Saturday 9th January, 2016 – Liskeard Ladies take downpours in their stride and enjoy warm welcome at Darite Village Hall

When I walked back through our front door at lunch time and peeled off the soaking wet layers straight into the washing machine I could only marvel again at how tough our ladies group is.

Eight of us came together for our January ride despite the poor forecast.  It was great to have Debbie with us as a new group member and we appreciated Anna driving up to join us again.

Megan was trialling her new rain legs (see Liskeard Ladies Facebook page for her performance report).

Ann Byfield had planned our 14 mile route (thank you, Ann).  Initially out to Pengover Green; a left turn and along to Merrymeet; across the A390 and long the lanes up to Pensylva.  Left at the High Street and up to Foredown. Left and right at the cross roads and down through Crows Nest to Darite and specifically to The Village Hall which now opens its kitchen  on Saturday mornings for a range of refreshments from hot drinks, through home made cake to bacon butties.
As we arrived the heavens opened and we were relieved to escape into the warm and dry of the hall with its cheerful wood burner.  The tea,  coffee and excellent home made cakes were great and  very reasonably priced (£1.50 for my tea and cake). The hall was opened by the Darite community last autumn and has given the village a real focus for community activities – a big thank you to Martin, Mark, Emily and co for  making us so welcome.

Eventually we forced ourselves out to our dripping wet bicycles – most of us shivering and keen to get going and warm up a bit.  The weather was a good test of our gloves – some of us found it quite hard to get our hands warm again.  Let us know if you have gloves which perform well in the rain and cold. (Thank you, Connie – see glove report on Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group Facebook page).

Along to the main road at Common Moor and then left down the hill towards Dobwalls, saying goodbye to Lynne at the St Cleer turn off.

At Dobwalls we turned left and followed the cycle track down the hill to Moorswater – and finally up the steps by the underpass and back up New Road into Liskeard.  It was here that the heavens opened yet again and some of us ended up like drowned rats – but pleased that we had shared another trip together.  What a great group!



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