Saturday 6 May 2017
Eleven riders plus Paul Martin met at Orchard Park on a chilly, head-windy Saturday. Richard agreed to be Tail Ender so we travelled via Semley, past Pyt House, through Hatch, then over Newtown for the long run to the Fonthills where the lake has turned a New Zealand green. A stretch of fast road led us to Ridge before our ride for lunch at the Black Dog, Chilmark.
Not cheap but a good lunch in warm sunshine having been joined by Jenny who cycled back with us. An amazing pair of red kites stopped us in our tracks at Ridge before we dropped down into Tisbury where we visited the massive Tithe Barn. They were staging a classic car event and Charlie was particularly taken with a £35k exhaust system in a beautiful timber. He haggled for ages saying it was only worth £30k to him and it was too big for his bag but they wouldn’t budge—tight Yorkshireman!
I had planned a route through Gutch Common with challenging hills but Jenny wisely led us back through Donhead and Charlton to Shaston where, I believe some ‘took tea’ before gliding home. About 38 miles. Fab bluebells and yellow rape, even better company.