Six riders; Tom, Bill V, Bill K, David Lt, Howard and John G, left the pier promptly at 9.00am having entrusted the latter to lead the way. The original plan was adhered to up until the Blazing Donkey when Howard suggested not to turn left to pass the celebrated inn but to continue straight ahead towards the Northbourne Road thus avoiding the steep hill into Eastry. Agreed! And it added up to a 'variation', something always favoured by musicians. However this route would mean a quarter mile on the Eastry bypass, not a nice prospect, but fate was with us as that section of road was closed for maintenance. And as a "Road Closed" sign tends to be an irresistible invitation to the Tuesday Tour we duly headed up it!
Soon on the cycle track beside the bypass we spent much energy avoiding large clumps of horse droppings - what do they give our four legged friends for breakfast? Fortunately this route is well sheltered from headwinds and although a constant but gentle upward slope throughout we eventually achieved our objective, the Cider Works.