D+ and B+ joint ride from Lenham to Smeeth

09/12/2017 16:07 | Anonymous member

The car park at Dickley Lane Lenham was really packed ,as it was the starting point for both D groups,C group and a lonely usual B + rider.  Russell was due to lead the B+ ride,but fortunately he was joined by a few of the D+’eras..So off he went with a group of 9, on a dry,sunny but very cold morning.venturing on quiet lanes,occasionally with ice puddles at the verges,and frost on the fields.Going to Charing and Westwell onto Boughton Aluph and a brief stop at Wye,for a photo.With temperatures still not topping zero very often,there were a few climbs before the very welcoming break at the Blue and White cafe,Smeeth and a chance to warm up and enjoy hot,reasonably priced food.All too soon it was getting togged up again,for the way back,going through Mersham,where Rebecca decided to become unofficial leader for a while and raced off a bit upping everyone’s heart rate,but doing nothing for sniffy noses.For a while,the ride continued on the flat through Stubbs Cross and Bethersden,before the lump of Pluckley Hill. Going on past Egerton  and Boughton Malherbe,and Russell wondering why he was finding pedalling hard,only to find that mud was completely caked between his front tyre and forks,necessitating the removal of the wheel to clear it.With the weather getting ever colder,and riders looking forward to getting back to the warmth of their cars,the remainder of the ride was uneventful fortunately.A distance of 44 miles at about 13 mph average. Great ride Russell.Thankyou


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