Saturday 6th May, 2017 – Liskeard Ladies try a new route to Blunts – for brunch; tackling the down hills with song; comfy saddles for women; over-boots in summer; horses and bluebells; camping trip in June

For details of our route click here   19 miles  420 m climb.  Narrative below pics.


With many of our group away this month and a fairly gloomy weather forecast, just five of our Liskeard Ladies set off on a new route with the idea  of brunch at Blunts village.  Since we thought Blunts probably did not have a café of its own (although we now understand that sometimes the village hall does indeed to a nice line in tea and cake), we had booked our eggs, bacon and carrot cake from our own mobile café (Geoff and the horse lorry) scheduled to meet us at Blunts in the village car park.

While this ride had only just over 400m climb, there were a few steep down hills.  When you first start to cycle on the roads it is often these down hills which take a bit of getting used to.  Today, a few of us tried singing as we cycled down – idea is to help us relax and to keep breathing.  Worth a try anyway!

The weather was kind and the heavy rain forecast held off so that all of us managed to keep dry in ourshower proof jackets.  But a bit of drizzle does lower the temperature, even in summer and we were reminded of the value of overboots for keeping our feet warm when rain threatens.  Our route included a new stretch of ridgeway, making for easy cycling, from St. Ive to Blunts.   Geoff was there when we arrived and it was great to turn up to the smell of sizzling bacon – thank you, Geoff.

From Blunts we cycled along to Tideford Cross and down to Tilland Mill – everything very beautiful at the moment with the absolute profusion of wild  flowers.  A bit of a discussion about saddles for women and how much more comfortable the saddles with the holes down the middle are – a little more expensive but well worth the investment.

For our next ride, we join with Liskeard Velo on 3rd and 4th June for the camping week end – with an overnight stay just outside Bude.  Shorter ride options will be available for those not keen to commit to the whole week end and we will pop details on facebook.


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