Pre New Year ride from Barming to Chart Sutton. 30/12/17

30/12/2017 15:17 | Anonymous member

What a great turnout of  23  for the D groups at Barming.Fortunately Chris Moon took about half on his ride to Paddock Wood,whilst 10 others ,including Dee and Linton plus Anita from the B groups joining Richard for his lead to Chart Sutton.After the recent heavy rains,it was inevitably going to be a mucky,puddly ride.Leaving the start ,and going down to cross the Medway and railway line to get to Tovil,and enjoying the brand new super bridge that crosses both.(sorry about the two wrong turnings just before).It was then uphill ,before arriving at Loose village,and more uphills to Boughton Monchelsea, onto  the Ridge .A bit of a loop through Sutton Valence and East Sutton,before the arrival for the break at the Ridge golf club.A really warm welcome by the staff,who had set aside a room specially,with coffee and teas .Quite an extended stop due to the numbers,but good value and well worth it.Going out again,fortunately being dry still,but into a bit of a headwind.Russ had to drop off quite quickly to  cycle to Staplehurst to call the AA about a family car breakdown,whilst everyone else carried on the return route,which entailed going to Coxheath and East Farleigh,before the lump of Teston Hill.Several riders dropped off near the North Pole Pub to make their own way home,whilst the remaining few went back to Barming.A short ride of only 25 miles at about 11.5 mph,without any problems.

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