A Wouldham to Stoke I O Grain ride 14/3/18

14/03/2018 16:34 | Anonymous member

A new start ,saw 14 riders ,including a new couple ,Jenny and Rob, and with Richard leading,set off from Wouldham on  a pleasant,dry but windy morning.There was also a welcome for Phil Gerry . In the main,it was nice to have the wind in our favour,and the route was undulating,going to Halling,Cuxton and up to Cobham before Shorne Ridgeway and the lower road to Higham Station.From there,it was open countryside with the wind varying in directions,to Cooling,High Halstow to the break at Rose’s cafe,Stoke village.The group pretty much filled the small cafe,but the staff were accommodating and efficient.It was fairly inevitable that the return was going to be with headwinds,so it was more direct, but it provided good views overlooking the  Medway  estuary, past Kingsnorth to Hoo St   Werburgh and Upnor. The quieter roads gave  way to fairly manic traffic through the Frindsbury Industrial Estate, and into Rochester,passing the castle and Cathedral before Borstal and the finish at Wouldham. A distance of 40 miles at about 13 mph and over 2000 ft of climbing,but fortunately,without incident or punctures



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