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John Thompson Inn, Ingleby
Seven Embers started from Shepshed and followed Velo John west. We paused it for refreshements at Melbourne Hall, then continued to Ingleby in time for lunch.
After Mrs T's carvery at the John Thompson Inn we came back via Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold.
We couldn't raise John Beccles before we started because he had broken his glasses and gone to the opticians. However, he was back home when we returned but missed Tim who was returning his tent.
Only many Embers, but they cycled miles between them.
Foxton Locks Inn, Foxton
Velo John had great plans to lead us to a pub, starting with a climb to East Farndon and then to many more hills up and down. Mutineers then forced a change of plan and we freewheeled to Foxton Locks Inn where we arrived early, even by Embers standards. When the bolts were drawn, we who had been leaning on the door, tumbled in.
After lunch, John was still determined to lead us to a cafe for our cake. However, the promised rain arrived, resulting in another mutiny. Riders broke ranks and fled back to their cars in Market Harborough.
Meanwhile four northern Embers chose different roads and were soaked by the same rain, resulting in many Embers riding miles.
Malt Shovel, Shardlow
The two Ians, Mick, Graham and Simon took a gentle trip up the Worthington Trail to Alvaston via a banana break at Swarkstone Lock. Then onto the Malt Shovel at Shardlow for a pie and pint. Then a leisurely trip back to Worthington car park.
- GB & SO
Five riders on the "official ride", plus four up the downs in Wiltshire and two riding the Yorkshire Dales, gives many Embers and miles.
Stilton Cheese Inn, Somerby
Nine Embers took to the hills from Houghton on the Hill and climbed their way to Somerby on new roads and tracks.
Their efforts were well worthwhile once they reached the Stilton Cheese Inn with a rewarding lunch and birthday drinks from Velo John.
This week many Embers cycled miles.
Appleby Inn, Appleby Parva
Eight Embers set off from Sutton Wharf to retrace their June ride on roads still wet from misty drizzle.
We returned to a favourite watering hole where we discussed the expensive ticket price for the Classic Motor Show. We didn't need to worry because the Association of Pioneer Motorcyclists brought their motorcycles for us to view free of charge.
This week many Embers cycled miles between them.