Cycling Report 24th September 2020

The weather gods disagreed with the forecasts a few days earlier of showers, and gave us a dry morning for our ride, with a breeze. So eight riders set off under blue skies from Langport. Due to Covid restrictions we rode in 2 groups of four, one group leaving just before 10am and the other a quarter of an hour later.

For the first group the ride to Somerton was uneventful and very pleasant through the quiet lanes north of the Langport-Somerton road. Somerton however had 2 road closures on our route. The second was known by the group due to prior checking on the Council website (thanks Graham) but the first wasn’t notified. Happily, slight diversions were all that was required to reach the coffee stop at the Buttercross. We enjoyed refreshments sitting outside, though watched the sky cloud over. But still no rain fell.

Leaving Somerton the leader got confused and we had an extra half mile tour of the town ‘til he sorted things out. After that we had a good ride south along the Somerset lanes via Long Sutton and Muchelney, turning northward again through Stembridge, Hambridge and Drayton. So we returned after about 29 miles to Langport for lunch at the Bakery at the Bridge. As we sat outside enjoying a second cup of coffee, the sun came out again. Thank you weather gods.

Team 2 followed the same route as Team 1 and to my knowledge (I was with Team 2) we followed it to the letter although we also had John Wheat and his trusty handlebar map with us to keep us on the straight and narrow. En route we passed through some lovely villages, one in particular caught my eye, there in the front garden of this thatched cottage was a beautiful piece of topiary shaped like a corkscrew, I had a camera but failed to stop and capture it much to my regret. The final part of the route we followed the river Parrett in the park at Langport for a short way to the cafe to join Team 1 in the garden, socially distanced of course.

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Ride on 24-09-20

Total distance: 47.0 km, 29.2 miles
Total climbing: 344 m, 1129 ft
- route and data from Strava