10th February 2019
A check on the weather radar revealed the extent of the rain and it did indeed look as if it would all clear by 11 or 12 as predicted. Today's Ride Leader Tim Newbery met up with John, Rob Whitworth and Bernie Hobill and we were delighted to find out that Chris Owen would also be joining us at Grainthorpe. Tim was also very suprised and delighted to be presented with a cycling themed mug detailing "Five things I like almost as much as riding my bike". Great that at number 5 was bacon!
On leaving the Leisure Centre we were greeted by John Ambler who had kindly ventured out in the rain to wish us a pleasant ride and gave his apologies for not joining us. We look forward to his company next week. The route would take us alongside the Louth Navigation to Alvingham.
John reminded us that in the 1960' and 1970's there was a thriving studio pottery at Alvingham. It had originally been an old wheelwrights but Pru Green transformed it into a pottery and a cafe. Sadly the site closed in the 1980's.
The rain by now was easing off and it wasn't long before we joined up with Chris for a few more miles until we reached Grainthorpe and the Watts For Tea cafe based at the old Tower Mill. A super breakfast was enjoyed whilst chatting and catching up with Chris' adventures in Thailand. Definitely a lot cooler, only 5 degrees Celsius instead of 30 degrees Celsius.
Refreshments taken, the riders would depart for the onward journey to Wragholme, North Cotes and Tetney Lock. Chris would say goodbye to us at this junction whilst the remainder were to enjoy further refreshments at the 18th Century sailors haunt, the Crown And Anchor (Tim dutifully sampled a local ale).
Tetney Lock and the tidal Tetney Haven form the eastern most part of the Louth Navigation creating direct access to the Humber. The unusual width of the canal meant that sea-going vessels could sail directly into Louth without transferring their cargoes onto small barges. So successful was this idea that Louth became, for a time, a busier port than Grimsby.
With the skies brightening Cycling UK Louth returned via Tetney and Covenham St. Mary with John peeling off at Grange Farm for his ride back home to Fotherby. The remaining contingent arrived back at the Leisure Centre having completed 27 miles. Bernie seems increasingly confident on the drops and it was great to see Chris once again. Thanks to all.