A great ride to start off the New Year 2/1/19

02/01/2019 19:37 | Anonymous member

The first “Where To” ride of the year and 20  turned up at Lenham .Russell offered to lead ,on a cold dry morning and thought that a trip to the north Kent coast would be a good start,but with the break to be decided later. A lovely route out ,by firstly going up Hubbard’s Hill,then what seemed slightly down hill all the way past Eastling to Painters Forstal  and into Faversham.From there it was into a northerly breeze to Seasalter,but with the tide out,Lisa and Sarah L,were unable to take the opportunity of a swim,thank goodness.With the cafe there shut,Russ continued the ride to Whitstable,eventually finding a cafe open called Bubbles near the harbour. It was inevitable with 20 ,that it was going to be a very long break,but it turned into a new and nice stop.The return became considerably more lumpy,but Russ found quiet lanes out to Hernhill,Boughton,Oversand to Sheldwich.,then more picturesque challenging climbs past Throwley to Stalisfield.With time really getting on,most of the riders decided to take a shorter route to Lenham ,again via Hubbard’s Hill,and the others getting a couple of more miles in via Charing Hill. An overall maximum distance of about 2700 ft ascents at about 12.5 mph average,without any punctures or incidents.Thanks Russ for a great ride.

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