The first rule of OGILing was broken, as we arrived at Auntie Gills well before 11 o’clock, and there was some concern that they were not yet open. But the “Open” sign was up and Trevor soon appeared, who, having shown us the latest renovations to the railway layout, welcomed us in.
The most difficult decision of the morning was which of the cake selection to choose, although there was no wrong answer. Conversation was muffled as we concentrated on the task before us.
The rain was forecast to be coming in before lunch and with the wind still blowing strongly, strong enough to blow Mike2’s shower cap off, there was no inclination to do anything other than head straight back. Ian was generally in front so I guess it was he who chose the route; towards Lowertown before turning off, up and over the railway, Trannack, Farms Common and Wendron School. Then it was Jim’s hidden lanes, the short stretch along the Helston Road, with the wind finally behind us, and down to Wendron Cricket Club, after which Simon turned off. The short drop down from Crane garage to Longdowns was “interesting”, bikes dancing across the road in a very sudden and fierce side wind. After leaving Fred at Halvasso turn, and Mike2 and Phil3 at Argal, Phil1 and myself carried on towards Union Corner. In spite of the wind we were home early, and well before the rain. Only 33 miles for me but 33 miles more than if I had listened to Mystic Meg and stayed at home.
Gill is open every Wednesday morning until Christmas so if you have a chance, do drop in. You might find that last Christmas present you were looking for amongst Trevor’s selection of photo gifts.