North Sea Observatory
North Sea Observatory
Sunday 18th November 2018
A perfect clear blue sky Autumn morning start for the riders assembled at Louth's Market Square. Tim Newbery was to lead today's ride and was greeted by John Ambler, Alan Hockham and Bernie Hobill, who hadn't been put off from last weeks' adventures.
Departing at a slightly earlier than usual time of 10 am we made steady progress into the wind along Legbourne Road and met up with Chris Owen, just before arriving at Little Cawthorpe. The group suitably strengthened, we continued through Muckton Bottom, Muckton and Saleby before a final short section of the A1104 took us through Thoresthorpe and onto the Five Sailed Windmill in Alford.
We sat down to well deserved refreshments and and were pleasantly surprised to meet up with Paul Linder who joined us to catch up on the latest news. He was also proudly sporting the book 'Four Legs, Two Wheels' which John had recommended after his talk on Odyssey 2000.
Sadly we were to say goodbye to Paul following refreshments, and John too joined Chris and Bernie on a scenic route back to Louth. This was Chris' last ride with the group for a few months so we wish him well and look forward to seeing him next year.
That left Tim and Alan to continue on the route to the coast which was quite a push into an increasingly fresh easterly breeze. Passing through Anderby and along the coast road it was decided to take lunch at Jackson's Cafe, Chapel St. Leonards. Very good prices for bacon buns and coffee! Backtracking it was time to take a tour around the North Sea Observatory. Definitely 'Bracing'. It was surprisingly busy but that's good news for the venue as it's obviously proving popular and attracting the tourists and locals alike. There's also a rather splendid art gallery which this time around was hosting The Beach exhibition. Well worth a visit. Chapel Point, where the observatory now stands, is interesting in it's own right too. The World War One pill box has long since disappeared but it was once part of the east coast defenses. It was converted into 'The Sentinel Chapel' before being demolished.
It was now 2 pm and time to start the journey home, this time with a pleasant tail wind. The skies continued crystal clear blue although this did make it a little difficult at times to see where you were going as the low angle sun was in our eyes. Passing through Hannah, Markby and Beesby we made good progress, good enough in fact to make a final refreshment and comfort stop at Woodthorpe Garden Centre.
By the time Alan and Tim approached Legbourne the sun was slowly setting behind the majestic Lincolnshire Wolds and lights were now required as dusk was rapidly setting in. We arrived back in Louth just before 4.30 pm, having covered 75 km (47 miles) and having enjoyed a fine day out. Many thanks to all for their company.