Saturday 4th February, 2017 – February sun is kind to Liskeard Ladies as they try new café (and mobile coffee stop!) and enjoy great company, conversation – and cycling!

For our route click here.  23.98 miles (22 miles from The Parade); 650 m climbed.

I just love this group.  Quite apart from their ability to order great weather in the middle of a pretty miserable February, it is just such a pleasure to cycle along at comfortable speed, having a chat about our plans and our clothes (and just a bit about cycle maintenance!) while enjoying the countryside, cafes and meeting new friends!  Today we cycled  via Pengover along the ridgeway to Trerulefoot and then down the hill into St. Germans where we tried out the Long Gallery Café (normally the tea rooms to Eliot House but now open all year round).  Also an arts café with a friendly team serving home made cake and good drinks so well worth a visit.

Following a quick explore of the bric a brac in Odds and Evens next door  we tried a new route back down to Heskyn Mill and Tideford (with amazing views as we came down the hill); across the A38 and along to Tideford Cross and down to Tilland Mill.  Here while we were enjoying yet another cup of tea from Geoff’s mobile tea service, Vanessa, who lives at Tilland Mill, came out to welcome us.  Of course, it turned out that most of us knew Vanessa either through riding or through a shared childhood of Pony Club activities and we had a great laugh with her.

Then on up the much anticipated hill to Doddy Cross – it turned out to be much more doable than we had expected – but that might be because we were powered by cake and coffee.  Finally back to Pengover, down the hill to Peak and back to Liskeard via Trembraze – and all before the afternoon rain set in!  What a great ride – thank you Liskeard Ladies.


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