Spencer’s Challenge

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.

Spencer, our ride leader, had the first puncture today

That was soon changed, but we hadn’t gone twenty yards before Geoff had the second one.

Just watching

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,

There was a group playing music on the patio today, so a very pleasant lunch stop for us and a chance to cool down a little.   Here we met one of our new members who had missed us in the morning and decided to catch up with us for lunch.
Then a pleasant ride across the field and passed the viaduct to Eynsford, before tackling the hill up to the bridge at Crockenhill. 
The viaduct at Eynsford

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.

Back now to Norman Park, with a few people peeling off on route to their various locations.   A very hot day, but most enjoyable.  Thank you once again to Spencer our ride leader for planning and leading today’s ride.
Don’t forget there is a seventy miler next week and this will now change to Monday, not Sunday as previously advertised.
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