Brian’s ride from Yalding to Headcorn

04/11/2017 16:22 | Anonymous member

A really big turn out at Yalding Station,with the Easy riders + also starting there with about 20 riders.After early pleasantries,the 3 groups set off to their various routes.Brian with a group of 6 said that his ride would be hilly on the way out and flat for the return.A miserable weather morning that always threatened rain,and the roads were pretty grotty after an over night soaking.Brian pedalled off ,and after Yalding,it was up Kenward Hill,over the top to Small Profits and Shingle Barn Lane before the quite treacherous descent of Barn Hill ,with wet brakes not binding as well as normal.Back up part of Church Hill,then numerous quiet lane and the only puncture of the day surprisingly ,with Bob being the unlucky one.Typically,with no cover the rain decided to absolutely lash down,at that moment,and with rain trickling down the neck,it wasn’t too much fun.Anyway onwards,and Brian found many quiet lanes to get to the break at Coffee Corner cafe,Headcorn.The staff must have looked in Pity at the bedraggled souls who entered their door,wet their floor and chairs,but business is business,I guess.Partially dried out,Brian promised a flat route back,and to keep warm,hot up the pace a bit,and he charged off like a rocket preparing for tonight’s firework displays to Staplehurst and onto the Goudhurst Road.Carrying on at the same pace,with his flock puffing a bit,Brian headed for Claygate and Laddingford before getting back to Yalding,thankfully in the dry.A distance of 36 miles at 13.8 mph average.Thankyou Brian,lovely ride.

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