First Where To day ride 1/3/17

01/03/2017 19:11 | Anonymous member

The Midweekers first' Where to' ride,and a really good turnout of 15 descended on the Reculver car park,mainly by shared transport,and initially confused over payment ,as the machine had been removed.Russell had suggested the ride and valiantly led past the Towers and along the Viking Trail,wind assisted.Within a quarter of a mile ,Tim got the first puncture,and Gary was on hand as usual to help. Carrying on after ,with lovely sandy bays and a calm sea,all the way to Margate,partly on the concrete esplanade and sometimes on road,it was a fairly leisurely sightseeing route.Rounding the foreland into more wind ,Russ took the group through picturesque Broadstairs,and Ramsgate Harbour on the mainly cycle path to Sandwich.where Roy got the second puncture.Again ,Gary was on hand.The group parted for a while but all eventually carried onto the sumptuous break at the Princes Lodge of the St George and Princes Golf Club,which will host the Golf Open in 2020..A really nice stop(Thankyou Russ for choosing it).It was then returning into a stronger head wind,and going inland through very quiet lanes,Russ's first stopping place was Richborough Roman fort for a quick look,then a fairly direct and faster pace taking in the villages of Westmarsh,Grove Ferry,crossing the River Stour,with small boats berthed along the banks.Then it was through Chislet ,onto Bishopstone with heavy drizzle starting and finally back to Reculver.where Russ produced a loaf sized  cake,which was thoroughly enjoyed.A distance of 48.5 miles at about 12.5 mph average. Great ride,Thankyou Russell.

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