I’ve not been on a club ride for absolutely ages and so offered to lead the 10am steady ride today. I had planned a fab route out to the lovely Fire Station Cafe in Malpas but a quick last minute check revealed it was closed on Sundays, so I switched the ride to Cheerbrook Farm Cafe in Nantwich.
I rode the 7 miles from home down to Newport ready for the start of the ride. In the square, I bumped into some other Raiders who were riding out to the TT presentation ceremony at Ellerdine Village Hall and was just about to join them when people for my ride turned up.
We set off a bit late after waiting for the Dad of the family that had joined us to turn up on his electric bike. Off we set…
I was wondering how to pace the ride as I’ve not done the steady ride for ages and usually ride on my own or in small groups at a much faster pace. Not a great problem and I soon found the right kind of pace for the others in the group.
At Market Drayton, the Dad of the family opted to head back home to Newport as the battery on his electric bike was going down quite quickly and there was no way it would last to Nantwich and back. The remaining 4 of us carried on up past Audlem to Nantwich and the cafe.
The cafe was busy but they found us a nice table by the window and we had a lovely lunch. Absolutely love the mushrooms on toast and coffee here!
We spent a bit too long at the cafe and were thus late setting off back to Newport so I was conscious we needed to return before sunset as I was the only one with lights. I pushed the pace a bit and we arrived back just in time.
I said my goodbye’s to the others and headed off to the New Inn to see if any other Raiders were in. They were not, so I got a pint anyway and was then going to head off home afterwards.
I’d only just sat down when the Booze Cruise arrived back from their ride so they joined me and we ended up chatting away for quite some time. I then headed off home with 70+ miles on the clock.
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