Weather forecasting cannot be the easiest job in the UK so I presume that they are told to be a little negative and then we are happy when it doesn't turn out that bad! Today's ride to Glebe farm tea rooms was a great example of this with early week forecasting for some rough weather on Sunday, but in the event, the wind blew a little, but not a drop of rain to be seen. Seven of us met in Bishops Castle for a pleasant ride out past Wheelwrights, through Clunbury and out via the balcony road to Twitchen, with stunning views across the countryside below. As we stopped to regroup outside the Bird on the Rock tea rooms, Glynn suggested we nip in for coffee as he was clearly in need of a caffeine fix, but the group whisked him away quickly. The ride through Clungunford and Broom was not only wind assisted, but with the ongoing water main works along this stretch, the closed road signs made for a glorious traffic free spin, with the hedges now showing the first signs of spring and daffodills out in abundance. All made short work of the climb to Hopesay where we were joined by Hew, Lou, Ben and extended family, along with Tess, returning from having elevenses with another cycling group. With 3 home made soups on offer and some fabulous bread rolls (Rye and sourdough?), the “seconds” meant a few never made it to the cake course, with lemon drizzle, pear sponge and fruitcake all very tempting.
|I really must remember to take some photos on the road as it appears that we only ever eat!|