We 4 (Jonathan,Roger, Kevyn & myself set of on the 10.05 ferry which Kevyn as with her custom just made. We headed for coalhouse fort (roger wanted to visit as was opposite one on gravesend side)in east tilbury which had a nice cafe for future use by someone else.
We then trusting in garmin and past rides headed for southend. We headed out to Stanford le hope and eventually arrived in Basildon (through a Mellee of cycle paths which eventually had us stumped so after Kevyn suggested coffee and thinking time we stopped at a cafe in Basildon. A lady was listening to our conversation and suggested a route out to southend which we decided to take rather sooner than anticipated due to what appeared to be 2 drunk guys asking stupid questions about the name San fairy Ann on our tops. Route took us through benfleet,hadleigh onto A13 and eventually to Leigh on sea (loads of traffic lights) and then to southend seafront to lovely fish and chips. Return journey followed much the same route except a better route through Basildon. We then raced to get to 4.45 ferry but due to my error (wrong turning) we eventually made the 5.15. Jonathan pointed out that he thought Essex was flat lol
Big thanks to Kevyn,Jonathan and roger for there support and massive thank you to the ferry driver guy who not only kept kevyns car topped up with parking ticket, he also hid the cash she left on passenger seat and went with her when she picked up car to make sure all was ok top guy.
Approximately 750metres of climbing, 58 miles and avg pace of 12mph 3 x coffees, 3 x cappuccino, 1 x tea, 2 x cakes, 1 x toast, 1 Diet Coke 3 x fish and chips and a portion of chips.
Thought I try a different ride and was pleased with destination and weather was kind to us cheers
6 riders set out from Aylesford to Iwade.
Route had to go up the downs and bluebell hill was chosen, once completed we set out bluebell village along cycle path to yelsted lane, the route went via bredhurst to hartlip and along to A2 at rainham where we took road through up church,lower halstow funton to the stop at Iwade.
The cafe was a new stop called the brew house and they could not have been nicer and food was good. They did forget one guys food but they promptly corrected and were very apologetic. They also said we could order of both the breakfast and lunch menus. Very accommodating.
After food we started out on the return leg which took us down the old sheppey way through bobbing to roundabout at keycol then out through chestnut street and the climb to Borden, the route then skirted hearts delight and past the back of bredgar along blind Mary lane. We continued the climbing to top of hollingbourne hill. At bottom of hollingbourne hill we turned along the pilgrims way, through thurnham to detling, over the A249 via jades crossing to boxley we then turned towards aylesford and joined the new cycle way beside the Malta inn and was flat back to aylesford.
Total 37 miles, 650 metres of climbing, average 12mph.
2 x cakes, 3 x coffees, 2 x builders teas(cosy included) 1 x earl grey ( cosy included) 2 x scrambled egg on toast, 1 tuna melt,1 bacon sandwich, 1 full English and no punctures.
Jo Ellesmere led a a lovely ride from Barming to Poult Wood .Report on D group site to follow.
Starting at Marden Station along with B+ and Intermediates, we sorted ourselves out, deciding to do a joint D+/D ride. Thirteen of us set off along Pattenden Lane, through Chainhurst and along Lughorse Lane (successfully negotiating a 'road block') to pick up the warm and sunny downhill road to Wateringbury. To avoid the busy A26 we cut through on a byway to Love Lane passing by a very pretty area by a shady mill pond. We then picked up another byway which was not quite so bike friendly (Ray has forgiven me!) but we walked/cycled along here to join a shorter section of the A26. We went through Mereworth, past West Peckham, down Matthews Lane and Stanford Lane to Brookside Garden Centre in East Peckham. We enjoyed a good break here (photo on D+ webpage) before repairing Russell's puncture and setting off again via Yalding, Laddingford and Sheephurst Lane. We made a loop via Hush Heath Winery without losing anyone (a little surprising as their champagne has won awards) and round a bit further before returning to Marden Station. There was an accidental added loop via the A229 - I put this down to a conversation with Russell about student loans resulting in a missed turning! A beautiful warm, sunny day, this may have been the Last of the Summer Rides. Maybe we should have organised our break at Hush Heath Winery!? Thank you everyone. 35 miles, a little over 1,000 ft and 12.9 mph average.
