With a hilly sportive in the North and South Downs this Sunday I could do with getting 30 miles of reasonably steady riding in today. I arranged to meet up with some friends (Nicole, Tim, Baz and Kacey Round) for a 30 mile or so ride from Hinstock. Perfect!
I rode up to Hinstock to meet the others via Sambrook as it’s a slightly shorter way than going via Childs Ercall. We then set off on the usual 3 counties ride via Market Drayton, Norton In Hales, Woore and Cheswardine.
Someone mentioned a cafe stop so we decided to re-route a bit at the northern end of the ride to stop at Bridgemere Garden World. Luckily I knew just a route that would also keep us off the busy A51 as much as possible.
At the cafe, the coffee and cake were as good as ever (always nice here, even if it is a bit of a trek through the garden centre to get to the cafe!).
After the cafe, it was an easy ride back to Hinstock, although the wind had got up quite a bit during the morning. Not too bad though.
From Hinstock I headed home via Childs Ercall but noticed I would be just short of 50 miles when I got home, so opted to extend a bit via Ollerton and Great Bolas to get at least 50 miles for the ride.
A fab morning out and back in time for a small lunch and back to work.
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