The expectation in January is either rain or ice, so it was a real bonus to have neither this morning. Eleven riders set off from King’s Square for the National Trust’s Croome Park in a well matched group and enjoyed a flat sociably paced ride in the sunshine, where all riders stayed together. The only tension in the group was in the queue for coffee, where we could all count the number of slices of fruit cake left and realised that it was going to run out at some point (the ride leader was the one to lose out). The cause was high demand, with the car park full and vehicles queuing along the road awaiting a vacant spot. With no events scheduled it can only have been the sunshine that drew the crowds. While it was great to have an uneventful ride, it does make for a brief report.
The President decided to make it more eventful by trying out a smaller sprocket on his fixie. Apparently, it went well, as the rest of the group was happy to sit behind him from Staverton to Piffs Elm. Leaving them at Tredington to explore the Avon crossing at Strensham, he re-joined them at the cafe to find a huge, slow-moving, queue and that they had left him no cake. A U turn was made. Noting that NCN 45 was marked at Baughton as impassable except in dry conditions (not quite true, but wise counsel nonetheless) he avoided the muddy section and stopped for coffee and a flapjack at Twyning. It is said that a fixed wheel helps to get tired legs home, but the unaccustomed higher gear and a nagging headwind certainly demonstrated that it helps to get legs tired!