A select group of just six went out for Friday’s informal ride from Redbridge. A quick exchange of emails during the preceding week came up with a suggestion of a ride to Beaulieu and on to Lepe. However, it was then realised that the Old Bakehouse Tearoom in Beaulieu (consistent winners of the Overall prize in Alan’s Cakeometer tests) would then come too early in the ride) and a suggestion of riding on by and going to the cafe at Lepe was ruled out. Luckliy, on the day, Gordon brought sense and order to the ride and said that he would lead and we would go to Lepe first and then on to Beaulieu.

It was a straightforward ride to out to Lepe on roads very familiar to the group. John decided to leave us at Holbury and headed straight for the Old Bakehouse whilst the rest of pressed on down to the coast. After the obligatory photo call next to the beach, we headed back inland to Beaulieu for essential refreshments. Not an easy ride was we were almost straight into a stiff north westerly breeze.

The stop for coffee, tea and cake (ah.. so that’s what CTC stands for) was very welcome; we cleared them out of Dorset apple cake. After that, it was back on the bikes for the slog home, quite hard going across the exposed sections of the Forest towards Ipley Cross and we welcomed the respite from the wind once we were back into the suburban streets of Marchwood.

Thanks to Gordon for the lead.

L-R: Gordon, Sue, Richard, Kathy, Alan (missing is John who had left us at this point)