D+ ride 7/1/17

07/01/2017 17:23 | Anonymous member

Well a new year,and a bit of confusion initially as to which of the 3 car parks in Brenchley village to meet,but was soon sorted out.Russell came up with a great ride from the brand new starting point,and he led out a group of 8 on a very dull morning. The coffeee break was planned for Bodiam Castle tea rooms,a National Trust property.When Russ showed the graph for the ride,it looked like someone was having a very nasty heart attack,so we knew it was going to be hilly.Undaunted,off he trooped to Horsemonden and by passed Goudhurst,to Glassenbury and Hartley,before going along a miriad of narrow up and down country lanes to Sandhurst,to the break in Sussex.The usual twee menus,but well received,before the mandatory photo shoot in front of the Castle.We all knew that the same undulations awaited us on the return,and Russ did not disappoint.Back into Kent to Hawkhurst,via the Moor,and again joining cycle route 18,taking a similar route along country lanes,before diverting around Goudhurst and Horsmonden to Petteridge .Back at Brenchley,Gary dished out his Ruby Wedding cake left overs,which were scoffed with great relish by everyone.A hilly ride of about 3000ft,over 36.5 miles at 12mph.Thanks Russ,great if somewhat challenging ride.

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