Six intrepid riders turned out to meet at Lenham for a ride despite a bad weather forecast. Richard V unwell so it was left to Russell to lead to Bethersden as suggested by Ralph. Out skirting Lenham by Sandway to Lenham Heath and Charing Heath. Taking a right turn before reaching the Charing to Pluckley Road to avoid it by going past Newlands Stud and Pilvington Mill. Through Pluckley and left along Malmains Road to get to Bethersden for the puncture of the day befalling Brian O, quickly repaired opposite the tennis courts. Taking a right (not left - get it right next time Russell!) to join the busy A28 to get to the Garden Centre for a welcome break. South along the A28 again to turn right into Cripple Hill for a right turn into a closed road (thanks workmen for shepherding us through) to get to Pot Kiln Lane and then a left to Smarden. Left into Mill Lane, right into Water Lane then on to join the Smarden Road past the Big Cat reserve. Just into Headcorn to get to Ulcombe for a right to Grafty Green. Taking a loop to avoid the Headcorn Road to get to our first and only climb of the day to Boughton Malherbe church. Back through Lenham to briefly join the A20 to arrive back before the rain came down. All back safely after some 'Are you sure, Russell' moments. 35.3 miles at an average of 12.8 mph with 1532 feet of climbing.
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