Another strong turnout of 18 riders on a bright, breezy, and mild day and great to have Ralph out again on a midweek ride. The 18 became 19 when Tony Palmer, free of dog duties, caught up the main bunch on Long Mill Lane just prior to a major road flood causing us to do a brief detour. The climbing started up to Plaxtol and the route remained pretty lumpy all the way to the Teal cafe. Service and food were up to usual standards.
The route home was notable for David's saddle snapping so he pretty much stood in the pedals the whole way - some feat! The climbs of Gover Hill and Butchers Lane gave the lungs a good blow as usual and we returned to East Malling in good time after miraculously suffering no punctures on the ride. My stats were 31 miles at an average speed of 12.6mph and 2,650ft of ascents.