As I had not finalized a route from here, Trevor took up the challenge of leading us on wards towards lunch. After a while and suitably refreshed the now six of us continued at a good pace down the main road and through Yealmpton. At Yealmbridge we turned left back into the lanes and Trevor took us to Westlake and over Todd Moor. Trevor had to head back to Ivybridge from here but he gave us directions for a good route on the minor roads that climbed then followed the ridge along the south side of the valley. This sounded a great suggestion so we bid Trevor fare well and continued towards Ermington. Continuing we made a few turns by the 'committee decision process', however despite Trevor's excellent and very clear directions we soon came to the conclusion that we were not sure where we were - relative to my trusty OS map. There was nothing else for it but to followed our instincts, however after a short while we ended up on the A3121 valley road by Ludbrook. Time was rolling on, I was now flagging & feeling the effort of the high gears on by bike and there were now some dark clouds about, so we decided to stay on the A road to continue to cross over the A38 then left down to the cafe. Graham Reed decided to give the cafe stop a miss this time so sped off down the hill to Bittaford etc. A most welcome lunch stop was had by four of us while we also chatted to three other cyclist in the cafe that Graham and Andy knew.
After a group discussion of possible lanes so as to add a few more miles to the route, we all decided on heading for home on the direct B road option to Ivybridge. Here, feeling a little rejuvenated from the cafe stop and being the leader for the day, I suggested that we avoid the usual route on the cycle track by the A38 and stay on the yellow road up the hill. This we did then left and past St Austin's Priory, left to go round Tesco then the fast drop down to Lee Mill,then the usual lanes to Plympton. We arrived back in the car park at about 3.30 having ridden 30 miles according to the computer. I was glad of having driven to Plympton as by the time John & Graham had returned from a quick shop at the Co-Op rain was in the air, so good timing all round and a good day out a wheel (with no punctures!) was enjoyed by all.