A large turnout for the D groups at Old London Road despite 'could it be winter already' temperatures found 6 selecting to take Neal's ride to Lullingstone. Setting off in 2 distinct bubbles for a downhill to Borough Green before the mucky climbs up to Mill Lane. A chain off, rider off incident led to our leader having to abandon the ride when the dropout did its job in protecting the fame and leaving him gearless. With John B taking up the white charger roll it was the 'Secret Seven' down to the 'Famous Five' for the ride to continue with Russell leading. Neal's promised hilly first half was accurate but enjoyable through some new lanes and the usual routing challenge of crossing the A25 at Seal. A nice run through Noah's Ark (I bet they feel smug when the rain is torrential), Otford and Shoreham for our stop at Lullingstone Country Park. A limited menu still found us refreshed for our run back through Shoreham to join the Pilgrims Way back to Wrotham. A great route, thanks Neal, sorry you missed it. 25 miles, 1900 feet of ascent at an average of 11.5 mph.
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