A bumper turn out today with 20 riders at Yalding. Richard volunteered to lead again and we headed towards Bedgebury Pinetum through Laddingford, onto Horsmonden and then an “easier route” around Goudhurst. Richard had said this would be “undulating” but not steep like the climb into Goudhurst.. Well it was definitely undulating with a few short steep climbs, very taxing for a few riders. We went through Kilndown and then a short stretch of main road to Bedgebury, where the café was very quiet. They coped very speedily with the food and drink orders, and their cake selection was excellent. Because the outgoing pace had been a bit too much for some of us we agreed their would be a slower group of about 5 for the return. Richard proposed going straight up the main road hill into Goudhurst, to get it out of the way asap. Infact it was better than the undulating route. Return then by the same route after Horsmonden. Total of 31.5 miles at 12 average by the slower group.