Four riders met at Cheam Station at 09.00hrs.
Bill Martin, Mick Curtis, Trevor Kite and myself leading the ride.
The weather was cold with hints of frost on the ground although the bonus was a bright clear blue sky for a change and very little wind.
The first part of the ride took us out the usual way through the back of Ewell along the Hogsmill River and out to Chessington South via Horton Park, Butcher’s Row and Castle Hill.
The route after crossing the Leatherhead Road was up and around the back of Barwell Farm , avoiding the ‘Flood of Doom’ route as we still don’t know if Mick’s ‘leccy bike’ likes deep water! After dropping across Claygate Common we headed over the railway and onto Arbrook Common in a northerly direction towards Esher.
We crossed the Portsmouth Road at Esher and headed for the back of Sandown Park Racecourse taking us to the banks of the River Ember.
Various bridleways then took us north across Molesey Heath Nature Reserve and into the outskirts of West Molesey. After dipping through a couple of alleyway paths connecting Walton Road and Hurst Road we found ourselves popping out neatly onto the Thames Towpath just west of Hurst Park and about half a mile from elevenses at the Rowing Club Cafe.
This was a new elevenses venue as my last trip to the cricket club cafe was disappointing since it has changed hands. At the cafe was a large tv screen showing a very unpleasant satellite weather image of the impending heavy rain approaching from the west. This rain we were already aware of as ‘Severe weather warnings’ had already been issued Friday evening.
Our return journey was back via the usual route along the Thames to Kingston and back to Cheam via the Hogsmill River. Mick and I had calculated that arriving back in Cheam by 13:00hrs would just get us all back in the dry. It worked nicely as I’d only just driven out of Ewell after the ride when the rain started!
Mileage for me: 27.5