Another scorcher today as 9 of us left Norman Park and headed up Layhams Road to Nash Lane. Then it was a steady uphill until we got to the Dog Training Centre, where we encountered our first puncture – Spencer.
That was soon changed, but we hadn’t gone twenty yards before Geoff had the second one.
Our first stop at Beaver Water World beckoned, especially as the temperature was gradually creeping up. We stopped for our morning coffee break and the sun screen was reapplied all round. The worst of the uphill out of the way, we made our way to Knockholt and on to Halstead. Having decided to make the ride a little short due to the heat, it was on to Shacklands Road and a nice downhill towards Lullingstone Visitor Centre for lunch,
Everyone was very hot by the time we reached the top, so we cycled on to St. Mary Cray where we called in to see Carole at The Croft Tea Rooms for afternoon tea.