A great turnout for the 3 groups meeting at Dickley Lane. 7 choosing to join Russell's ride comprising an anti-clockwise circuit of Ashford. A good pace saw us visit Sandway, Lenham Heath and Charing Heath before turning south to go through the delightful hamlet of Barnfield with its large pond and swans. Then Pluckley, Hothfield and Little Chart where, before crossing the busy A28, the puncture of the day befell Paul Cook who soon had it fixed ably assisted by Colin Campbell our back-marker. Then Stubbs Cross and Cheeseman's Green before going through Mersham to arrive at the Blue & White Cafe at Smeeth. A warm welcome from the 10.00 a.m. Inters who were already tucking into their breakfasts. Great food and service to fuel us for our return west down the A20 before turning right to Nacolt and Wye. A first in a long time was the open level crossing. On to Boughton Lees and Lenacre Street to Westwell and Charing where a referendum was held to remain on the planned climb of Charing Hill or to leave it for a straight run down the A20. Lisa, the lady who is not for turning, swung the remain vote despite a lay down protest by Rachel. A scenic route along Bowl Road and the descent of Hubbards Hill led us back to our start still dry but mucky. 43.19 miles at an average of 12.8 mph with 2,228 feet of ascent.
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