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Black Bull, Market Overton
There were twelve Embers starting August with a ride east from Melton. Velo John took us on a route that would be muddy in any other season.
The route brought us out close to Market Overton and a pub we hadn't tried until now. We then returned via the Windmill at Wymondham where we paused for refreshements. Then back to Melton for more...
In the first week of the new month, many riders cycled miles on various routes.
Abbey Park Pavilion
Another scorching day so we decided to cycle locally in the early morning to avoid the midday sun. Mick, Ian and Grahame, who were heading south, met Carol, Tim and Ben at Bede Park. With time in hand before the Pavilion opened we detoured to the Great Central Railway Station to inspect the restoration. The building has been put to good use and we were especially drawn to the (upstairs) ice cream van which does not dispense Mr Whippys!
We then continued to Abbey Park where Dave Parry and Derek Jordan were already sitting on the shady side of the Pavilion. The ice creams were very welcome but, despite their delicious flavours, we came away with a decidedly bitter taste in our mouths; a thief had cut a cable and stolen Ians bicycle.
This week many riders were permitted to take an early banana break and individual miles count. We therefore sweated miles (estimated).
The Hare, Loddington
Setting off from East Carlton Park, eight Embers found a Road Closed sign that could not be walked round. So we retraced to Desborough and the Revive tea rooms. Then onward to Broughton here we couldn't get a meal. So we again retraced our route to Loddington.
After food and refreshments at The Hare we returned via Revive at Desborough (passing The George, where the Corby & Kettering MCC met in the 1980s) and then back to base on relatively flat roads.
This week many Embers cycled miles of which 300 were uphill and the rest were doubling back along our route.
The Waggon, Halam
When on the joint ride today it drizzled all day. But to and from Gunthorpe from where we parked the weather was good. Go figure.
We started with a coffee at Gunthorpe, then lunch at Halam and finally cake at Bleasby. Generally a good day despite the wet.
Ben and Katie Crossley stayed dry for ice creams at Abbey Park, but took a soaking all the way back. This week many Embers in groups or pairs cycled miles on wet roads.