That gave me ample time to unwap all my Christmas presents, fill a flask with coffee, and get on my bike for the short ride to the Coton Roundabout where we were meeting.
Rendezvous at the Coton Roundabout
Also on the ride was Val, John F, Averil, Jacob, Adrian and Mick C: effectively I would be riding with Newnham CTC. We set off north to Coton and crossed the A1307 towards Madingley and Dry Drayton. The weather was dull and overcast and a little colder than in previous days, and although rain was forecast to arrive later, the morning started dry.
Scotland Road, Dry Drayton
At Dry Drayton we turned south to Hardwick and then continued via Caldecote to Kingston. The plan was to pause somewhere to eat our refreshments so when we spotted a well-appointed bus shelter in Kingston we decided that it would be a good place to stop. Several boxes of mince pies were immediately produced, plastic glasses (and elegant stainless steel cups) were passed around, and Jim opened the first of a couple of bottles of sparking fizz.
Mince pies and champagne in Kingston
After about twenty minutes it started to rain and we decided it was time to return home. Our route back via the Eversdens, Harlton and Haslingfield was fairly direct, and as I was beginning to get cold I was glad I only had a few miles to go. I arrived home at about 12.15pm, having cycled 25 miles. Thanks are due to Jim for arranging the ride.
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