Saturday 23 June 2018
10 riders assembled in the sunshine at the Gold Hill café in Child Okeford. After CTC (coffee, tea and cakes) we set off to Hazelbury Bryan where Jill, Roger and Robin turned off for home. The remaining magnificent seven continued down the Piddle valley to Dorchester and then faced the long climb up to the ridge, before swooping down the cycle way to Weymouth. After a democratic vote it was decided to eat at Morrisons rather than battle with the day trippers on the sea front. At this point Caroline tried to make contact with Ken, who was to take over for the ride back. As ground controller she tried to talk him in, but his phone ran out of credit, and he had to land in Asda to seek directions to Morrisons (which went down well with the Asda staff). Reunited we set off down to the front where Ed, deprived of his swim, changed out of his trunks in front of an admiring audience for something more comfortable for cycling. Heading through Preston we successfully tackled the steep climb back up to the ridge and then headed for the Blue Vinney in Puddletown for liquid refreshment. Ron decided his battery didn’t need topping up and left us here. We then headed back up the valley to Ansty at which point Charlie, Mike P, Alan S and Ed pealed off towards Hazelbury Bryan, leaving Ken and myself to return home via Bulbarrow, dodging low flying para-gliders on the way. Perfect weather, no-one dropped and no punctures. A good ride.
60 miles and 1243 metres of ascent. Max temp 31 o according to my Garmin.