I arrived at a new starting point, the Toby Carvery at Highnam.
First thought, nobody else here! but it wasn’t long before the bikes started rolling in. What a great turn out, more than I expected, 13 bikes. So after a good chatter and the briefing sorted, I chose to give it a go as one group as many already had the route in their Sat-nav. and all were experienced Group riders.
So we left at about 9:25 with Mike Pictor as Sweeper.
Heading towards Newent we went through Dymock, Fromes Hill past Bromyard upto our coffee stop where we sat outside at The Den Cafe, Mill Farm, Stanford Bridge (WR6 6SP). Not been there before, I thought the service a little slow, so I popped inside to ask, only to find out that most of our guys had ordered bacon buttys! Probably had close to an hour there, but it doesn’t matter.
Back on the road, next stop Cosford RAF Museum.
The original plan was to spend a couple of hours here. I did ask that we should be ready to leave at 2:00pm, so we did in fact spend slightly less than two hours there. Then we all queued up to order lunch, sat down chatted and waited for lunch which did take a little while to arrive, then ate and just continued to enjoy each others company just sitting there nattering. I looked at the time 1:40pm! (this place is well worth a return visit if it’s only to see the aircraft).
Back in the saddle. The return route was much the same as one up, apart from a detour to find a petrol station. We did pause at the Hop Pocket, Bishop’s Frome only to agree that we should crack on to our destination point Countrywide Garden Centre, Ledbury. Here we sat with many enjoying milkshake and doing (for close on an hour) what we appear to do very well!
So this is from where we parted.
I must also add. I loved the day, everybody’s company, the weather, whole package. Thanks to all and special mention for my wing man Mike who did an excellent job at the back.