As the ride 'captain' it was unfortunate that the 9 o'clock start had to be missed. The others assembled on time and took off as scheduled. At 0917hrs I made the start having previously advised them and agreed to catch them up. Must admit to putting a bit of effort in to achieve that and the first half, up to the cafe, is littered with personal bests and an average speed of just under 13 mph. A miracle considering the hilly aspect of it! Puffing and panting on arrival at the Mother Hen I was greeted with no bikes outside. Calamity. Over a cup of tea and a couple of phone calls it turned out the others had deviated from the planned route to avoid possible traffic in Banwell. (It was completely clear lads.) They turned up 5 minutes later. Never mind, we were together as a group and over a drink and some delicious home made cake, agreed the Mother Hen was a good choice of stop. Onwards then to the Congresbury to Sanford section of the Strawberry line where the photo was taken.
Nice to get some positive remarks about the route and most of riders clocked up 30 miles. Mine was just over.