On a not very flaming June day, 9 riders gathered at the pier comprising Malcolm, Tom, Jonothan, Stan, David and, if I use my first name, 5 Mikes (E, L, M, P & S). As we stood chatting a short sharp shower occurred which, coupled with an easterly-ish wind, stimulating a decision to embark on a modest ride to Langdon Cliffs Café via the coastal route. This venue was also convenient for John G to meet up with us. As Stan had another commitment later in the morning, he decided not to join us.
The 8 remaining riders had an uneventful journey to Langdon Cliffs Café where Mike L announced he would pay for the refreshments as his birthday treat – Happy Birthday, Mike, and thank you! John & Monica then arrived and we were able to enjoy our refreshments alfresco, keeping a close watch on a less than bashful jackdaw who was eying up the various cakes on display!
Discussions ranged from the Chump state visit to the Thatcher years whilst Mike M cast a professional eye on the boat he used to be master of manoeuvring in the harbour without once muttering ‘left hand down a bit’!
We bade farewell to John & Monica and began the return journey, David being the only one to take the off road option, rejoining us at the memorial at which we observed some rather threatening dark clouds approaching from the Channel. This stimulated a less than leisurely dash for home.
On the way down Kingsdown Road we came across a Castle Taxis vehicle at the bollards with its reversing lights on! Either he had a crappy Satnav, clearly hadn’t done ‘The Knowledge’ or was involved in some unknown nefarious activity! We didn’t stop to ask as the clouds were beginning to seriously unzip. I managed to get back home without getting too wet but I assume everyone else was less fortunate!
A modest 17 miles for me. (JP)