Seven hardy souls turned up under the worst rain cloud of the winter and looked in desperate hope for gaps in the cloud that may suggest that things were going to clear up! It didn't take long to decide that the rain, bad as it was, had passed and that there was a great chance to get a few kms under the wheels. Kudos to Tony and Daniel for riding to the start through the rain and also to Alison (disclosure: my sister-in-law) on rocking up to her very first group ride without kids (she has been on a previous Rag-Tag ride).
As all of you know who were out and about on Sunday, the wind continued to gather pace through the morning and just about did for Alison on the final few kilometres of the Shiraz trail. To her credit she completed the ride but was ripped away from Bracegirdles before a hot chocolate could be ordered due to the needs of her 8 and half month old lad (or the needs of his Dad more likely)!
We were very lucky with the weather rain-wise, only encountering the briefest of showers as we ate a multitude of chocolate greedily! That wind was a killer though
Thanks to David Ellison for leading the way back to Bracegirdles once again!
A NOTE FOR FUTURE RIDES ON THIS ROUTE: Please refrain from using the Almond Train car park to park your cars. This has not been appreciated by the owners of the business and notes saying so have been left on the cars left there. Please use the road to park your car.
Also, the average speed for the rear of this ride was 16kph and no one was left behind. So if you are worried about joining these L rides due to your lack of speed, don't be.
Now... for the obligatory ride photos. Ride photos are outnumbered by food photos, which is not unusual for this route!
Renata, David and Jolie beaming at the start with very dark clouds behind them!
On the way back to the start, getting tired now! Thank goodness for the tailwind!
Food, glorious food!
Thanks all for your company.