Andy lead us off on the usual route up to Wrangaton , South Brent and on to Harbourneford, coming up the hill out of the village we where joined by about 15 riders from Mid Devon riding club. Now we had our first major shower of rain & hail coming down the hill into Dean Prior, we had our eye`s sandblasted by the hail. We all carried on to the railway station cafe and thankful to get in the warm, with the Mid Devon lot arriving before us it was a bit of a queue to get served.
Andy had planned to go on to Totnes on the old Totnes road and then the back lanes to Avonwick. But while we all sat having our coffee another torrential hail storm appeared, so after little debate we decided to head straight back the way we came. We were lucky and only had one small shower but were now battling the head wind. Time we got back to South Brent the sun was out and blue sky as we carried on to Ivybridge.
I said my goodbyes here and said I would see eveyone again the end of March as I was off to Singapore & Malaya on a trip I always promised myself I would do as I was posted there 1965-67. So happy cycling while I`m away and see you again soon.
Report by Graham Black
There were five riders at Plympton the start for the less than promising day but we pressed forward and tried to make the best of it! Cycling through Ivybridge picking up Trevor then taking a left at Wrangaton then on to Buckfast stopping at the South Devon Steam railway station cafe. There we were greeted by the encouraging sight of many other cyclist, David asked where they were from and was told they were a mid Devon Club. Whilst we were all enjoying a cuppa in the warmth looking outside we could see hail bouncing off the roofs of the railway carriages, so a decision was made to head straight back. Trevor peeled off at Ivybridge heading off to warmer climes and we continued on back to Plympton, a bit early than normal but happy to be back and in the knowledge that we were not far from the warmth of home!