First of all a big thank you to the nine other riders who joined me for the D Group ride to Lenham on what could have been a very wet ride. Luckily the rain held off, although we did encounter a number of very wet roads. This was my first time leading a D Group ride and it was a very useful learning experience for me being ‘up-front’! I would like to thank both Chris and Mike for their words of advice and encouragement during the ride.
We left Mote Park just after 10am and headed through Downswood, Langley Heath, Kingswood and Platts Heath before taking a short journey on the A20 to Lenham. Unfortunately we arrived twenty minutes before closing at the Church and cake supplies were running low!
The coffee stop was quite quick and once Mike had made some repairs to his bike we headed off via a number of country lanes and crossed the A20 at Harrietsham and eventually turned onto the Pilgrims Way at Hollingbourne. We followed a very wet Pilgrims Way until reaching Detling, where we then headed in the direction of Mote Park.
So following the ride I have an increased respect for Group Leaders. Oh and I promise to do better with the coffee stop next time!
We covered a distance of 28 miles at an average speed of about 11.5mph.