It felt like spring had sprung a week early. A cool start saw a healthy group at the club this morning. The long ride started off to Dagfields, and we headed out with the aim of visiting Radway Green. The early morning sunshine and only light wind was most welcome, and we headed out on fairly quiet roads, out through Davenham, Lach Dennis, and Goostrey, then up past Jodrell Bank, out via Lower Withington, we skirted Sandback before turning back towards Hassall Green, then on to the cafe at the garden centre at Radway Green.
I was first in the queue and whilst ordering the de-facto standard of beans on toast and tea, spotted the apple pie. I ordered a slice, and then he piped up – Al, I mean. ‘ Can we have it with custard?’ The cafe staff went quiet, and then huddled in the small kitchen, hushed conversation took place whilst we waited in hopeful anticipation. Out came the staff. ‘Yes’ they said! A cheer, and a number of apple pie and custards were ordered. Al’s eyes obviously lit-up. The long-gone stories of the Lock gate cafe having long since ceased serving custard now a distant painful memory…
Fully charged by the sugary apple, pastry and custardy goodness, we left the cafe, and headed back equally as spritely as whence we came, and twiddled back via Barthomley, Englesea Brook, Crewe, Warmingham, Bostock Green, Davenham, (where Al merrily went home), then for the few, back through Hartford.
A fine and well navigated day, with Al and Jules taking on the donkey work on the front for most of the day.
An excellent, and fairly quick day for a short run. I recorded 16mph average for the day.