Sunday 3rd February 2019
The planned ride to the Massingberd Arms at South Ormsby was canceled due to very icy roads on the narrow lanes through Muckton and Swaby. A number Cycling UK Louth members never the less met up at the Leisure Centre for a hot drink and a good chat. Good to have met up with Mike Gray. After discussions and a health and safety brief, Rob Whitworth, Bernie Hobill and John Ambler were keen on a short, much altered route using the salted and gritted main road network.
Tim would join John, Rob and Bernie on a route along the flat and straight B1200 Manby Road. Ice free and with a back wind we enjoyed the brilliant sunshine making good progress past South House, Eastfield and Grove farms. Continuing through Manby we discovered that the cafe at Saltfleetby Fisheries (Saltfleetby North Ings) was open and the owner happy to cook breakfasts for us all. It was a well priced refreshment stop and we were made to feel very welcome. John opted for the bacon sandwich whilst others tried poached egg or beans on toast. Open for food only until 12.30 pm at present.
The temperature was rising to a few degrees above freezing by the time to depart and a return route was chosen via Three Bridges and the Carlton's which would take us to the A157 at Legbourne. Only a short hop to the Royal Oak (Splash) at Little Cawthorpe. Very scenic views by the ford and it was Rob and Bernie's first visit to the pub. Soup, sandwiches, coffee, and for others a pint of Axholme Brewing Co. Lightning Pale Ale, went down well. Bernie would head home to Manby whilst the remainder to Louth having covered about 20 miles.