Saturday 15 June 2019
Eight riders and Caroline in a car met for coffee in the Poets’ Corner Cafe in Sturminster. The steady drizzle (or was it light rain) deterred us from setting off immediately, but when the weather eased a bit seven stalwarts set off towards Weymouth (Jackie decided to go home). Mikes A and P, Mary, Martin, Charlie and Ken followed me through Hazelbury Bryan towards the Piddle valley. Just before Plush the drizzle turned to steady rain and the suggestion to stop at the Thimble in Piddlehinton met with general approval (apart from Mike P who wanted to go to Portland). We were given a warm welcome in the pub despite our bedraggled appearance. Shortly after settling at the table Mary asked Charlie if he realised that his cap was steaming. It turned out that he had put it over a lighted candle. Fortunately it was so wet that no harm was done. The pub had no snack menu so we all settled for the soup from the list of starters. Our hostess said she would get the chef to give us extra bread, but her message did not appear to have got through. As we left the pub the sun emerged, but as everyone was still feeling damp we turned left past Waterston Manor towards Puddletown and then followed the road up through Cheselbourne to Ansty. By now the sun was shining and there were several pauses to take off layers of clothing. At Ansty the two Mikes, Charlie and Mary turned off towards Hazelbury Bryan, while Ken and Martin followed me up over Bulbarrow. Cycling through Child Okeford we met Jill and Roger who joined us for a cup of tea at Vale House. 37 miles with 750 metres of climbing. Another ride with no punctures though Martin did lose most of his gears.