I tried leaving last Wednesday’s report for a few days, hoping that someone else would pick up the pen, if not the challenge, but to no avail. Fortunately Mr Garmin remembers where we went and most of what goes on during an OGIL ride. I often hear him chuckling to himself as we make an unsteady progress to wherever it is that we have decided to honour with our presence and our pensions. This week it was a return to the Harbourside Café at Porthleven. Jan was on her way to Finland and so we didn’t need to collect her at Crane Garage, so it made a nice change to visit Gweek, the Trelowarren Estate and Cury. Then it was down past Culdrose and down again to Helston cattle Market but continued on up the hill taking a left hand at the top to drop down into Porthleven. Nigel took the opportunity to call in at Cycle Logic to see if they had finished servicing his electric bike, promising to catch us up at the café. The morning had started dull again so there were no takers for the outside seats and we fitted nicely around two inside tables. No fuss over the order and a properly made pot of tea. We were soon tucking into our choices. Hear, I have to admit, I am a bit vague as to the full extent of the conversations. Sundays Audax was discussed in depth and Kath’s Coast to Coast trip. We didn’t need telling, her tour legs had put her at the front for most of the journey out. Both Paul and Phil3 needed to be back early so made their excuses and left and as Nigel had not turned up I called the unanswered call I received shortly before we reached Porthleven. His bike was not ready and he had nipped into the boating lake café before setting off back home.
This left just five of us; Colin, Kath, Keith, Martyn and myself to make the usual route, back through the Penrose Estate, up through Helston, etc, etc. Muddy lanes were dusty lanes today and Keith managed to get himself along the main Helston road without a puncture. Back in Falmouth, I tagged along as Kath called into Falmouth Cycles to get a glimpse of her new bike, which she would pick up later. As those who have done the Audax today will know, it’s lovely. 43 miles for me. Dean