The morning dawned cold and overcast, but dry and still.  Obviously, members are happy with those conditions, as seven groups of riders left King’s Square this morning.  A new surface on the Newent road was a welcome bonus, although the car turning left into Highnam Golf Club immediately after overtaking us was bewildering. Let’s hope for his sake that he cures that tendency to left hook before he stands at the tee.

Leaving the main road at Highleadon, one B group took to quiet lanes, enjoying the autumn colours on the trees. At Upleadon the President took his own path, tired legs being his excuse, and shortly afterwards we overtook the other group of B riders in Brand Green, then caught one of the Sports ride cast-offs in Eastnor.  From Colwall Green, Evendine Lane provided a steep ascent to British Camp, which was followed by a cold descent to coffee at Clive’s Fruit Farm just west of Upton. Returning via Strensham and Chaceley kept us out of traffic.

Adrian’s B ride enjoyed good riding conditions, albeit a little cold. The forecast temperature of 11 degrees never really came true. It felt as though we had got the girl group back together with Elena joining us.  We hadn’t seen her for a while but she’s had a good excuse, having  completed LEJOG and Route 500 in Scotland!  Coffee stop was good but we were all getting cold until we discovered the inside room with a log burner. With a little extra loop after Upton we finally headed back on route home.

Marie led the A ride to Staverton, on to Tredington and thence Ashchurch where we stopped at the Moat House. Two went on after coffee, the others returning home, and headed towards Kemerton, Tewkesbury, up Bushley Hill and down towards Forthampton, then went up through its avenue of tree. There wasn’t much colour but its a lovely avenue. From the avenue they dropped down to Corse common and turned to Chaceley, to meet the others in The Yew Tree.