Barningham Lunch stop
Twelve set off on a tortuous route to Stanton Garden Centre for coffee. At one point we were heading toward Newmarket, however our leader soon had us pointing east not west and the twelve made good time over the twenty miles to our mid morning break. Arriving at intervals to break up the queue for food we met Christine Bass and then got separated as they didn’t have a table big enough for the bakers dozen!
The hop from Stanton to Barningham would be less than two miles by B road, but George had other ideas. We headed toward Hepworth, got lost, then headed toward Hinderclay, ended up in Wattisfield and got lost again and finally ended up in Thelnetham. From there we followed the road to Hopton and on toward Coney Weston before turning to Barningham and a rather good lunch at the Royal George.
12 riders on 25 wheels (one tricycle), no punctures and a great day out in the late winter sun.
The daffodils are already out.
Dates have been set for our rides in the early months of 2018 and follow the usual pattern of fortnightly rides on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The dates are set out in the calendar with details of Ride Leaders and coffee and lunch stops to come when the Rides List is published.
Please note that there are no rides planned for 24th December, 28th December and 2nd January.
With grey skies holding in heat, a temperature of 9 degrees and a light westerly wind gave benign conditions for the 8 riders, comprising the usual suspects, turning out at Nowton Park for todays ride.
Although our first objective, West Stow Country Park, lies to the north west of Bury St Edmunds, our ride Leader led us away eastwards towards Rougham before we turned north to begin our loop to West Stow. This route gave us the opportunity to try out some of the newly constructed bike paths on the east side of Rougham Airfield.
Flat terrain through Great Livermere and Ingham saw us making good progress to our coffee stop though quite what the Saxon warriors thought of our arrival is anyones guess.
The flattish terrain continued as we made our way westwards into the breeze and crossed the A14 at Kentford.
It was now that the second half of the ride began with a steady climb towards Gazeley. A few more roller coaster downs and ups led us to lunch at The Fox Inn at Ousden. Here we were very well looked after with lunch including a bonus trifle which some were later to regret…
A couple more rides on the roller coaster were aided now by the following wind as we made our way back to Nowton Park for goodbyes and thanks to our ride leader Colin.