to Hell and back….

In fact, yesterday’s ride was one of the best for a long time – the slower group set out for Hell’s Mouth cafe, led by Trevor  who can be relied on to take an interesting route – and not so slowly, either.  We went via Halvasso, round Stithians on the east side, right towards Lanner and along the Great Flat Lode cycle track, where we turned off at the metal gate (infamous for confusing riders on the Mines and Minerals Audax), and went over the railway and A30 bridges towards Park Bottom.  Right at the bridge at Coombe, past the airfield where they fly model planes, and left onto the B3301, very soon arriving at he cafe, where we enjoyed a variety of bacon baps, toast etc.  My rocky road was made with dark chocolate and was excellent….the place was busy and the service was a bit slow, but the cheerful staff were doing their best under pressure.  We walked across the road to peer down over the edge where, sadly, some people have jumped.  All was well today, and Barbara spotted a seal.

Back on the road, this time a straight, flat 6 miles along the cliff road to Portreath, and soon after that the group split – Don M, Trevor, Barbara and Sonjia went left towards Mount Hawke to look at motor homes for Sonjia.  Now she’s downsized she’ll be off to explore the UK on four wheels.  Adrian, Paula, Jo and I headed home via Redruth, Lanner, and our outward route but to the west of Stithians Lake.  Adrian pushed on at Carnkie corner, and the three of us were soon overtaken by Fred, riding solo.  Half way along the Halvasso road we visited Via Ferrata as I wanted to show Paula and Jo the cafe and the quarry.  We watched a group of orange -helmeted youngsters in safely harnesses cross the lake on the swaying cable bridge.  Not for me, but perfect for teenagers and Jo can’t wait to try it!

A memorable ride in perfect weather – 47 miles for me.

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