Lee’s Flat ride through the South Hams
By Lee Kitchener
Thank you to Jackie for the sunshine that she ordered for me yet again! How does she do that?
The route was a little longer than I thought; about 35 miles in the end. So congratulations for completing it to all the riders that have recently joined us. IT WAS NOT HILLY – you ask people Jackie!! I even gave the option for people to omit a short, sharp loop in and out of Holbeton.
We started very poorly; just as Paul had got out of the car-park his chain broke. We tried to repair it with a replaceable link, but before this could be tightened another link broke. Unfortunately he had to abandon the ride (which was a shame) whilst the rest of us set off on our route.
There were further incidences to follow! Adrian’s knee was giving him concern so he left us at Cadleigh to get home. Bob also had wedding booking responsibilities, but was able to stay until Yealmpton. Poor Clive caught someone’s rear wheel and tried some two-wheeled ballet, unluckily managing to bend his rear derailleur as he fell.
I heard a few favourable comments as we made our way from Ivybridge to Ermington, crossing the River Erme in a few places. Unfortunately the combination of a week of rain and a concentration of farms left the roads between Battisborough Cross and Stoke Beach very muddy (I think it was mud that Helen was leaving a trail of!). With the aid of this dirty spray, Lou and Helen found themselves in ‘silver and bronze places’ as they followed the leader for a few miles into Noss Mayo.
The Riverford Farm café pleased most, apart from some forgotten drink orders, and I think we must have consumed all of their carrot cake, sitting indoors this time (and paying full-price).
After being fed and watered, we headed back to Plymouth and as we made our way through St Maurice, people left in various directions for home with promises of returning again very soon.
I agree with the riders about enjoying the flat and fast Ermington road, but I personally also enjoyed the roads from Yealmpton past the large, white gates of Lyneham House to Deep Lane and although a bit hillier, they are traffic free and also have beautiful views.
I believe these were the following riders this week: Adrian, Bob, Claire (new), Charles (new), Clive, Dave, Helen A, Isobel, John (new), Julie, Lee, Lou, Mark (new), Simon (new), Pat, Paul (new), Suzann, Trevor M and Tony (his first YOGi weekend ride in two years).
Thank You all.