Sunday, 25 January 2009

25 Jan: Afternoon ride to Barton

It was a dull, damp day so there were only three of us at 2.15pm at the start point, Brookside in Cambridge.

Although it was dry when we set off it soon started to rain, and we headed down through Trumpington and the Shelfords to Whittlesford in steady drizzle. Somewhere north of Whittlesford I had a puncture, though this was quickly fixed. Then we continued to Duxford and Ickleton where we turned west along that long stright road that takes you to Ickleton Granges. By then the rain had stopped and it remained dry for the rest of the ride, though we had to ride through a succession of shallow floods (huge puddles).

Then we turned north (and a slight tailwind) via Chishill Grange, Fowlmere, Shepreth, Barrington (Chapel Hill) and Haslingfield to Barton, where we called in at Burwash Manor Farm (the appointed tea stop) just after 4.30pm. Although this was still open we decided not to stop and carried on home to Cambridge. I was home by 5pm. Distance: 29 miles.

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