A Flat Ride in Kent

A Paddock Wood Circular

A jaw dropping 27 riders arrived at Paddock Wood station on a clear sunny but breezy Saturday just after 10am.

After a short briefing we set off on our 58 mile circular route but had to stop after a short while as of our party was having problems with her bike back at the station. After about ten minutes the group set off again but about seven miles into the ride the bike was causing problems again so the young lady decided to call it a day and was escorted to the nearest station by Jane and Rebecca who we didn’t meet up with again till our lunch stop.

The group then made steady progress to our first stop at biddenden vineyards for a well earned cuppa and some cake just as it began to cloud over.

As we were preparing to move on, to Trevors horror the rains started to come down just over the top of us but donning jackets we set off towards smarden for lunch.

A few miles from Smarden Trevor took a bunch of the young, strong and fit on a fast ride to the pub as the roads have a great surface for speed in that area, while the rest of us made our way at more sedate pace.

On arrival I discovered that the pub was struggling to cope with the number of cyclists all turning up for lunch out of the blue, I should have rang them earlier when I saw our numbers and for that I apologise to you all who had to wait ages for your orders.

Having met up with Jane and Rebecca again we set off on our final leg of the journey back to Paddock Wood now in nice warm and sunny conditions; along the way we said goodbye to two of our group at the forty five mile mark when they decided to catch a train home.

About three miles from the end of the ride the group was given the option of staying with me on the flat route back to Paddock Wood or join Jane on a hill climb and a swift decent back.

A group of four or five joined Jane ALL GIRLS and she took great delight in pointing that out when we met back at the station.

A big thank you to you all for coming out and a massive thanks to Jane and Trevor for not only back marking for me but encouraging a few of the leg weary to keep going to the end of the ride.

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