By Trevor Monk
I woke to the sound of heavy rain, looked out the window and was greeted with a black sky and thought to myself what a great day to lead a Leisure Ride! I made my way to B&Q and was joined by eleven hardy YOGis.
The Dirty Dozen (as we will now be known) headed up through Plympton onto Lee Mill, past Tesco and onto the first toilet stop at Cornwood. Here the sky turned black and threatened rain, which held off until we got to Dragon Hill where the heavens opened and, just for some added fun, threw in a strong head wind! We re-grouped at the top of the hill where there was nowhere to hide from the howling wind and rain. Now very wet, we carried on past Lee Moor and Wotter, out to Cadover Bridge, Sheepstor and an anti-clockwise loop of Burrator Reservoir – at this point I offered the Dirty Dozen the option of another lap; there was a deafening silence! We decided to go straight to the coffee stop at Knightstone’s.
After some refreshments and a chat we had the usual homeward split from Yelverton with some heading straight back to various parts of Plymouth and seven of us heading towards Clearbrook and the Plym Valley Cycle Track.
Greg and Louise decided to avoid the cycle track and headed off on their own (up some steep hills!) and then there were five. It was at this point that Clay decided that it was time that he lead a YOGi ride and was off like a man possessed (most of the time no handed).
We arrived back at B&Q a bit wet and very dirty, but happy. Thanks to my fellow riders for the good company and happy banter. I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Ride distance was 33 miles. The Dirty Dozen were myself and 11 fellow YOGi’s – sorry not very good with names – but you know who you are!