Sunday 9 July 2017

Fourteen of us met for coffee at Oliver's in Sherborne.  I was last to arrive and had to sit in a baby chair as punishment.  After the usual photo op Lorraine left us as she had to get home and the rest of us headed north towards Blackford, paralleled the A303 to Dancing Cross then took the underpass beneath the main road and the steep climb towards Jack White's gibbet.  Perhaps in sympathy for his battery pack, electric Ron left us at the bottom of the hill.  The rest of us continued to Shepton Montague and Redlynch by which time it was becoming obvious we wouldn't get to lunch on time and my offer of a reduced length ride via Alfred's tower instead of North Brewham was about as popular as Theresa May so we all wimped out at the inappropriately-named 'Hardway' and turned right towards Charlton Musgrove to rejoin the B road leading to Leigh Common and the usual route through Bourton and Zeals leading to Mere.  Almost rode past the lunch stop, 'Visit Hillbrush', which looks for all the world like the factory that it is.  An industrial theme pervades the cafe with much exposed pipework and ventilation ducting and attractive (?) photos of brushes adorning the walls.  There was plenty of space inside and tables outside which some regretted not sitting at, but not me, having been burned to a crisp at Yeovilton Air Day the day before.  Lunch was tasty but fairly expensive and for seven quid some people only got half a sandwich!!  The group mostly split after lunch, being close to home for many, with a smaller group of us heading towards Gillingham and then an even smaller group to Stalbridge then just me to Yeovil, everyone else having the sense not to live there....

Ben Garside

 

 

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