Saturday 10th October – Liskeard Ladies ride out in two groups for Rule of Six with mobile cafe stop at Blunts car park

To see our route click here 19 miles and 418 m climbed. Pics below narrative

Eleven Liskeard Ladies on a mixture of e bikes and the more traditional sort – formed two groups to meet the new Rule of Six requirements – and then assembled at separate times; cycled in distinct groups; and although there was some overlap at the cafe stop – our two groups sat in separate areas of the cafe (in reality of Blunts car park!). A big welcome to Jules for her first ride with us.

It was a fairly straightforward process to comply with the new law, and cycling in two small groups was probably safer, but I think we all missed being able to sit down at the cafe stop and have a good natter with everyone. Still at least we all got out and the weather was reasonably kind – sunny for a lot of the ride and only more chilly when it clouded over.

Our route was a clockwise oval from Liskeard, up to Rose Craddock, across to Gang and then along that lovely rolling ridgeway to Blunts. Here Geoff and Pete, masked and gloved, had set up their cafe and did their best to persuade our group of health conscious cyclists to partake of cake and chocs, etc. Here too we met Steve and Sue, local resident cyclists (and also fans of e bikes) who had just returned from a lengthy cycle round the Outer Hebrides. Sue was very interested to know a little more about our group.

From Blunts we cycled towards Tideford and down to Tilland Mill then up the hill to Doddycross, into Menheniot (one of the few local villages to have their lovely clean loos open) to drop off Deb, and back to Liskeard.

A big thank you to everyone for helping implement the current rules for cycle groups; to Geoff and Pete for providing us with refreshments; and to Megan for leading one of our groups. Am already wondering what new challenges our November ride might bring!

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