It was a Plympton meet. Sue had phoned me shortly before I set out to explain the nonappearance of herself, Anna and Bryan R today. Graham J too, had let me know he wouldn't be there. It was a lovely morning and amazingly 10 of us met with 9 bikes; we had Nicci and Dave on their tandem. The most we've had out so far this year. Good to see some "old favourites" but also some relative newcomers to the group. But still, we are missing George.
Trevor suggested a route to Loddiswell for morning break in the garden centre, along some quiet roads, a pleasant route change. We sat out and enjoyed the spring sunshine. From there we made our way back through California Cross and Wrangaton, stopping to check whether the Route 38 cafe was open, but sadly we missed them by 8 minutes! Heading to Ivybridge where Trevor and Mike left us, we went in search of a cafe there but to no avail. Spotting we were opposite the Old Smithy pub, I suggested that instead and got accused of leading people astray! However the refreshment was good, sitting out the back under an arbour in their beer garden.
It was a fairly fast paced ride and for all those of you riding from Plympton and back it was 37.5 miles, a few of us without vehicular assistance had a few extra to add! Lovely to see you all out.
Bryan R is feeling under the weather - so get well soon Bryan.
Jean Harris' write-up on Trevor's ride:
A lovely day and 10 of us at the start at Plymco. Many of us hadn't met up since the Xmas meal so plenty of news to catch up with. We were: Andy E, Bryan S, Dave, Graham B, Jean, Julie, Mike, Neil, Nicki and Trevor who offered to lead the ride.
Now when Trevor says it's a bit hilly, you'd better believe him! We cut across from the eastern end of Ivybridge into the south hams proper; with narrow, twisting and steep hills for the entire route to Loddiswell. Avon Mill Garden Centre was our coffee/lunch stop, a welcome sight indeed.
The route back to Gara Bridge was similarly idiosyncratic but after that it was straightforward to California Cross, Kitterford Cross and on to Wrangaton for a cup of tea. But no, they were closed, no cafes to be found in Ivybridge either so we supped in a pub garden in Ivybridge town centre. A great ride Trevor, thanks for the unusual route.