Ride by Rachel and Russell

*****Report by Rachel

After an anxious week watching the forecast we set off from Farnborough on a dri ly morning, heading out towards Rotherwick via the Hampshire lanes around Crookham Village and Dogmersfield, crossing Hartley Wintney and stopping for a breather and fig roll (or two) at West Green. The obelisk in the gardens of West Green House was briefly admired, it being too cold and wet for too much cultural appreciation, then on we pressed through the floods to lunch at the Coach and Horses. Every radiator in sight was soon covered with soggy gloves and dripping leggings whilst Christopher’s shoes hung above the stove in the hope that they would at least warm up a bit by the end of lunch. Sadly, by the time we ventured out again the wind was stronger, the rain heavier and the temperature lower. What should have been a leisurely meander around the hills of Odiham and Roke Farm saw us with heads down forging through the torrents pouring off the sodden fields, bow waves breaking over mudguards and knees. Strangely, no-one stopped to photograph the snowdrops and sheep! Mention was made of bringing a boat along on future rides and the signpost to St Swithun’s Church and Miller’s Ark at Nately Scures was eyed with apprehension. We decided to cut the ride a little short and, thankfully, arrived back in Farnborough without mishap, not even a puncture, where we tucked into very well deserved tea and cake. Good ride, shame about the rain! 10 riders, 38 miles and a lot of rain.

Morning snack - Photo by Dave

Drying Out - Photo by Dave

Preparing to brave the elements - Photo by Dave

Sheltering - Photo by Dave

Road or river? - Photo by Dave

Feb 13 As Ridden

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