With temperatures around a mild 14 C and dry lanes, it was ideal weather for cycling. Elevenses was in Ashprington/Bow Bridge and then we made for Dittisham, where we had lunch. Trevor took us on interesting lanes I had not discovered in the past and some that were well ridden for me , but years ago, with Grace Dovell.
It was a particularly hilly route, which posed no problem to most of the riders, but Bryan Richardson and I struggled on the steep hills, which seemed to come one after the other. But what do you expect in the South Hams?
Bryan was finding the going very tough by the time we reached Combeshead Cross, notable for its house and its inscription made in pebbles:
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
So Bryan and I left the main group there and headed slowly back to Ivybridge Park & Ride, while Trevor set a faster speed via North Huish.
In spite of the challenges, everyone enjoyed the ride and were glad, however they coped, to be out on their bikes and enjoy the day as prescribed.
Report by Graham John