It was a record-breaker yesterday (even Glasgow was sunny – I was sitting at a pavement bar off Buchanan Street on Sunday in daylight until well after 9pm), but stayed sunny and warm through the Tuesday morning. Seven of us (Martin, Dave B, Dave H, Merrion, Derek S & Brian M) set off from Greyfriars to a destination we hadn’t visited for a few years.
A steady ride through familiar lanes led us to Edgmond where we skirted round the north of Newport into the one bit of lane I hadn’t led down before (I always try to find a road that I haven’t led down when I’m leading – it’s getting more and more difficult!). Glad I’d phoned ahead since the cafe at Loynton Lakes was busy and they’d reserved us a couple of tables outside.
After an enjoyable sandwich and pot of tea (plus I had to have a slice of Bakewell Tart), we set of through Norbury toward Gnosall. Hadn’t realised that the access to the former railway line from the main road was down a long flight of uneven steps – rather amusing watching a bunch of cyclists descending behind me; pity I couldn’t get my camera out in time!
As we headed back toward Newport, we could see ominous clouds gathering on the NW horizon (as per forecast), so the pace increased noticeably, as did the headwind. We managed to reach Admaston before the rain started, but it was never to the intensity of the past few months. By the time we got back to Shrewsbury, the sun was out again (thank goodness, I’d left washing out on the line). A most enjoyable (last) ride before I go off on holiday on Friday – let’s hope my fitness doesn’t disappear with over-indulgence!!