Saturday 25 May 2019
Despite fantastic weather (finally Summer??) only 7 riders met at Thyme after Time; Ron, Paul, Mike, Ed, Charlie, Richard and myself. After the usual coffee and cake we headed north towards Marnhull and picked up the B road to Sturminster Newton, then back lanes to Fifehead St Quinton, Ansty Cross, Melcombe Bingham and Cheselbourne.
Despite the low starting numbers, the rate of attrition resembled Theresa May’s cabinet: Ed left us near Hazelbury and Ron and Paul apparently turned off somewhere near Ansty, unknown to me, while Charlie and Mike had gone ahead while I stopped for an, ahem, ‘comfort’ break just before Ansty Cross. Riding through Melcombe Bingham and Cheselbourne reminded me of my last ride to Cerne as I was again riding alone, finally catching the old-timers at the top of the long sweaty struggle out of Piddletrenthide.
Part of the previously appalling steep descent into Cerne had been resurfaced making for a faster and smoother ride to lunch at the Royal Oak, where Richard had already eaten after following an flatter route. A nice (Ploughman’s) lunch and much heated political debate was had in the beer garden.
The ride back was via Upcerne, where Charlie appreciated the scenery, then towards Lyons Gate where I parted company with the others to head home via Leigh and Yetminster. Not a long ride, but good company and great weather.