At last, but not well timed, rain! Cold rain. This delayed many riders from making the Square for the 9am start, even though the eight that were timely, waited a while.

Several split rides took place: two heading for home; two heading south for a circuit; 4 for a northerly circuit.

Of the latter, attended by the Captain and ride leader, the route was over to Maisemore, where we said good-bye to a faster fellow. Down to three: up and over the hill, no views due to the extensive and thick low cloud in all directions. Thence down to Ashleworth, Tirley, and over the Severn again to Wainlodes. The climb was as cruel as usual and low gears were sought for assistance. Turning south on the A38 we realised the reason for an easy trip north: a good headwind, with some moisture included, greeted us and slowed progress to the welcome café at Norton garden centre (actually in Twigworth). Our first stop here, and it now comes highly recommended. Whilst the hot drinks are quite pricy, the food is excellent value. Only two called in for refreshments: points awarded. It seemed good weather for some! (see photo). Wool is always best to keep warm in wet weather.

The City was gained after just 21 miles. However, in poor conditions one has to be flexible!