Ride Report, 20th December 2016

A group of 11 eager riders left the Nowton Park starting point, with Ride Leader Dick Myhill in charge. The weather was fine ‘but a bit chilly ‘ but with only a light wind.
The route left town via Moreton Hall & Shakers Lane & then via the Cycle Path to Gt Barton, Livermere, & Troston to our Coffee Stop at Ixworth.
Here we were joined by Barry (from Wattisfield) & Paul & Christine Bass who had struggled bravely 500yds downhill from their house in Ixworth. (Paul having arranged a rare ‘Tuesday Off’). We all crammed into the small café & were well looked after by the ladies in charge.
(we got cakes & coffee as well!!!)
Thus 14 brave souls (surely a record for a December Ride) headed North via Bardwell, Hopton, Hinderclay & Wattisfield to our Lunch Stop at ‘The Blue Boar’ at Walsham le Willows.
We had the Garden Room all to ourselves as we all tucked into mushroom soup or sandwiches, all washed down by a choice of ales & other liquid refreshment.
Soon it was time to head back to Bury & as various riders ‘peeled off’ to head for their home, as cries of ‘Merry Christmas’ were shouted after the departing riders.
Returning via Pakenham & Thurston the remaining riders headed for Nowton Park & home.
Special thanks must go to Dick, our Ride Leader who planned an interesting ride for us all, good refreshment stops, & most of all a safe, & trouble free ride.
Tony