Sunday 14th December 2014
What a beautiful day for cycling - even if we had to pay for it with a bitterly cold start!
Six, plus myself, left Squires at Stoke D'abernon approximately 11.15. Tony very kindly stayed alongside me to give me a nudge when it was time to turn into River Lane which now has a superior surface (long time since I was last there)! A right at Downside Common led us to Horsley Road where we turned left in order to make a loop to Ripley via The Drift, East Lane, The Street and then down hill to the end of Ripley Lane. Across the Portsmouth Road to pass Pyrford Abbey and on to Maybury. We used the towpath into Woking, avoiding the Six crossroads roundabout which was incredibly busy a couple of weeks ago!
Tony punctured just before turning into Horsell Rise, hence Vic, Graham, Ed and Irene continued to the pub, The Plough, and Terry, Tony and I followed on.
Landlady Vicki and staff looked after us well. Before Terry had sat down, his pint fell down between the tables that had been pushed together.. whoops...but soon sorted - and then Ray Wren arrived to join us for lunch.
The afternoon tea venue was changed to Addlestone... sort of via Fairoakes Aerodrome! We had to say goodbye to Terry upon leaving the pub for he needed to make his way home via W. Byfleet etc. For us it was almost a direct ride, planned so that riders could get home in good time - but, surprise, surprise - all seven of us had tea at the Golden Cafe in Addlestone before heading for home in various directions! We left the pub just after 2pm and was at the cafe 2.40 where we were made welcome as the cafe did not shut till 3 o'clock.
Thanks all, a very enjoyable day
Seasons greetings....Pam :):)