Ride Report – Sherborne to Merriott

Saturday 23 March 2019

The first ride post Spring Equinox saw 15 members and friends for coffee at Castle Gardens. Plans made for the day Lorraine, Jackie, Martin F, Dave and Keith electing to ride North and East.

Mary, Richard, Ron, Charlie, Phil, John B and the Martins T and B to join Nicky and Peter travelling West to Merriott  and the opportunity to view Merriott’s take on the Shroud of Turin.

No punctures no mechanical and no one really lost. 20 miles saw us at The Feed Station back on schedule. A mix up over table bookings was soon sorted; a welcome from Bob the Boiler Man, a chance to join a birthday party. An enjoyable lunch was taken amongst the assembled cycling relics and memorabilia. The relics in question do not refer to BVCC members. On the South wall hangs a collection of various Club cycling tops. There amongst its contemporaries hangs a BVCC top. Who’s? A chance to start a legend!

A Toast,  Absent Friends!

The proprietors had kindly provided an OS wall map on which Richard was pleased to plot his journey back to the top right hand corner with the aid of magnetic pointers. The main bunch was heading east to enjoy the views from Coker Ridge, good even on a grey day.

Onto Hamish for afternoon tea, we had done10 miles after all, CTC rules. Ron was halfway to Yetminster before missing us and returning.

The group finally split at Bishops Down, the leaders returning to Sherborne, the mile eaters continued to the East.

Thank you all for your support, a grand day out. We note that the ride has been described as Social on Strava and that is exactly what we hoped.

42 miles 2,640 ft of climbing

Peter and Nicky Vaughan


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