Eleven riders assembled in Lenham as the alternate ride to the Away Day in Hothfield. Misty and cold, we all needed to be wrapped up well. We were heading to a favourite café of mine Footprints Café in Singleton, Ashford.
We headed onto Broughton Road via the Headcorn Road and up to Grafty Green where the cold bodies were now warm and going great guns. Heading to Pluckley was a lovely flat ride travelling along Crockenhill Road and Mundy Bois Road. We avoided the Hill and cut across to Station Road heading down and past Bethersden to the very busy A28. Safely manoeuvring onto Chilmington Green Rd and up Mock Lane. Always a surprise that lane after such a long flat on to its 8% climb!
Nice café stop, great service and very reasonably priced ‘nose bag’.
Our trip back was met with a sudden drop in temperature, however, we braved it, and headed back to Pluckley via Hothfield and Little Chart. Along Pluckley Road onto Charing Heath Road and along the rolling surface to back to Lenham.
A very pleasant ride with very pleasant people, which clocked up 31 miles, with an average pace of 12.7mph and 1434 feet of climbing.