Quiet lanes to Hadlow, 19 May 2018

22/05/2018 21:32 | Anonymous member

A group of seven select women and four fine men set out from East Malling, with John in the lead and Sarah riding as back marker to avoid any losses (see D ride report 10 March).  We welcomed the friendly Deborah to her first SFA ride. The sun was shining, the wind was absent and the roads were quiet. What could possibly go wrong? Well, read on! We rode through West Malling, Ofham, Crouch and Dunk’s Green, past Poult Wood golf course and around some lovely lanes through East Peckaham to arrive at Brookside Garden Centre, Hadlow. We enjoyed prompt, friendly service, beating another group of cyclists to the front of the queue. We sipped our tea on the peaceful patio in the sunshine, feeling pleased that we had chosen cycling over watching Megan and Harry on TV! The route back was slightly more hilly, along Common Road, through Mereworth, up Butcher’s Hill and on to King’s Hill. That’s when Chris had serious words with his new bike and asked us to continue whilst he and Jane tried to coax his tyre back on to a tubeless rim. We took the cycle path along the A228, then a route via Pikey Lane back. Chris and Jane arrived safely a short while afterwards. Distance: 28 miles; average speed: 12.5 mph; discussion about tubeless tyres: endless.


  • 23/05/2018 18:57 | Anonymous member
    Pleased the ride went well for everyone.Sorry Chris!
    Thanks Sarah and John for leading.
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