It was nice to see Graham Black again, who had just returned from a trip to France, brown as a berry and now sporting a dazzling white, film star smile, having finally managed to work out how to fit the dentures he was trying out at Xmas Lunch in 2012. I'm sure you all remember.
After 11s Mike and Bryan made their way back. The rest of us decided to make a day of it and made Lamerton our destination for the day, following the lanes through Buckland Monachorum and Denham Bridge. I amazed myself by cycling all the way up the 1 in 4 from the bridge - something I haven't done in many years.
We made good time and had lunch at the pub in Lamerton. Afterwards we made our way to Tavistock via Chaddlehanger and the old railway track above Tavistock. At the end of the track Trevor took a right and the rest of us made for Drake's Trail via Tavistock and the main road. We thought we might not see him again, but he caught us up on the first bridge on the trail. In Horrabridge I decided to try out the main road for a change rather than toil up that rather wearisome hill on the official route. I found that there is a cycle path all the way to Yelverton from Horrabridge and the incline, though constant, is gentler. Way to go.
We met up at the top, though I don't really know whether the route I chose is quicker. Having said "good-bye" to Trevor, who was making for Ivybridge, we bombed along the A368 to the Clearbrook turn-off, where the remaining few parted ways - Graham Reed, Graham Black and Julie making directly for Plymouth and Andy Easton and I heading back to Plympton.
Though the day started dull and there was some mist and light rain on the Moor, we were blessed with sunshine for most of the afternoon. So we made the best of this Indian Summer and clocked up some 45 miles.