The two groups massed at the North side of the Bridge and set off in a pincer movement for Old Down and Berkley. At Old Down it was discovered there had been some refurbishment and moving around, but the Inters weren’t to be fooled and managed to stumble across the new cafe – with some help from the visitor outside (with her dogs) who was a little upset dogs were now banned from the cafe! The parrot is still there having been re-homed

No wildlings were sighted but during the trip back we witnessed the kindness and fantastic help of some locals following a slight mishap to one of the group – they were brilliant, Thank You (the individual involved is is ok, if a little bruised)

The massed ranks of recent weeks but a little reduced this week due to half term, rugby, holidays and general day to day life getting in the way, but 15 hardy souls braver the elements and were rewarded with glimpses of blue sky as they climbed up not to the Mendips. Both groups wisely opted for Andre’s as the coffee stop given the cold wind and despite taking over the entire cafe, were welcomed and rewarded with the usual, excellent cake selection.

Reluctantly the warmth of the cafe (some even had found a heater) was left behind for the muddy back lanes as the riders attempted in vain to hide from the wind

A strong turnout for today’s ride with the promise of the Gall Express for 100km for the Fast Group, which took in Burrington and Cheddar en route to Burnham where the Intermediate 14 were enjoying coffee and cake
The headwinds on the way back were offset by the blue sky and sunshine (let’s hope we see all more of this now)