Sunday 27 October 2019
Following the MET office reports for Saturday of 60/80mph gusty conditions on the south coast and 50/70 mph predicted gusts inland the prospects for my ride looked bleak. This was backed up on the day following a miserable early morning walk with my dog ‘Harvey’ where we both struggled to keep our feet and were thoroughly soaked. Just before 9:00 am I informed Charlie that the conditions were a bit wild and it was unlikely my ride would go ahead today. However, we agreed to meet at Dikes Supermarket as usual, Charlie said he would talk to Mary to save a possible challenging ride from her home to Stalbridge. Our rendezvous at Dikes consisted of 6 keen club members, or should I say, 2 very keen members (Charlie & myself) and 4 not quite so keen (Jackie, Lorraine, Richard & Ron) as they came in their civvies. Following a good discussion over coffee, we decided to reschedule the ride to the following day and to contact Dave Matten to send an appropriate e-mail.
Well, another day, and certainly a change for the better on the weather front with a reasonable NW breeze and shower free, for the new start from Henstridge Golf Club. Over Coffee and cakes Roger, Charlie and the 3 Mikes (myself included) all wished Lorraine bon voyage on her New Zealand adventure. We certainly have some globe trotters in BVCC as we had also wished Richard all the best on his Madagascar forthcoming trip yesterday.
My planned route that I had checked out last Sunday was to be 56 mile to the Sun Inn on the outskirts of Dorchester via Puddletown, Warmwell, Broadmayne and Kingston Maurward. Disappointingly due to time constraints from my only 2 intrepid starters Charlie and Mike (A) our route consisted of a short ride to the Poachers Inn at Piddletrenthide.
However, not all hardship, the food at the Poachers was excellent and my two companions had me in stitches over some brilliant life experiences. We actually had blue skies for a short time on our return leg.