The winter 10am ride is proving popular, with seven Wheelers meeting at HQ on Sunday – Sonjia, TD, Don M, Richard, Paula, Jo and myself. Gweek and then Trelowarren was suggested, so off we went, enjoying the dry roads, even if it was grey and quite cold. Finding somewhere for a coffee can be difficult in January – the Boatyard Cafe at Gweek is only open on weekdays at the moment, and Trelowarren was shut tight too – no sign of anyone there. So what to do? Sonjia was set on going down to the Lizard, but eventually decided to join the rest of us heading to the Chocolate Factory at Trenance, Mullion. At the Wheel Inn crossroads on the A3033, we turned left and then right onto Chypons Road, with a steep hill down into the valley and a long climb out. More direct than going via Poldhu, but hard work! The stop at the Chocolate Factory was very welcome – a new one for most of us and very good; Jo enjoyed a saffron tea cake, bright yellow and very curranty, another first. Dave warned us that if we went in the shop, it would be impossible to come out without buying something – I did, and only emerged empty handed because I’d spent all my money by then.
Opting for a flatter route, we returned via the main road out of Mullion, joined the 3033 and headed north to the roundabout at Culdrose, where Sonjia, Don and Richard took the Helston and Wendron route home, and Dave, Paula, Jo and I turned right for Gweek and back via Brill and Treverva. A good ride and 37 miles for me. Liz.