No one had stepped up to lead the D+ group,and the 12 who turned up at Snodland,were happy to do a joint ride for the second week running.Les was the D group leader and on a gloriously hot morning took the group out to Poult Wood Golf Club.His route went out through Birling and Ryarsh,onto Offham then Crouch up the Hurst,before the long descent to High House Road,and up to the Golf club.A restricted food offering due to the breakfast meals finishing just as the group arrived.However,still a very pleasant stop.The return,and Les took his flock to Plaxtol,then up the hill to Crouch and finally through Addington,and Birling to Snodland.A ride of only 26 miles at about 12mph,but enough in the very hot weather.Thankyou Les.
From Rachel Chacon
Important things first, thank you Kevyn for the gooseberries which were put safely in our cars. We had a tricky decision with just seven of us, D or D+ ride? D ride won when we all heard that Sarah Lewis had brought her "heavy" bike in order to load it up with cherries from Brogdale. Mike Lambourne's D+ ride was put away for a rainy day. Kevyn then discovered that she had left her shoes behind. We reassured her of all the daft things we have all forgotten (at least she remembered the gooseberries) and sent her off to get them, agreeing to meet up in Oad Street after our climb from Lenham onto the North Downs via Stede Hill to Bicknor. Thanks to Mike's knowledge of the roads, Kevyn did manage to rejoin us although not at Oad Street due to my lack of knowledge of my own route - this was a slow start and Sarah needed to be back for a 3.30 appointment, so we got our skates on and headed at pace through Tunstall, Rodmersham Green, Bapchild, Teynham and on to Oare. There is a beautiful nature reserve at Oare (Saxon for marsh/fen) and many birds to be spotted, but to save time we missed this loop and pushed on for Brogdale having done 22 miles. We settled for a surprising break ... surprising because there was just one solitary carton of cherries left at Brogdale (national fruit collection!) and no other fruit of any kind to be seen, let alone to buy for Sarah's panniers. John wisely jumped on the last box of cherries which we all enjoyed. Sarah was sadly obliged to fill her panniers with plastic bottles of cider, heavy bike now loaded with heavy cider and me thinking we need to get Sarah back for her appointment with 10 undulating miles to go with a cider wagon in tow. We pedalled on and as I was making very good progress (I thought) up a rather long Hill I was overtaken with great ease by said cider wagon! Bravo Sarah. We descended into Lenham via Hubbards Hill and made our way back to the car park, welcomed by unsweetened gooseberry compote as the sun had been beating down on our cars. Gary's gadget told us that we had done 31.7 miles, 1700 feet at 11.6 mph, and thank you Gary for reuniting Kevyn and bike with her car back in Oad Street. Team working at its best. A lovely ride thanks to everyone.
A Wrotham start,and really lovely to have Linton and Dee Swartz with Julie Colver join our ride,to make up a group of 8. Richard led out on a fine sunny morning,firstly through Borough Green and Crouch,before the lovely descent of Long Mill Lane,before skirting Hadlow.Carrying on through minor roads to East Peckham and Laddingford to the break at Teapot Island cafe.There,a lady named Julie met us,and asked to join the ride for a while .Sitting outside was delightful as the photo on the website shows.The return took us out again to East Peckham along the A26,to Mathews Lane and the beginning of the climbs.At the bottom of Gover Hill,Linton,Dee and Julie C,left to make their own way home,and the remainder carried on up the hill,where at the top,the other Julie,left us also to get back to Yalding.With 5 riders left,it was on to Crouch,down to Basted then up to Borough Green and Wrotham.A distance of 30 miles at about 12 mph average.
Before the ride start,Chris who led,suggested a minutes silence to remember the Manchester bombing,which was well received.He then took a group of 7 out towards Marden,through Linton,Headcorn and Frittenden,before returning to Staplehurst,for a well earned break.Wendy left to get chain problems sorted,and Terry bailed out.The remaining 5 then cycled to Cranbrook and back.A very pleasant ride of 26 miles at 13.4 mph average.
Thankyou Jo for placing report on the D forum
A combined ride with the D+ Group taking in the completed Barming to Aylesford Medway Towpath and Maidstone CycleFest. See the report under D+ Ride Reports.
John Spencer led and reports there was quite a gathering at Yalding Station for the D Rides but just nine riders for the D Group to Millbrook Garden Centre at Staplehurst. Nothing to report for the outward journey except the usual gossip as to what is going to happen to the closed White Hart at Claygate. A circular route from Claygate, Sheephurst, Marden and then Grave Lane to the refreshment stop. They found the Swale CTC Group already there being one of their standard rides, but with a little shuffling of chairs room for all. Familiar route back with a loop via Churn Lane and Willow Lane passing "Laddingford International Airport" and still no planes and back to Yalding after 25 miles at 12 mph average.
On a sunny day,when most of the D groups opted to go with the Away Day from Appledore to Rye,only 4 joined Mike Griffiths for his lead.However,sometimes small is good,and easier to manage.Mike had an enjoyable ride out to Otford,stopping at the cafe by the pond,where they were well looked after,An uneventful ride of 28 miles.Thankyou Mike
A great turnout at Aylesford with 8 choosing to join Russell's proposed ride to Hoo. We welcomed two new riders to the group, Julie and Martin and set off past the Priory, through the new Peters village to Wouldham and Rochester. A nasty fall at the bottom of Shorts Way at the sharp right bend to the Esplanade left Julie in a bad way but still walking and her bike out of action. Many thanks to Medway Rowing Club for their hospitality while Martin collected his car. Six continued through Rochester and on to Upnor with Mike leaving early to return to meet a commitment leaving 5 to have a break at the Ship Inn where we stunned by their high prices!. We returned through Rochester and the 'high road' to Burham. A shortened ride of just 22.6 miles at 12.3 mph average. Best wishes to Julie for a speedy recovery.
Please see Rachel's ride report on the group forum.