15th Outing: 7th October 2008. Better luck this Tuesday! With appalling forecasts looming I was surprised that only Dave called to say he wasn't coming. Three at the Pier, JG, David Lintern and Bill V, with tailwind, thundered down the ancient highway in a record 19 minutes to the Bird Sanctuary where we picked up Tom and then Lance, Howard and Norman at Sandwich Bridge.
We whistled along past Pfizers through to Cliffs End where we tried a part-new route to Minster and Monkton, then taking the "Viking Way-not yet ready" through St. Nicholas at Wade to the North Kent Coast and Reculver. After some liquid refreshment we semi-fought the cross-wind along the coastal Route One, and excellent cycle-only way to Margate.
Rather than add further miles by going to the satisfactory small sandwich restaurant that we have frequented twice at the other end of Margate we settled on a "greasy spoon" opposite the station - big mistake! Some of us chose wisely by sticking to the ubiquitous "fry-up" whereas Bill and Norman decided on fish and chips - not good! Uncooked frozen much travelled fish resulted in a very unsatisfactory mush which had both recipients returning their fayre for re-cooking, but only one returned, the other was binned as unsalvageable, so Bill had chips only.
Four of us returned by train (wisely) while Howard and the two fishless ones decided bravely to take on the long headwindy journey through heavily trafficked roads home. Please let us know when they return!
A really excellent trip today with pretty fair weather, even some sun, and home before the rains came. (JG)
PS: After a visit to the gym, with weather looking good, Dave decided to venture out on bike after all and apparantly did the Dover to near-Folkstone run both ways - highly commendable!
PPS: A nice little infortmative 'blog' from Norman: