Saturday 21 July 2018
A good turn out at Hillbrush saw the staff stretched to their limits but by 10:40 everyone had finished their drinks and cakes and were ready to leave (without Jill and Roger who were expecting a hot sunny day)
The group followed me through Mere and round Motcombe (where Robin left us), across the A350 and up towards Pithouse, where those who had gone ahead of the leader to get a head start on the climb were nearly caught out when we turned right after the tennis club.
Along the Nadder Valley through Tisbury (Bye Ron) and past the wartime railway station. At the steep descent near Teffont Manor we lost a few riders who didn’t wait to see that we were turning left at the top of the hill through the pretty village of Teffont Evias. Right and right again in Teffont Magna gave us an easier climb to the crossroads where I thought we might meet the others struggling up the 16% slope from Dinton.
A recount revealed that we had lost Steve, Alan and Jim (riding ahead of the leader!), and that Tony had sent himself off after being reprimanded for dangerous overtaking with oncoming cars near Chicksgrove.
Everyone took the long climb at their own pace and we regrouped at the top before the long fast descent to the Wyle Valley.
There was already a collection of bikes at the café including some of our friends from 3Cs, and Jim and Alan!! They had found a route avoiding the 16% climb but involving a mile of cycling on the A303!
After lunch, and swapping Caroline for Ken, we rode along the beautiful but very dry Wyle valley, through Sutton Veny, where the flags are always out, and up the long drag to Maiden Bradley. The group got quite spread out at times, but wisely waited for the leader at every junction so no-one else was lost until it was time to split for home.
Thanks to all who came with me and I think everyone who made it to the café will agree that the Ginger Piggery is an excellent lunch stop catering for the vegans and the Gluten-frees as well as the bacon lovers.