For the first time in ages, the Sunday gathering at HQ turned into a ‘whole group ride’ which was a great success and good fun. Instigated by Robin, 14 Wheelers set off from Falmouth, heading for Roskillys, joined later by Fred, making a total of 15. Keeping big gaps for safety and to allow any traffic to pass more easily, we headed to Gweek via the usual route. The promised showers never came to anything and it was much warmer than a few weeks ago. After Gweek Drive, Jo and Barbara turned back, having other things they needed to do, and three of us – Denise, Sonjia and myself – opted to take the Trelowarren and B3293 route south to Roskillys. It was uneventful except for swerving to avoid a large road kill. which I was sure was a fox but the others swore was a badger (they were right! confirmed on the return journey).
The rest of the group, by now 8 of them, went via Mawgan, St Martin, Porthallow, Porthoustock and St Keverne, arriving at Roskillys only minutes after the three of us. There was some confusion about a ‘missing’ cyclist (me!) and Ben had been sent on a wild goose chase (Robin hadn’t realised two Wheelers had turned back at Mawgan) but no harm done and Ben got some extra miles in! Was Roskillys expecting us? I’m not sure, but anyway, we had the perfect table which fit all of us, Fred having arrived first, and we were in time for the breakfast menu which ends at 11am. After food, drink, and lots of chat, we headed home, this time with Fred, Phil S and Phil C joining Denise, Sonjia and me. We chose the Mullion/ Poldhu/ Cury route, to the Culdrose roundabout, where the others headed for Helston and Muddy lane, – with more coffee at the Boating Lake for Denise and Sonjia – while I turned right for Gweek. Meanwhile, the other group had returned via Tregowns, Tregidden, Newtown, over to the B3293 and home via Garras and Gweek, where I overtook them (only because I have electrical assistance!) then Dave caught up with me, and we discussed deep things (!!) all the way to Union Corner where the others soon joined us.
Altogether an excellent ride, and it was great to get so many members of Falmouth Wheelers out together. 47 miles for me.