Ride Reports

Saturday 23rd September 2017

C Ride to Hest Bank by Frank Jones
10 riders set off from the Cobbles for the “C” group ride to Hest Bank with me as “stand in” leader replacing the injured Bob.
We only did a few hundred yards before our first stop - to allow Will who was spotted arriving by car, to park up and join up with us!
The journey through to Morecambe was uneventful, Pip left us a Conder Green to pursue his other Saturday commitments. We had avoided the Lune Cycle path as those of us on the Bay Challenge two weeks ago have bad memories of the mud & water!!
Passing the Midland Hotel my phone rang - it was the intrepid Malcolm enquiringly if I was on the ride - he was already in Hest Bank and had discovered that the Shore Cafe was closed! However we ploughed on and met Malcolm at the level crossing and a group discussion took place to find an alternative cafe.
An executive decision was made and we backtracked to the Bow Window cafe on the seafront in Bare, when we arrived it was empty with the staff sitting around. Having established that they would serve a group of scruffy cyclists, all11 of us piled in and sat around a large round table in the bow window. It was definitely a step up from our usual stops - white cotton tablecloths no less!
The cafe made us very welcome and the service was great, they allowed us to order breakfasts even though it was past 11:45am! Food arrived in super fast time and was really good quality and not too pricey. The whole group were impressed and would like to go there again when we are next up that way.
Kenny guided us back through Bare, passing Chez Kenny on the way. When we got back to the millennium bridge in Lancaster the group split, some having time constraints going directly home.
There was nearly a catastrophe negotiating the canal path near Aldcliffe when Kenny stopped and several of us had to take avoiding action which almost ended up with a couple of us entering the canal!!!
No further mishaps occurred on the remainder of the ride, Kenny left us in Galgate to reverse his wheels and head home to Bare!
The remaining 6 got back to Garstang in good spirits after completing 41 miles on a ride that was mistakenly billed as 30 miles - that was my fault when Input the calendar together!

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