Thanks Tony for leading 13 from Aylesford.Going out to East and West Malling,where they kept coming across the Easy riders. One new rider decided to drop off and the rest went out to Ryarsh and Birling then to the new Medway bridge,where 4 more dropped off.Undaunted Tony continued to Nev's cafe ,Frindsbury,via Borstal and Rochester.The way back was uneventful,going via Burham and Eccles.Distance of 27 miles at 11.8 mph.
West Malling is now getting very difficult to park,so we may have to review it.However a large turnout at Ryarsh Lane car park,but only 5 joined Mike Lambourne ,whilst the rest opted to go with the D+ group.Mike peddled off at a good pace,going out to Aylesford then Burham,giving the group a chance to cycle over the new river crossing and the proposed new development.Continuing on to Upper Halling,Snodland and Trottiscliffe to the break at the Jungle cafe,where the food for a couple was not as good as usual,being a bit cold.Out again,and Mike guided the group back through Addington and Ryarsh,over the M20 footbridge,and finally up Sandy Lane to the car park,just in time for the heavens to open.A distance of 28 miles at 12 mph average,without incident. Thanks for a great ride Mike.
We did a joint D group ride,with 14 going to Paddock Wood from Barming.On route we all got thoroughly soaked,and had to take shelter at one point.Out via Kings Hill ,Mereworth and Hadlow.Then East Peckham and Laddingford,where Rebecca got a puncture,,but Darren got her going again quickly.The usual cafe stop in Paddock Wood,which allowed Martin a visit to Everden cycles to buy a waterproof jacket.The return with slightly better weather,went to Yalding,where several dropped off,then to Barming,where a spoke on Darren's rear wheel pinged,but it did'nt stop him riding home.A distance of 33 miles at 12.5 mph average.
With the M20 being shut in parts for bridge demolition,it was uncertain as to how many would would get to the Wrotham start,but 11 made it,including Martin,a brand new rider and Graham,now hopefully recovered from having a stent inserted.Also Chris Moon,following his shoulder operation.It was decided to just do a joint group ride,and Les,manfully accepted the lead and the group headed off for a roundabout route to Poult Wood golf club.He found some lovely lanes,around the Heaverham and Noah's Ark areas,still totally unspoilt by development,and then led the chug up from Seal to the nice descent of Carters Hill and Underiver to Hildenborough.His internal gps went to sleep,so Rachel,a local to the area took control and pedalled off to Shipbourne and the break.It was really lovely sitting out on the veranda in warm sunshine.Rather reluctantly,we had to eventually move,and headed back for a few climbs around the Plaxtol area and down to Basted village.There we discovered that the road to Borough Green was well and truly closed following a railway bridge demolition,so we had to back track up to Ightham,then the final leg to Wrotham.A distance of only 27 miles ,which due to the undulations seemed further,at about 11 mph average Thankyou Les and Rachel for your efforts.
Kevin Donovan led 11 from Staplehurst,on a lovely morning.A nice flat ride ,except Yew Tree Hill towards Brenchley,before zooming down to the break at the Station cafe,Paddock Wood.Kevin kept up the pace on the return via the flat lanes to Staplehurst.A longer than normal distance of 34 miles at about 13 mph average
Thanks to John Spencer who reported that he led 9 riders out from East Malling for an undulating ride to Hadlow on a breezy but sunny start.Going out via West Malling,then to Offham where Les explained to Valerie,about the Quintain on the green. Continuing on. To Crouch,Dunks Green and Plaxtol Spout,where they saw black faced sheep,normally seen on the Romney Marsh.Suddenly the skies opened and everyone got soaked.John said he must remember to take the price tag off his new waterproof coat.Arrived at Broadview tea rooms,soaking the floor.The route back was direct,via cote de Butchers Lane.A distance of 25 miles at 11 mph average
A very sunny morning at Mote Park,Maidstone with a very big gathering of about 27.Richard led out a group of 13,heading a looped route to Lenham.Out via Otham to Langley and Leeds on the country lanes and Kingswood to Egerton Forstal to the break at the church at Lenham,enjoying the cheap fayre.Resuming,Richard took the group back to Sandway , Harrietsham and onto the Pilgrims Way at Hollingbourne,before the final return through Thurnham and Detling.The only time the ride was spoilt ,was on return to the park,one rider found a parking penalty ticket on his car.Unfortunately,having spent the £1 ,fee he inadvertently placed it upside down on the dashboard,and the parking warden was unsurprisingly not responsive,once it had been issued.
A distance of 30 miles at 12mph average.
A beautiful morning,with a very large crowd of both D group riders assembling at Yalding station.Tony Munn led a group of 13 and headed for Headcorn aerodrome.Tony picked a really flat route,which was very welcomed due to the heat.Initially waving to C group,by the bridge,then off via Laddingford and Claygate to Marden.Continuing on ,Tony led the group through Staplehurst into Headcorn,across the extremely busy A274,and around to the Smarden Bell to the aerodrome.Very good to see the C and B groups there also,so what with all the other visitors it made the cafe extremely busy.All 3 groups set off at the same time,past Watermans, Quarter,with good humoured exchanges.Tony continued a steady sedate pace taking a direct route through Hawkenbury and Staplehurst,bypassing Marden and Benover back to Yalding.A distance of 35.2 miles at 12.4 mph average,fortunately without any incidents.
Well done Tony,Thankyou for a lovely ride.
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A large turn out of 16 at Headcorn,welcoming back Natasha after a long lay off.Richard led ,on a glorious morning and headed very loosely towards Ashford.via Smarden,and the lanes to Bethersden and Great Chart to the break at the popular Old Foundry cafe.The return route continued on mainly quiet lanes skirting Bethersden and through Smarden again back to Headcorn,without incident.A distance of 31 miles at about 11.5 mph,according to whose Garmin you believe!