Monday, 22 June 2009

21 June: Day ride (car assisted) from Easton on the Hill

Bob Billingham writes: We marked the longest day with a "car assisted" ride from Easton on the Hill, which is on the Northamptonshire/ South Lincolnshire border, with rides led by George Stevenson who used to ride with the club when he lived near Cambridge. There were seven of us on Sunday morning at 9 pm outside George's cottage at Easton: John and Greta, Doug, Adrian, Vic, me and of course George S. the leader. (The previous day I took the train to Ely and rode 55 miles to Thurlby Youth Hostel, where I met Doug, who had cycled over 90 miles from Stevenage).

Sunday turned out warm and sunny. George had worked out some good rides, which took us through the grounds of Burleigh House and around the best of South Lincolnshire's rolling countryside, using a combination of quiet lanes and off-road tracks. We stopped for a good lunch at a garden centre near Baston. During the afternoon we stopped at Castle Bytham, where there were street markets around the village and numerous other organised events. Eventually we arrived back at Easton on the Hill at about 4.40pm, where were served tea and cake by George's wife in their pleasant sun-trap garden. Bob Billingham

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