Once refreshed we came out to see a large group of cyclists across the road the second large group we have seen today, all out riding there christmas pud off. We crossed the road and joined the back road towards Ashburton, then taking the first right to Pridhamsleigh, it was then a long climb up to Five Lanes, to be greeted by another large group of cyclists, ( where are they all coming from ? ) We stopped for a chat to find out, and they were the," Teign Valley Pedal Bashers" out of Denbury & beyond. They were going the same way towards Staverton, so off we all set, I think the largest group we have ever cycled with. It was on to Wash Cross, Wash, Bumpston Cross & to the junction for Staverton Station, were we said our goodbye`s with them turning left and us right, and on to Ben`s cafe for our second stop. It was coffee,tea & cake all round, with Yolande tucking in to a Lentil Pastie.
After having our fill & discussing what we would do if we had been as lucky to win the £115 million like the Irish couple, we set off again to join the main A384 and to cross the Riverford Bridge over the Dart then crossing the road to join the cycle path up to Huxhams`s Cross. We turned right here to join the road to Rattery, then it was on familiar lanes towards South Brent and back to Ivybridge. I had 33 miles on the clock, and a cool & dry day, the occasional hill made sure we stayed warm.