High winds for a ride from Snodland to Cliffe Woods. 16/3/19

16/03/2019 15:17 | Anonymous member

Storm Gareth still had a sting in it’s tail,but at least it was dry. A group of 8 set out from Brooklands Lakes, Snodland. Matthew had already ridden from St Marys Island into  a fierce headwind. With Richard leading,partly wind assisted ,the outroute via Cuxton ,where Matt peeled off,, and Cobham to Lower .Higham was pleasant.It was then onto Cliffe Woods and the break at the Salt Lane cafe.With trees creaking and flags billowing directly against the return route,it became a very challenging ride in the open countryside and cross winds,.It was quite a relief to get to the shelter of Rochester built up area. But tempered by finding the usual cut through from Commissoners Rd to Canal Road all shut and barriered off,but at least a temporary footpath was found.. The last leg,still battling into the wind,but at least flat ,went through Wouldham and over Peters Bridge to Snodland and the finish. A distance of only 29 miles at about 11 mph.

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