With the possibility of rain and it being a cold and blustery morning, there seemed to be a common consensus for a fairly short ride and a different venue for the coffee break. The suggestion of your correspondent for the cafe/ restaurant, opposite the Pegwell Hotel at Ramsgate, was accepted with the alternative option of Mrs Corby should the former not be open.
The annual display of the wild yellow lupin bushes s along the ancient highway deserves particular mention; however, other than this, the anticipated ride into the wind proved not to be such a hard task. But perhaps e-bikers should be careful in expressing such opinions?
The café being open, we eight riders sat on the balcony with the 180° stretched out Pegwell Bay vista of sea and land before us. From iImmediately bellow came the chatter and squabbling noise of feeding oyster catchers, following the retreating tide over the smooth, chalk, wave cut platform. An idyllic setting unfortunately marred by gathering clouds and sequential rain drops. Nevertheless our exodus was gratefully enlightened by John G’s generosity in paying for the refreshments to mark his forthcoming OBE status.
At Sandwich quay, a 40p(!) relief stop in the public toilet provided some protection from the rain, but unfortunately from this point on, the weather deteriorated and it was every man to himself in determining how quickly he could get home.
It was a good ride, with a change of venue. Next time the bikes can be parked in the hotel’s car park (the hotel and café being the same owner) and hopefully better weather conditions will prevail.
The listed few were Tom, Mikes E, L and S, Stan, Jonathon, John G, and Lance. We wish Richard Lng a speedy recovery from last week’s accident.