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Anchor Inn, Hathern
A dozen Embers began the month by chancing it despite forecast rain. So, kitted up in waterproofs, we made a short route to Granite's Coffee Shop above Mountsorrel.
We then took the pretty route through Swithland and Old Woodhouse, through Loughborough to the Anchor Inn, Hathern where we met Bob Nash and Nick Reeves.
From there we took a more direct route straight back to Mush's house where Jan had prepared tea and cakes for hungry Embers.
Red Lion, Huncote
This week thirteen Embers decided to unwind by cycling their usual route, but the opposite way round to usual. That took us quickly through Burbage Common to Acorns Coffee Shop. Then we continued north to pay tribute to the statues of our heroes at Mallory Park before returning to the Red Lion for lunch.
There was then a choice to either pack in for the day or to cycle to the cafe at Hill View Nurseries for more tea and ... er ... cake.
Posing with Roger Clarke after our banana break. L to R standing - Simon Over, Peter Wright, Richard Clark, Mick Ayriss, Grahame Billington, Richard Sleath, Derek Jordan & Ian Bower. Crouching Ben Crossley, John Muschialli, Bob Nash, John Ashworth & Dave Parry.
Stilton Cheese Inn, Somerby
They warned us this can be habit forming. That is probably why the ten Embers who set off from Houghton on the Hill soon found themselves back at the Stilton Cheese Inn at Somerby where their tummies reminded them they had recently enjoyed a good lunch.
At Café Ventoux: Left to right - Grahame Billington, Richard Clark, Richard Sleath, Bob Nash, Simon Over, Dave Parry, Derek Jordan and John Muschialli.
A puncture on the way out and a soaking on the way back.
Red Lion, Market Bosworth
This ride took place on Friday following Doris Day, a winter storm that blew through on our usual cycling day. As a result, ten Embers were able to enjoy a sunny and almost warm day cycling west from Kirby Muxloe to the Red Lion at Market Bosworth where we are assured of fine victuals and a friendly welcome.
The day wasn't without its problems. Derek's gears and chain tied themselves into a knot on one muddy section and that required a bike swap courtesy of wife Anne. Mush picked up a puncture on the way back. Bad luck for this week's birthday boy but Anne Jordan and Sheila Sleath provided a birthday cake with candles as compensation.
Now accompany us on our travels through March.