First ride of the year from East Malling. 3/1/18

03/01/2018 15:09 | Anonymous member

With storm Elenor passing through,it was surprising that 10 riders still turned up at East Malling.Although extremely windy,it was dry.Richard led after deciding to go to a new cafe stop at Longfield.It was straight into challenging and  gusting westerly winds,Trying to remain to fairly sheltered roads,the route went to West Malling,Offham and Crouch,before Borough Green and Wrotham. Russell,who had still not got over his flu bug,decided to peel off ,whilst the remainder took the path up the side of the A20 Wrotham Hill,and getting onto the quieter lanes of Ash to Fawkham Green and the break at Dolly‚Äôs Diner,Longfield.This was a New stop,and a very good reasonably priced  one.The prospects of a wind assisted return leg was appreciated,by going to Meopham and Cobham,then down to Cuxton.The final few miles was by way of Snodland and Birling to West and East  Malling.A distance of 36 miles at about 12 mph average,without incident


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