Following extensive debate on the subject of mudguards, it was time to make a decision. Do we leave the house with mudguards or do we leave without mudguards. There are some who are holding out as long as possible, hoping for a “members” vote on the subject to “reaffirm” the decision already made, while others wish to remain “as they are” regardless. Whatever happens, we will be leaving on time “do or die”!
An indicative vote among today’s five riders saw a narrow majority with mudguards. Although the skies were dry, some road surfaces still had some residual wetness and detritus. It was noticeable how quickly those without mudguards “volunteered” to bring up the rear.
Our destination today was the Mere Cafe at Hornsea. Setting off from Market Cross, we wound our way through town to the Weel Bridge and on to Tickton where we picked up the cycle path to Leven. Mindful of earlier incidents everyone maintained a careful vigilance.
Having espoused the merits of his Wahoo bike computer earlier, Stevie G must have felt a little red faced when said unit decided to abandon ship and rattle down the road, scuttling along like rat in the scuppers. After retrieving the errant unit, we headed off once more, passing through Leven and Brandesburton making our way towards Bewholme.
The next leg leading to Hornsea was somewhat tougher as we turned into the cross wind. With the “mudguarders” taking turns at the front we made good time, arriving at the cafe just as the sun came out to greet us.
On leaving the cafe, we continued south towards Mappleton before turning directly into the wind as we made our way through quiet roads to Great Hatfield and Long Riston. Funny how even a slight incline can feel like a mountain as you battle into the wind. The final leg of our journey saw us passing through Meaux to Routh with a short “break” to enjoy the sunshine as Stevie G stopped to take a phone call. How did we ever manage without mobiles?