Bank Holiday ride out to Jodrell Bank. Training for Tour De Manc this weekend.

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I’d promised Nicole and Tracy I’d take them on a ride out to Jodrell Bank as part of Tracy’s training for her Italy end to end ride later in the year. Today was the day!

We’d planned to ride out to the Priest House in Audlem for breakfast and then carry on to Jodrell Bank from there. We arrived a bit later than expected at the Priest House and had a very hearty breakfast … a bit too hearty if I’m honest but it’s all good fuel for the ride!

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We arrived at Jodrell Bank and headed into the cafe, which looked busy with Bank Holiday day’s out. Luckily we managed to bag a table quickly and were soon having lunch. This blog is starting to sound like a diary of cafe stops rather than cycling methinks!

After lunch we headed off on the usual route towards Congleton and then Alsager, Audley, Madeley etc etc. On the way past I pointed out the killer mile of the Mow Cop climb.

We were going to stop at the Swan With Two Necks on the way home but opted to carry on as everyone’s GPS batteries were running low and we were worried about missing the end of the ride.

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Back in Hinstock we retired to the Falcon for a well deserved pint.

A great ride out with reasonable weather, although it was wetter towards the end. Always love riding this route.

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It’s such a perfect day … for a ride to Dearnford Lake for lunch. The cycling kit faux-pas day!

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I’d arranged a longer ride out with Nic today and we decided to go to Deanford Lake for lunch as the weather was so good. I drove over to Hinstock as I needed to pick up Sarah’s bike, which Sandie had been borrowing for her visit from Australia.

With it being so sunny I opted for the lightest colour kit I have – the Free Motion jersey from Gran Canaria. Uknown to me, Nic had exactly the same idea and we ended up looking like an old married couple, riding with matching kits on – doh!

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A beautiful ride to Dearnford with wall to wall sunshine and virtually no wind, Perfect! Once there I had to have my ‘tart of the day’ as it’s always so nice.

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On the way back we tried a different route than normal, heading left at Calverhall and going into Market Drayton via Longslow. All worked out as planned so we continued the theme and took a different route back via Stoke on Tern and Wistanswick.

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Another fab ride out in totally perfect weather. Loved it!

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A fab sunny ride in between work. Stunning weather!

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I was busy catching up with work today, after yesterday’s day out of the office at Buckingham Palace with Isaac collecting his Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Certificate.

It was a beautiful day though and I was yearning to get out on my bike. Nic messaged and said she was off out for a quick 20 miler mid afternoon and did I want to come. Is the Pope Catholic? Of course I did!

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I rode over to Hinstock and off we set on the alternative 20 mile ride we’d scoped out a few weeks ago. A glorious day to be out on the bike too!

After we arrived back, I headed off straight home to carry on with work.

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Mainwaring Arms for lunch and back via Eccleshall for no Belgian beer. Fab weather.

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Today we were riding with the Aussies to the Mainwaring Arms in Whitmore for lunch and then stopping at the Merckx Belgian bar in Eccleshall for a sift one on the way home.

I rode over to Hintsock and we all set off going clockwise on the route we’d scoped out a few weeks ago now. Another fab day weather wise which made a good ride even more enjoyable.

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Loved the part of the ride just before Whitmore where it takes you up into the hills and has some lovely views and hidden woods (did not see the wild deer this time though!).

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At the pub we all sat outside for our food. Another lovely baked potato with cheese and coleslaw, washed down with a pint of Joule’s finest Blonde. Lovely!

After lunch we headed off to Eccleshall and found the Belgian bar was unfortunately shut. Close but no cigar! Instead we went the Joule’s pub next door and sat in the beer garden round the back.

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Once back in Hinstock I headed straight home as we were all meeting up for an evening meal later in the evening at the Hinde’s Head in Norton In Hales.

Another fab ride with great company.

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Great ride out to Dearnford Lake in the sunshine for lunch with friends

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This weekend Nicole had some friends from Perth in Australia staying and I’d been invited along to the various rides with them. Today was a leisurely ride out to Dearnford Lake for lunch.

I cycled over to Hinstock from home and met up with the others and off we set. We were going a different route than normal and got ourselves a bit lost in Market Drayton (see the picture above where we were debating the best way to get back on track!).

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Once we’d worked out how to rectify the routing error we were back on the usual route to Dearnford but in the reverse direction to normal.

It was beautiful weather and we opted to sit outside by the lake for lunch. I had to do my usual ‘tart of the day’, which was absolutely delicious.

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We then set off back to Hinstock on the reverse route and via Tibberton. At the end of the ride we retired to Nic’s for a beer and then I made my way home via Childs Ercall.

A really great ride out and lovely to meet Dave and Sandie from Australia too.

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Ride out in the lovely sunshine with Nicole, plus from and to home. Quite a few new roads mixed in there too!

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I’d been dying to get out on my bike all week but it’s been raining every day and just not nice for a ride. Thursday dawned and it looked much better so I arranged to meet up with Nic for a nice 40 mile loop.

I took the scenic route over to her house and then we set off towards Cheswardine and then onwards via Bishops Offley, High Offley and Gnosall. Lots of new roads for me on this section which is always good to do.

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After Church Eaton we headed off to High Onn and then Great Chatwell and Lilleshall. The weather was nice and sunny and so much better than the last few days.

As we arrived back in Hinstock, Nic headed off home, as did I, via Childs Ercall and the quickest route as I needed to get back to work.

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A fab ride and great company as usual. Loved it!

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