Sunday, 18 September 2016

18 Sep: Sunday afternoon ride to Ashwell

Simon writes: Given the volume of rain that landed on Cambridgeshire between Thursday's ride and this weekend's rides I think we’ve been very lucky... or in Alex's immortal words, "fair weather was ordered for the day".

Setting off from Brookside in no particular order was Mike K, Irene, Mark, John E, Bev, Stan and Neil. However Neil did say that he wouldn't make it to tea and turned back at Wimpole Hall.

Bev also had time constraints, turned back at Wendy and, in view of his intergalactic round trip to St Ives, John decided to turn North only 1.5 miles from tea, presumably heading in the Wrestlingworth, Waresley, Papworth direction.

In Ashwell the lady curator of the museum greeted us, and just at that very moment we were pleasantly joined by Mike S on his assisted steed for tea

At 4.50pm we were still trying to tear Mike K away from the prize Marrow that the curator wanted to give him along with all the recipes she had for it. I had my excuse for passing up the invitation – I've still got the remains of last night's marrow and mince to reheat, and now, like the marrow, I too am stuffed!

The Tudor beams of the museum aren't really that bowed by the way, it's the effect my Garmin "action cam" has, at least until I get my head round its fish-eye view of the world in photo mode. It also records a GPS track of where we go which could be useful for future route planning but I also record journeys in case it should become helpful to have video evidence of any incidents. Thankfully we've not needed to refer to any yet.

So Ashwell took us 2 hrs 6 mins to cycle the 25.7 mile route that I planned on the website "Ride with GPS", and which included the Malton country lane from Meldreth to Orwell. After tea and at the brisk pace of 14.4 mph it took us only 1 hr 35 mins to cycle the 22.8 miles that I planned using "Ride with group consensus" all the way back to Cambridge Simon Gallaway

Download GPS track (GPX).

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