Russell's ride to Goudhurst 5/8/17

06/08/2017 09:06 | Anonymous member

Yalding station car park was amassed with 25 riders,who fortunately sorted themselves out between the D groups,with Rachel leading 11D's and Russell taking his group of D+ riders out on a bright morning to Goudhurst. Trying to stay in 2 packs,the journey ventured firstly on the nice flat,open countryside of East Peckham to Tudeley before the undulations around Capel. Russell found very quiet lanes,and even a tiny bit of off road,over a footbridge crossing the very busy A228 ,before entering Pembury.The undulations became somewhat steeper towards Matfield but was helped by the lovely scenery.Inevitably ,there is always a Hill going up to Goudhurst,but with the thought of the break in sight eased the strain.The stop was at Weeks Bakery /cafe,and an upstairs room had already been set aside for us.I think the staff were overwhelmed a bit,as it took some time for all to get served.Also worth thinking about is the disparity in prices between eating in and take away.Starting off again,the sky blackened and waterproofed were donned just in time for a really heavy downpour,which fortunately didn't last.Russ continued the circular route with some more ups and downs,again keeping to quiet lanes,before getting on the flat again towards Milebush,where Darren drooled over a Carlton pre 1987 road bike which was up for sale for £70 outside a house.Apparently ideal for the annual Eroica Derbyshire peaks event.The final leg to Yalding remained uneventful,with various riders dropping off near their homes,before the Really thunderous sky deluged again.A distance of 35 miles,with over 2000 feet ascents,at about 12 mph average.Thanks Russ,great ride.


  • 07/08/2017 20:45 | Anonymous member
    Thanks for a great route Russell. Once again great company with this group.
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