Jonathan Engwell led a group of five in bright, breezy and cooler conditions after the overnight storms. The outward journey benefitted from the following wind but we were wary of the headwind on the return. We did a loop around Iwade but were soon lost in a new housing estate which had been built on the edge of the Sittingbourne industrial estate not picked up on Ride with GPS. We soon navigated back on our route and passed through Tonge, Teynham, and Conyer on our way to Faversham. We then took the usual route to the coast through Graveney enjoying a good burn along the Seasalter front where the Maidstone missile led the way.
We arrived at the Seaview cafe at Tankerton to be met by Tony's wife and dog and enjoyed the views out to sea whilst enjoying the food. After a photo session we made our way back and soon marshalled Tony to the front to give the rest of us some much needed shelter. Russell had an afternoon commitment so he made a direct journey back along the A2 whilst the rest of us did a loop up to Rodmersham, through Tunstall and on to Oad St. At this point I made a mistake by leading the group down Woodgate Lane which was not fit for road bikes so we carried our bikes down the byway until we joined the road at Danaway. From there it was a short hop back to Newington via Bull Lane.
We completed 51 miles at an average of 14mph, with no punctures but some worn out cleats!