From East Malling to Lower Stoke 19/7/17

19/07/2017 19:27 | Anonymous member

Fourteen turned up at East Malling,including a few we haven't seen for a while,Ian Alcock  Kevin and Del,on a dull morning.Richard led out to the Isle of Grain,firstly going out to Aylesford,then onto Cuxton and up the hill to Cobham. On then to Lower Higham before getting to the cafe at. Cliffe,only to find it closed.  Ian suggested that we try the newly opened Rose's tea rooms at Lower Stoke,so off we went via High Halstow. The break was really nice and very reasonable.On leaving,Brian found he had a puncture,and unfortunately the new inner tube got pinched so it took a bit longer to get started again into a challenging headwind to Hoo and Chattenden.There Bob took a tumble and hurt his arm and knee ,but with a quick bit of first aid treatment,it was on again to the Medway Enterprise estate,(wish I had gone another way as it was so busy). With time really getting on,some of the riders started peeling away ,whilst the remainder carried on to Snodland and Larkfield to the finish.A longer ride than normal of 51.5 miles,but for some quite a longer as they rode in. 

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