Max Mill Lane
Three of the gang making it to the 'catch up' point at the bottom of Max Mill Lane. The ride started off OK in the sunshine and the aim was to get to the coffee stop around ten to beat the rain that was forecast. Two Phils making good time followed by Dave.
Arnie and Alan
Closely followed by these two, the back markers at this point, which meant we could crack on. As we approached the cafe at Hewish, it did start to spit with rain and shortly after we were safely ensconced in there it poured down. Excellent timing.
Leaving the coffee shop I noticed that the rear tyre on my bike was nearly flat so pumped it right up and carried on. Unfortunately that did not last long so had to stop again 1/2 mile further on and change the inner tube. Norman, on the right, found a thin thorn in the tube which is not too surprising considering the amount of hedge cutting that has been going on lately around these reins. Alan and Phil giving moral support on the left. Changed it OK and was able to carry on after a short stop, unfortunately into quite heavy rain.
A tough one that. Covered nearly 24 miles today.