For our route and ride stats click here 45 miles (73km) 1500m climb
From our guest blogger, Ann Byfield: Eleven of us met at The Parade on a warm, damp Sunday morning. Unfortunately drizzle set in as soon as we left Liskeard. Lovely to see Karen Sims and Deb Lords joining us for the first time. They are strong supporters of the Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group and going from strength to strength. Ian led the group along pretty hedgerows up to the St Cleer smithy, past the Common Moor turning, then via Crows Nest, Pensilva, Golberdon and the usual route to Louis’ Cafe. By the time we reached the cafe we could see a little bit of blue sky.
Steve had left us at Callington and the ten of us found plenty of space to sit at the café as the usual crowd of motor bikes were probably put off by the early rain. Refreshed we ‘sailed’ down to very pretty Cotehele Quay. Then a few more ups and downs and we reached Halton Quay. Not to forget the strawberry buying stop by Ian and the geography lesson by Megan, together with a note about the local salmon population. It’s not all about the cycling in the CTC!
Up the hill towards Callington and we had a puncture to contend with. The sun had come out and the rest of the group enjoyed the lovely view toward the Tamar and Devon while operations took place. Karen had the spare inner tube and I think Mike, David and Dave tackled the tyre. Thank you! Bike mending lessons to follow.
By the main road David Byfield left us for Tavistock and we went via Amy Tree up to Quithiock. Then Pengover Green and into Liskeard. It was a hilly route, testing everyone’s determination but it will be easier next time. Thanks everybody for coming out and making it such an enjoyable day.