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Cycling Report 11th July 2019

Fourteen riders (nearly but not quite a record for this year)* turned up at Langport. It was a dry day but mainly overcast in the morning, which made it slightly cooler than of late.

The first leg to Martock was gentle, pleasant cycling. Coffee at the George was good, although 14 cyclists turning up unannounced meant that the volunteers serving were challenged to serve everyone promptly. But we didn't feel hurried and enjoyed sitting outside, in due course setting off towards Stoke-sub-Hamdon. We took a rural narrow lane from Norton-sub-Hamdon westwards to Over Stratton that some of us hadn't ridden before. Then via South Petherton and Shepton Beauchamp, again often on quiet rural roads, to our lunch stop at the Wyndham Arms at Kingsbury Episcopi. By this time the sun had put in an appearance and it was enjoyable sitting in the garden under parasols. Finally with no-one very keen to use the old railway line from near Muchelney we tackled the last 5 road miles to Langport. All in all a medium paced ride out in the South Somerset countryside.

John Sea.
(*a tied record with February’s turnout - Editor)

Cycling Report 26th July 2019

Firstly a thank you to Pete B. who organised and ran our last ride from Castle Cary which was delayed to the Friday due to the high Thursday temperature. Fortunately it was a bit cooler and it attracted 12 eager folks, not quite the number for the last ride but very respectable nevertheless.

Our route took us south via Galhampton and Woolston to the delightful Chapel Cross tea room where we enjoyed some delicious cake and coffee which was needed after the distance we had covered - 5 miles! Then it was onward south in a circular route to Haynes Motor Museum cafeteria through some lovely but probably quite expensive villages led by our leader who tried to ensure that number 12 was still with the group. The cafeteria despite it's posh title did us proud with food and drink at quite moderate prices, so we all fed and watered preparing us for the final few miles back to Castle Cary where we arrived early to mid afternoon completing approximately 26 miles.

Arthur