Sherborne to Langport

Saturday 16 June 2018

An overcast day with showers forecast and a strong South Westerly blowing did not put off the ten who gathered for coffee at Castle Gardens. Although the majority had been born before the advent of the NHS it was considered, after comparison of medical histories that it was largely thanks to the care of this institution that all were able to set off on the ride!!

Our route took us through Barwick, Nash and onto Ham Hill. The motorcyclist descending the hill, having the benefit of a twin disc brake, may have been surprised to have been overtaken by a cyclist. Guess who?

All having safely avoided the escape route through the Post Office door, it was on into Martock, Muchelney, Langport and lunch at The Potting Shed. Despite the notice at the door, requesting the services of a cook, this proved an excellent venue. With   reserved table and extensive menu to suit the needs of hungry cyclists. We expect they may have had “chocolate in the fridge!!” Who said, “The ride leader would not know his Focaccia from his Ciabatta?” Mike N travelled from Somerton to join us for lunch.

Discussions were held on the preferred route home. Who had the map (Four OS maps are required for this 45 mile ride) decision made, we would all stay together until Goose Slade Farm. Garmin got a bit confused going through Ash on the second lap, but by careful route planning we doubt anyone rode the same stretch of road more than three times.

Safely at Goose Slade Farm tea was taken. No punctures or mechanical failures to report. No one lost despite Ron’s best efforts.

All will have covered at least 50 miles before reaching home, some 60 or 70, others perhaps 80 and guess who 104?

Thank you to Mary, Jill, Roger, Charlie, Mike A, Ed, Paul and Ron for your support.

Peter and Nicky Vaughan

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