Today was one of those irritating days that start off looking as if they are going to turn out better than you expected, lull you into a false sense of security, then produce a sting in the tail! Anyway, predictions of snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures followed by freezing rain to start the day proved to be a little wide of the mark and it was dry, well above freezing, and even a little bright as I set off for elevenses. Still, the weather forecasters had done their best to deter many of us and it was a small but select group (Tony, Diane, Graham and me) who met at Claremont Gardens for a cosy elevenses.
By the time we were due to leave desultory rain had set in. Tony headed for home but the rest of us set off undeterred towards our planned lunch stop at Woking. Needless to say, the rain gathered momentum as our ride continued, and I eventually curtailed the route to reduce our exposure to the elements, delicate souls that we are!
Nevertheless, the Cheam and Morden (motto 'Per ardua ad Wetherspoons') made it to lunch. Skies brightened as we enjoyed our meals and plans to return home by train were hastily abandoned! It did start to rain again, but only after we had reached Walton Bridge, the end of the ride. Only Diane stopped for tea but it looks as if she enjoyed a lavish (but well-deserved) spread!
So, a day of mixed fortunes but an enjoyable ride nonetheless. Many thanks to all for your company!