On a very dull,drizzly morning,only Russell,Darren,Tony M and Richard V,decided to do the ride from Mote Park,with most of the others gathered opting for John Blakeley’s D ride to Lenham. Richard suggested going to the Tuck Inn cafe at Newington,which was well received especially by Darren,as it is one of his favourite stops. Going out from the park to Detling and up the footpath alongside the A249 actually into the low clouds.Continuing on ,via very muddy,leaf strewn and puddly lanes to Hartlip, A loop to give a few more miles prior to the break,and Darren took the lead,showing the others all sorts of places where he grew up.The ride continued to Upchurch and Lower Halstow,before changing direction to get to the Newington. The cafe was pretty crowded,but the food,service and value was excellent as always.Out again and still wearing the waterproofs,albeit it had dried a bit,it was then up Queensdown Warren to Bredhurst where Tony sustained the only puncture of the day.Darren was on hand and with his CO2 gas tube ,it was back on the road again before too long. At Boxley, Darren left the ride to cycle home,leaving Russ,Tony and Richard the final leg along the Pilgrims Way to Detling.and just before the park,Russ dropped off also.Not a long ride,only 28 miles,with about 2000 ft climbing,at a very average speed.