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Cycling Report 27th February 2020
Phil came up with this local ride but unfortunately was unable to lead it due to an ongoing knee problem so I took on the responsibility. The forecast for that day earlier in the week looked decidedly dodgy, but as it got nearer the date things looked mildly improved. In fact it rained overnight enough to make the lanes extremely mucky, but by the time we left Wells there were actually blue patches which stayed with us all day with warm winter sun at times.
Eleven hardy souls gathered at Lidls and set off eastwards via the old railway track to Launcherly attempting to avoid the numerous potholes in the back lanes. The two and a half miles of Long Drove against the North-Westerlies proved a struggle for some (unless one had an ebike!) and on to Glastonbury Rural Life Museum for tea/coffee. We split to ease the potential wait, with five riding on to Heaphies in the town centre, where two of us were told in no uncertain terms that locking our bikes to a sacred memorial tree was not the done thing!!
We rejoined forces where one of our group headed back home but was replaced by another who cycled over to join us; so numbers remained the same. Lunch was the next objective at Sweets Emporium about twelve miles away, so the first part of the Glastonbury to Highbridge old railway trackbed was used, but at Ashcott Corner at the old level crossing the lanes to Shapwick were taken, past the still operating peat works - very mucky. We then rode back towards Westhay and Sweets where our group met up with three more of the Cycle group who were just in the process of leaving. Lunch was in their new spacious room, warm and cosy, where we were able to stoke up for the seven miles ride back to Wells with the wind behind us, such bliss, so a fair pace was the order of the day with folk peeling off in all directions heading for home. I clocked up almost 30 miles, so a good ride in generally great weather, enough to fight off the winter blues.