Mablethorpe in the Autumn

Mablethorpe in the Autumn

An Autumn Ride to Mablethorpe
Sunday 20th October 2019


Following on from several very wet Sunday's (forcing cancellations and abandonments) it was reassuring that the good people of the weather forecasting world had promised a much better day, albeit with a chill northerly breeze.

Meeting up with Tim Newbery at the Meridian Leisure Centre were Alan Hockham, Rob Whitworth, John Rickett and John Ambler. We had made plans to meet up with Reg Bagshaw and Jason Bartup near Howdales, en route to North Somercotes.

With the thermometer reading eight degrees Celsius we set off in high spirits with sunshine breaking through the cloud. John Ambler was proudly riding his e-bike fully equipped with mudguards and a supplementary battery. No stopping our longest serving club member now!

Passing the junction of Pickhill Road and Marsh Lane a little before 10.0 am, exactly on cue, we met up with Reg and Jason. Precision timing! It was good to see Jason with us again and loving the orange arms.

Continuing on through South Somercotes, the route turned north into the stiff breeze (a "breeze" for John Ambler!). Church End North Somercotes took us past St Mary's Church, nestled amongst the horse chestnut trees. This picturesque, quintessential "Marshland" church is of Early English style and dates from the 12th century. We'll need to make a visit next time.

A short distance before arriving at Oasis Fishing Lakes Cafe and it was hot drinks all round and for some of us bacon baps and the super value breakfast. Great hospitality as usual.

Heading south, the wind increased our speed to 18 mph. We were reminded by John Ambler that e-bike motors are limited to 15 mph! Just before Skidbrooke North End Jason picked up a puncture and a team effort ensured a speedy repair. Onwards to Mablethopre, although we did lose sight of John Rickett and Rob for a few miles as they had decided to take a scenic tour through Saltfleet before the club re-grouped at Three Bridges. A final run into 'Maybo', a photo-call on the beach and lunch at the Coffee Pot.

Our return route would take us back to North End and Meer Bridge where the straight as a die Stain Lane allowed some members (both Johns, Rob and Jason) to accelerate away, headwind notwithstanding, and e-bikes set to level two! John Ambler was enjoying the ride.

Roadworks at Gayton Top were safely navigated and it wasn't long before we bade farewell to Reg and Jason at Little Carlton whilst the Louth bound team continued home via Stewton, arriving back at the Leisure Centre on schedule at 3 pm. 43 miles covered. Many thanks to all for the company.

Next Week: Cycling UK Lincolnshire AGM.


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