What a brilliant day! The sun was out and Ian had planned a really great route for us.
Starting at B&Q the group took a direct route to the Torpoint Ferry with some of us being lazy and meeting them there. At this point there were 35 of us. It was looking to become a hot day and any arm warmers and jackets started to disappear as we set sail for foreign shores (Cornwall!).
Ian’s route took us through the familiar hills and hills of St. John and Millbrook followed by the hills and hills of Maker, Kingsands and Cawsands taking us up to the breathtaking views of Whitsand Bay. Some of us took a little longer due to a puncture/chain catastrophe at the bottom of one of the 20% hills. Yes, some of us did some of those hills twice!
Having invaded and occupied all of the seating outside the Cliff Top cafe we left them cakeless and looking a lot emptier as we continued towards Tregantle. At the junction to Antony there was a split for those who wanted a shorter ride (where no doubt they enjoyed the fast run in to Torpoint).
The rest of us continued toward Seaton, turning right at the top of the hill and down to Polbathic where we regrouped confused – not really knowing who (or how many) had turned off at Antony.
We now embarked on a reverse of the route we would normally take to Seaton, that being, hill, St Germans, hill, Tideford, hill, Tideford Cross, hill, regroup at Blunts, hill, Pillaton, hill and regroup at Hatt. At Hatt we made plans for a second cafe stop. Chris G, listening to the indecisiveness regarding the venue told us all to go to Rockets & Rascals on the Barbican.
After a nice fast ride to the Tamar Bridge and the most direct ride through the busyish roads of the city centre, we ended the ride with refreshments at Rockets & Rascals on the Barbican (ironically our bikes were all inside and we were sat outside!). A brilliant day in the sun.
Thanks to Ian and all of his merry band of helpers!
Here are some photos from the ride (just click on any one of them to scroll through and read captions):