From East Malling to Staplehurst. 11/10/17

12/10/2017 10:39 | Anonymous member

A big turn out of 18 assembled on a fine morning at East Malling.Matthew Gregory ,from Ashford,who is an occasional Midweekers rider volunteered to lead ,which was greatly appreciated and we set off in 3 groups,including a new lady Paula,and good to see Phil Gerry also. Matthew chose an undulating route outvia Offham,Gover Hill before the levels of East Peckham and Yalding.Continuing on to Collier Street,Paula was struggling,so in order to allow the main group not to be held up too much,A few including Russell and me decided to shorten our ride a bit with her and dropped off at Helens cafe,Staplehurst,whilst Matthew took his group to the Garden centre on the A229 near Knoxbridge..The  rides back were fairly similar,with the main group doing a bit of an extended route out from Marden to Chainhurst and  directly up Red Hill,Wateringbury with  Matthew taking a bit of a tumble on route,but fortunately not too serious,before returning to East Malling.Peter and Denise who live near Ashford were kind enough to give Matthew a lift home.Both rides were in excess of 40 miles,with the smaller group taking a slightly more direct route without incident.

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  • 12/10/2017 17:08 | Anonymous member
    Very good route, on the flatfish side (brilliant). 27 miles to the cafe stop!!! But a good day with the usual suspects, and I didn't care if they were Men/Maids of Kent or Kentish Men/Maids, yer all just English to me lol.
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