Report to be on D group rides
Kevyn led 8 riders on what turned out to to be an eventful ride to Cliffe Leaving Snodland the group were stopped using Ladds Lane due to the dreadful fire at Holborough. Undaunted they continued via Lower Halling where they were met by a group laying pennies on the pavement for charity. A generous donation made by one of our members saw us on our way via Upper Halling, Cuxton and Bush Road to Cobham then through to Higham before our stop at The Cliffe Cafe Bush Road.. The ride back roughly mirrored the way out except Tony on his brand new bike managed a puncture. Then in true American hospitality the group now 7 were invited to Kevyns for lunch which included Possum Soup followed by chocolate, the group were relieved to know you didn't dip your chocolate in the soup !!!!! Kevyn then showed the group the amazing amount of artefacts she has collected on her travels before a lecture on the coffee bean. Having listened Tony decided that would be the last freeze dried instant decaf coffee he would buy from Lidl. After lunch the group continued there ride. There are winners and losers in this world, the winners were Tony and Sarah who becoming detached from the group took Vicarage Road down to Lower Halling the Losers Kevyn and the rest of the group who tried Ladds Lane again only to find it still blocked. Sorry for long report a lot to cover. Distance 36 miles Average Speed 12.5 mph
With the absence of a D group leader,for a Lenham start,it was decided to do a joint group ride.Inci turned up to find she had a puncture,so as always Gary was on scene to get in action and fix it.It was also a warm welcome to Lizzie and Peter Marley,out on their first D ride.Starting a bit late,Russell took the lead with a group of 12, on a bright morning set off to Sandway and the nice flat country lanes around Stonebridge Green and Egerton,then Pivington Lane to Pluckley and Rippers Cross.Just before Great Chart,when Lizzie was changing gears,the chain became totally stuck in the front rings and even with Gary's and Russell's skills it was a lengthy break to disentangle it.With a certain relief,it was then onto the break at the Old Foundry cafe,Ashford,a great cheap stop.Sitting out in the sunshine was most pleasant.Russell then continued his lead by returning again through Great Chart, an on to Hothfield and Westwell,before the Pilgrims Way,Charing,and Charing Heath into Lenham.A distance of 31.2 miles at about 12 mph average.Thankyou for a great ride Russ.
Ride report is on the D group section
Fifteen riders set off from Bell Lane Staplehurst , completing a 3 mile loop NE of Staplehurst, before crossing the A229 into Pinnock Lane , and heading south, then taking a road which took us past Blantyre prison. We made our way to and along to the end of Sheephurst Lane, turning left at the end , after 1.6 miles taking the gentle slope of Yewtree Green Road. We then descended Pixot Hill and other roads which eventually took us in a beeline to Teapot Island cafe , completing 20 miles before lunch. The homeward route took us into Yalding and along Lughorse Lane, eventually arriving at the base of Linton Hill via Redwall lane. Crossing the A229 , we stayed on small lanes until we ended up on the A229. We headed south until we took Clapper Lane on our right, we stayed on lanes that took us past Staplehurst, to add a few more miles to our trip, before arriving at base from the south. We covered 35 miles at a respectable pace of 14.4 MPH , and ascending 1350 feet.
With a large amount of riders turning up for today's joint ride and Tony Munn now able to attend it was agreed with John that we do a D and D+ ride. Tony led 7 riders on a loop to Ditton before cycling out via Aylesford to Eccles. The group then continued through Wouldham across the Medway Bridge and down to Cuxton. Continuing the group cycled via Dode and up the long climb to Harvel, a long drop then followed down Holly Hill before continuing via Ryarsh and the stop at The Jungle Cafe. Then back via Offham with a loop around the back of East Malling which saw the group arrive back 5 mins before the Ds
Distance 30.5 miles Average Speed 12.1 miles Climb 1900 ft