12 of us assembled at the Ice Cream Farm under cloudy, but improving conditions (David M, Ray, Dave & Liz P, Trevor, Ivan, Martin, Dave H, Andy, Brian, Alan and Paul). David M had a sport plan that involved riding to the Priest Hole cafe in Audlem, after which the assemblage could individually choose their own method of return: moderate, moderately brisk or brisk.
Photographs by Brian MacDonald
We all headed out in a speedy bunch through Bunbury and Burland to Sound. Beyond this a few more lanes led to Audlem where the sun came out with a vengeance and a small splinter group of four riders led by Ivan headed for the pub.
After an excellent lunch at the cafe, eight of us headed back to Nantwich via Madeley and Wybunbury. Other riders variously headed straight back home, or went for a blast round even more lanes (Ivan & Martin).
At Nantwich the group of eight split to return either via Faddiley and Peckforton or the Agricultural college. At Beeston castle, David M split off to get an ice cream at the castle and then short cut home. However the van was absent so he continued to the Ice Cream Farm, catching Ivan & Martin on the descent from the castle but losing them on the long upward drag to the right turn at the wrought iron works.
Back at the Ice Cream Farm, most of the riders arrived in varying groups at various times for the necessary refreshing ice cream and a brew.
Mileage for the main group ride was 55 miles, Ice Cream Farm to Ice Cream Farm.