A windy and puddly ride to Lenham via Westwell. 9/2/19

09/02/2019 19:33 | Anonymous member

A huge gathering at Mote Park of 5 Groups,B+,both  D’s,C and Easy riders +. When sorted out,Russell coralled 12 to join him for a ride to Lenham via Westwell.  After very heavy overnight rain ,and with still high winds,they set off through numerous large puddles in the park. From there it was uphill to Otham and Kingswood via the muddy and debris strewn lanes to Platts Heath and Egerton to Hothfield before the turn around in Westwell village.Having had the strong winds  mainly in their favour,it was pay back time.Russ continued his lead along the Pilgrims Way,where a fallen tree which completely crossed the road was being removed,so it was through the trees off road to get around the obstacle.Always worth a group photo.!. Everyone was starting to look forward to the break at Lenham,but that was delayed a bit for Mick having a puncture,but most of the group carried on,and all met up there later.Following the stop,Russ kept mainly on the Pilgrims Way again,still into the wind and puddles all the way to Detling,with another photo stop at the wooden carving of the Pilgrim sitting on a bench.  Later, a scream alerted everyone,when Inci got a severe leg cramp,and Tony M was on hand to lift her leg and massage it(well that was his version).!.From there it was uneventful back to the park,with a few dropping off beforehand  to cycle home. A distance of 42 miles at about 11.5 mph and 770 metres ascents.Great ride Russ.Thankyou

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