After a pleasant ride in the autumn sunshine through Brookthorpe, Haresfield, Frocester and Coaley, the B ride arrived at Uley. If shortness of breath is a symptom of the Virus, then the vic Captain must have caught it on Stoat’s Hill! It’s always a brutal climb and it certainly did not disappoint this morning.

In search of variety, we explored the lanes around Waterley Bottom on the way to North Nibley. The descent we chose was so steep, rim brakes could barelyhold the bikes through the zigzags, and although the president may be inspired by such a report, I would have to conclude that it isn’t really a suitable route for road bikes. The lane along the valley bottom was great, with some stunning views, which was some reward. The long drag up to Stinchcombe took us to a well-earned coffee break.

Having sat outside for coffee, we returned through Cam and noted the very wet roads, even though we had stayed dry. Who would be a weather forecaster when showers are that localised? We returned via Eastington and Saul without incident.