Think that Russells's strava entry just about sums up everything in the ride.Thanks to those 8 who joined me.Hope you enjoyed it.Good break at Taggs cafe Hoo St Werburgh.No incidents or problems.
Brian Kavanagh only found 2 people who wished to do a D + ride,so he joined a joint group D ride from Harrietsham
A joint group ride at D pace,with report on D group home page.
A great turnout at Bell Lane but only 5 wanting to join the D+ challenging ride to Brenchley via Goudhurst and Pembury. Russell leading (a loose term for anyone experiencing one his routes with unplanned deviations). Out down ..................
Discovered at the end of Church Lane a safe way to cross the Pembury By-Pass, a footbridge (well safe if not being demolished by an over height lorry as a similar bridge over the M20 was the same day) taking us down .........
Great refreshment stop at Grays Tea Rooms, Brenchley, well deserved at 20 miles
Thanks to Tony Munn for leading 6 out from East Malling to Hadlow.Strong winds .Out via Wateringbury,up Kenward to Yalding and the flat through Collier Street,then climbing to Brenchley.Stopping at the viewing point to see rain clouds in the distance.Continuing to Matfield,Tudeley and Golden Green to the break.,a distance of 23 miles.The return was shorter with two climbs of Matthews and Butchers Lane hills.One puncture and a derailment.Total distance of 33 miles at 12 mph aberage
A beautiful sunny day meant a monster turn out of riders. Seventeen left Yalding station and made our way to the village and an early climb up Kenward, not that we needed much warming up. There was an early mechanical issue shortly followed by a puncture for Chris Moon which Gary soon sorted out. We cut across the A229 at the bottom of Linton Hill and followed the lanes down to Hawkenbury, through Frittenden and on to the cafe stop at Knoxbridge. They were quite overwhelmed when we all walked in and the owner soon locked the door behind us. The food was worth the wait and while most of us tucked into the usual savoury fayre Kevyn had her first experience of Spotted Dick and Custard. The flattish and shorter route back took us past the Hush Heath vineyard, the outskirts of Marden, through Laddingford and into Yalding. We came back at a fair lick given the terrain and the splendid weather. It was one of those mornings when it was a joy to be on the bike. A distance of 34 miles was covered at an average of 13.3 mph.
With most of the groups going on the away day,John Spencer could only muster 4 others, Ian Murdoch Dave Pannell,Chris Daly and Eddie Walker for the start from Larkfield village hall In very overcast skies John led out,but by the time they got to Leybourne it was raining quite heavily,and Eddie who was on his e bike was worried that water would get into the electrics so called it a day. John carried on,out through Birling and Trottiscliffe before heading to the Jungle cafe at Addington for their break.Eddie joined them,having gone by car.Setting off again,John decided to give the group a bit of a puff by going out viaOffham,and then the climbs of Gover and Butchers Hills before returning to Larkfield.A distance of 25 miles,averaging 10.8 mph.
Many thanks John.
A really good turn out of 19,set off from Staplehurst,on a well planned away day trip,organised and led by Brian Kavanagh,and headed off to the Oasis cafe near Brenzett. Keeping in 3 very well disciplined groups,Brian journied out ,sometimes on main,but usually country lanes,skirting Frittenden to the three Chimneys,before going past Biddenden vineyards to St Michaels and Tenterden.Then onto the Appledore Road into that village for a comfort break.Mike G,whilst stopping,came a cropper,and unfortunately fell onto Jo's front wheel,buckling it a bit,but she was able to carry on ok.Brian steered the group to the stop on the A259.Chris Moon discovered that he had a puncture and mended it while he waited for his food.The skies were looking really dark,and just after setting off again,the rain hammered down,and the temperature dropped like a stone,and when shelter could be found the group took refuge.Funnily enough,a couple of miles further on,the road was completely dry.Brian looped a route back via Warehorn,where a second puncture held up the riders,then undaunted set off again past High Halden into Biddenden.Approaching Frittenden,the third puncture,so some of the group carried on .Thinking that it third time unlucky, until just before the finish,the puncture demon struck again,but Andy,the puncture czar leaped forward once again,and belatedly all made it to the finish.A distance of 48.5 miles for most,but Russell and Richard Byatt,wanted to do a 50 + ,so they did a final extended loop. An average speed of about 12.5 mph.
Thankyou Brian for a great ride