John and Sarah had recced a lovely route from Aylesford to Knole Park,and a group total of 13 happily set off with them even though it was drizzly and chilly. John took a route out to Snodland then through Trottiscliffe and the Pilgrims Way To Wrotham., where Richard B discovered a staple sticking in a tyre. With great precision and a certain amount of trepidation it was removed with pliers,and to everyone’s relief hadn’t punctured. That elation didn’t last too much longer,when Bob shouted out that dreaded word “ Puncture”. Having quickly found the offending shard,it took 3 inner tube replacements and various pretty useless pumps and CO 2 canisters to get him going again. By this time everyone was getting cold ,so it was decided to cut the ride short and pop into a couple of cafes in Borough Green in order to warm up..The return route was quite short,with John leading through Crouch,Offham and East Malling back to Aylesford. A distance of only 25 miles,but well appreciated by everyone.