Nine riders left Yalding station in cold but dry conditions. We were soon warming ourselves up with the ascent of Kenward Rd. As we cut through the the lanes towards Coxheath we were forced on a detour down Smiths Hill and the inevitable climb back up to Heath Rd.....extra climbing which everyone was delighted about after I'd promised a flattish ride.
We descended down Westerhill Rd where unfortunately the sharp left into Barnes Lane caught out Rachel, Bob, and Gary. Soon realising what had happened we hung around in Redwall Lane and after quick phone call we all joined up, with Rachel muttering a few choice expletives to Allan. We carried on via Hawkenbury and Frittenden and got to the cafe at about midday after a longish first leg of c 22 miles. Darren had ridden to the start without having breakfast so was somewhat peckish.
Service was a little slow but with a shorter second leg of 11 miles we were not in a major rush, particularly as the conditions were deteriorating outside. We left the cafe in heavy drizzle and this carried all the way home via the Hush Heath vineyard and the familiar route back to Yalding via Laddingford. Chris and Rachel peeled off on the way back so seven made it back to Yalding, arriving just before the D group. About 34 miles covered at an average of 13.3mph.