Saturday 18th November 2017
Elevation 2978 feet
Eight of us left the cobbles and headed to Cockerham. It was great to see Dave Corless and Eric out again.
As we headed along Cockerham road I dropped Back to see how David Hodgson was doing as it was his first time out after a hamstring injury. The next thing I knew we had lost the front five riders. We continued to the end of Cockerham Rd and crossed the A6 still no sign of them. I was starting to think it was going to be one of those days losing one rider is bad enough but five within the first seven miles was not good.
Steve Hopkinson , David H and myself continued on to Bay Horse road and stopped in the lay by and waited about 10 mins still no sign off them we decided to carry on. We stopped outside Post Gate Lodge to catch our breath when the rest of the group crossed the road.
It Turned out that for once Sarah Jane Gibson had not taken a wrong turn it was down to Bill, Eric ,Dave C, Sarah Jane and Simon Thompson decided to follow him rather than wait for myself.
At this point Eric decided to leave us and head for home jobs to do. Down to seven we headed for Caton. Dave C mentioned that he had been on Park Lane a couple of weeks earlier and the state of the surface was not very good so I decided on a diversion going through Halton and back on ourselves up Kirby Lonsdale Road.
As we approached Halton the Alarm I had set on my phone started 10:57 I found somewhere to stop and then explained why I had stopped and two minutes silence impeccably observed @11:00, Thankyou All.
We then headed for Kirby Lonsdale road and started the climb to the top and carried on towards Borwick. Passing through Capenwray we started the climb to Over Kellet and onto Nether Kellet before heading to Bolton Le Sands at which point Sarah Jane left us to head home.
Six of us arrived at Red Bank Farm for the Cafe stop although a little too chilly to sit outside today and admire the view of the Bay and South Lakes.
Leaving the cafe we headed for Morecambe and onto Middleton. As we started along the coastal road to the cycle track into Lancaster David H was struggling with his hamstring again so we eased the pace and decided on the most direct route back to Garstang as we headed along the river on the very muddy cycle track clean bikes were now covered in mud.
Simon left us a few miles from Garstang as he had to cycle to Preston. Myself and Steve left the two Dave’s at Natby Crossing Lane and headed back to our cars.
A Great day with good weather and great company hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.