Sunday Ride to Binbrook
2nd December 2018
A few glances at the latest weather forecast to see when the Atlantic weather front would pass through Louth, and yes, 10.00 am. The rain cleared on schedule (these weather forecasters are clever!) and Bernie Hobill and John Ambler met up with Tim Newbery at the Market Square in Louth with time for a quick visit to the Christmas Market.
It was Bernie's third time out with the club and we were delighted to learn that he's become a fully paid up member of Cycling UK. There's no escaping now. We were hoping that today's hilly route to Binbrook would'nt put him off!
Setting off initially to Fotherby and Utterby the route ascended to the top of the Wolds via North Ormsby, Manor farm and Dogdyke. Always a pleasure to travel in this peaceful valley, giving splendid views of the deserted Medieval Village. Having climbed up to 130 m (425 ft) it was a good feeling that we would now be able to coast along to the woods at Scallows Hall before a swoop downhill to Binbrook, stopping briefly at the ancient Pinfold enclosure. Plenty of horse riders out enjoying the increasingly bright weather as well as several groups of cyclists.
Lunch was taken at the Plough, Binbrook (thanks to John for buying a round of 'The Reverend James') and we were pleased that Jim Brennan was also able to join us for a meal and a chat having safely delivered Barry Jordan to Louth for his bowling match.
We said farewell to Jim about 1.30 pm and Bernie, suitably refreshed, was ready to tackle Blands Hill, climbing once more up to 130 m and without a dismount. Great views of the Humber from this vantage point and it was turning into a super day. More horse riders, this time two ladies who were checking their maps, and we exchanged pleasantries. A mile up the road we were stopped by a gentleman in a Range Rover asking if we had seen two ladies on horseback? They apparently were heading in totally the wrong direction. We hope that the gentleman eventually caught up with them.
The route continued to North Elkington and Little Grimsby before turning south, into a brisk headwind for the last few miles back to Louth. A good Winters day out, enjoying and exceptionally mild 14 degrees Celsius. Not on par with the sunkissed beaches and 23 degrees in El Medano (Tenerife) or 32 degrees in Kao Tao (Thailand) but pleasant none the less. 46 km (29 miles) covered by the Louth contingent. Many thanks to all.