking to roads that I know just in case my technology let me down I took Andy, Paul B. and Dave over to Turners Cafe at Horton Kirby.
The trouble with going over to the north of the county is that it gets a bit hillier, a bit more traffic and a roads that are a bit more rubbish (surface that is) than out in the more rural realms of Kent.
Turners Cafe is one that we haven't used before but it's well worth a stop. Food is good, service is pretty decent and the prices are right.
I was trying out my new bike for the first time on a long run and I'm pleased say it performed well, - I'd have been more than a tad disappointed if it hadn't.
As said perviously there were a good few hills on this run for us to deal with and after 3/4 of the ride was done I think we were all starting to feel the effects of them. This was our first run of over 3500ft for some time and it seems that previously learnt lessons about pacing are easily forgotten.
8 to 10 miles out though Andy seemed to get a second wind and pulled us home at a sustained 20/21mph.
The weather stayed good throughout the ride, though thankfully not too hot for us when taking on the hills.
All got home safe and sound without incident.
4 riders. 64 miles. 3583ft of climbing. 14.7mph average speed.