Today was the pre-holiday Gran Canaria social ride, which we’d all planned to do for ages and never quite got round to it. At the last minute, 3 of the 5 people dropped out due to illness so it was just Tim and myself on the ride.
I arranged to meet at Tim’s house in Newport at 10am and so rode down from home. We were soon all set and off we went, initially heading up Shay Lane and onwards to Eccleshall, before heading southwards through Haughton and Church Eaton to our cafe stop at Lazy Days in Brewood.
Just before the cafe, it started to drizzle a bit, which dampened us a bit but we soon dried off at the cafe and the weather also brightened up as we ate our lunch – result!
After a lovely cheese and potato pie and copious amounts of coffee, we set off for the return leg of the ride.
The section between Brewood and Bishops Wood was directly due west and into the wind, which was a bit hard going but not too bad (I’m well used to cycling into wind by now!).
Back in Newport, we retired to the New Inn for some quick refreshments, before I said goodbye to Tim and headed off on the ride home.
A fun few hours out, especially because my midweek ride had to be cancelled, first due to urgent work and then due to ice the next day.
Route: click here