The route took us via Hatt towards Pillaton. However, at the Garden Centre we turned left and followed the lane up to the main Landrake-Pensilva lane. My intention was to retrace the route we had taken from Tideford two weeks ago, but I made a mistake and took us on a very interesting route. The only hills involved were downhill and we came out at the foot of the 1 in 4 we climbed up a fortnight before.
We made for Trerulefoot and elvenses via Cutmere, over the railway line and on to the Edinburgh Woolen Mill. Graham Reed left us there. He really doesn't like Seaton. Although we had no rain to speak of it was a cold and damp day. Trevor, Mike and I left Larry in the café warming his hands on the mug of tea he bought. He soon caught us up, though.
The return route took us past Castle Air, over the A38, back over the railway line and on to Bethany. We retraced part of route to Cutmere, crossing the railway line for the third time, but continued up the hill towards Tideford Cross. A little detour took us out further up the hill on the main lane and we made for the clapper bridge, Bramble Woods and Pillaton.
It was a strenuous ride because of all the hills and Mike with his two rings and I were flagging more than a bit. Trevor took off in Pillaton and Larry left us to limp home just before we reached Hatt.
4.15 pm when I got home. 42 miles on the clock. All in all - a good day out, but I think we were all looking forward to warmer weather in the Spring.
Report by Graham John
The “B” riders were also out today. Anna Bryant sent me the following report of their ride:
Caroline joined Sue, Bryan and me today, she had not been out for a while. As she had some problems with slipping gears, we decided to go up the cycle track to Knightstone. She had not been on the new part either. On the way Roger Floyd overtook us. Quite a nice ride, no ice, no rain and no low sun blinding us.
Happy New Year. Anna