Ride to Rochester 8/3/17

08/03/2017 17:12 | Anonymous member

Wrotham starts always seem to start with dull weather,but 10 riders still turned up in the rain,and Tony Munn offered to take the lead eventually heading for Rochester.Tony took the group out through Borough Green,and Crouch  ,then onto West and East Malling before going through the Research Centre,to Aylesford,Eccles,and Wouldham,with a quick stop at the church to view the gravestone of Walter Burke,who was the purser on HMS Victory,and tended the mortally wounded Lord Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar.All suitably impressed by Tony's knowledge,it was onto the Legends cafe in Rochester.A firm favourite for good value,and great hot chocolates according to Tony,the connoisseur of such things.Out again with much improved weather,over the M2 bridge,to Cuxton and up the steady climb of a very grotty Dean Lane to Harvel.Just after  Fairseat and nearly home,Ralph got the only puncture of the day,and Tony Palmer stayed with him,whilst the rest carried onto Wrotham.A lumpy ride of about 34 miles averaging about 12 mph.Thanks Tony for the great ride.







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