Wednesday 9th September – Pub ride to Eliot Arms, St Germans, talk of hospital visits and the new club kit

Seven of us out for this trip. Easy to remember the names of the three men since they were all called, David!
This particular ride is a great one for a summer evening, involving about ten miles along a ridge from Liskeard, through Pengover Green, Doddy Cross, past Padbury Defended Settlement with its commanding views, through Bethany, Trerulefoot and down to the beautiful St Germans village with its country estate, quay on the River Lynher and amazing Brunel viaduct.
I had been out with my horse at an event at Tideford cross so I cycled from there via Heskyn Mill to meet the others in the Eliot Arms.
Given that I had only seen Connie four days previously for the Liskeard Ladies ride, I was amazed to learn that she had spent most of the intervening period at Derriford A and E supporting Steve, her husband. Steve had suffered two successive medical mishaps, at least one of which was a consequence of his cycling and Connie, who has a knack for storytelling, kept us spell bound with her tale of how they tried to obtain the necessary medical help on a Saturday and Sunday night when, of course, they were competing both with the demands of other week end sporting injuries and the results of general over indulgence. It had been a pretty horrendous experience for them both although the good thing was that Steve had had a successful operation on the Monday morning.
Now confined to quarters with no driving for two weeks and no cycling for six, we guess that Steve will be feeling pretty miserable – we wish him a safe and speedy recovery.
Gilbert’s had come up trumps for our cycle group by providing a well designed reasonably priced cycle jersey overprinted with Cornwall CTC and then Liskeard Ladies or Liskeard Velo to denote our specific groups. We had collected sample sizes and brought them along and now ruined the ambience of the Eliot Arms with trying them all on. We all found something that fitted and Ann B went away with an order. We should all be out in our new matching kit within a couple of weeks. Fantastic to have something distinctive to promote our group to other potential riders.
We talked a bit about future plans and firmed up our thoughts about our car assisted ride from Launceston to Bideford on 4th October.

Then off for home. A good test of our lights and much resolving to get new batteries. I now have three rear lights – it feels like you can never have too many.
Cindy and David left us at St Germans and Connie and David left us near Menheniot. The rest of us cycled through that village and tackled the down and up onto the short bit of A38 just before coming into Liskeard. I felt like I had certainly had some exercise anyway. A great night and home for a shower.


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