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Bulls Head, Thringstone
There was a lot of rain and flooding leading up to this week's ride. Therefore we decided to change to a location that avoided canal paths and muddy tracks. Nine Embers found their way to the car park behind the Bulls Head on the A512 at Thringstone. From there we headed on a loop north then west. When we became blocked by reports of a deeply flooded road we took the opportunity to have our banana break.
We completed the first loop by returning to the Bulls Head for a carvery lunch. Then we set off again for Part II that followed our tradition of climbing to St Josephs Tearoom for coffee and cake.
Belvoir Alehouse, Old Dalby
Nine Embere embarked from Melton Country Park after a quick cuppa in the Melton Space Cafe; (It's about community space, not outer space). We followed our usual route to our banana break location then swung through Harby, Hose and west to the Belvoir Alehouse at Old Dalby.
The idea was to return from there on a route that avoided one very steep hill marked on the map...
... so ...
... when we reached the top we divided into those (Grahame and Derek) riding home and those returning to Melton (Space Cafe) for tea and cake.
Shuckburgh Arms, Southwick
After a lot of rain we had a clear night and a cold, bright morning for our cycle ride from East Carlton Park.
Seven Embers set off for a punishing day of miles and hills. We reached the Shuckburgh Arms at Southwick in good spirits and enjoyed a fine lunch.
As we prepared to set off back the clouds opened for a downpour. We rapidly retreated back into the pub for puddings. By the time they were put away the rain had almost passed so we amused ourselves watching Grahame and Dave fix our second puncture of the day (Ian Jacques had the first). We then rode on into improving weather, back to East Carlton Park.
Cock Inn, Sibson
This week we managed to assemble nine Embers despite the dismal weather. We welcomed back John Muschialli for a "guest appearance" and then st off from Bosworth Battlefield following John Ashworth's lead.
When we stopped for our banana break it began to rain so we were pleased to pull up at the Cock Inn Sibson just before 12 noon. The weather may have again been our excuse for lingering over puddings.
Velo John then brought us on a short route back to our start with a welcome break at Whitemoors Tearooms in Shenton while the rain finally cleared.
Ragley Boat Stop, Barrow on Trent
Starting from the south end of the Cloud Trail, Velo John lead ten Embers on an excellent route that went straight to Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms.
From there we headed north avoiding almost all the flooded roads.
Almost. But not quite all. So when we reached the Ragley Boat Stop near Barrow on Trent most of the riders had wet feet. We cheered up when Mick Ayriss treated us to his birthday drinks.
John's unerring homing instinct then took us back to the Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms again. From there John guided us back onto the Cloud Trail by way of an easier router than a flight of steps.
See where we went in November.