28th August 2016
Including last Sunday's cycle ride I managed to cycle 150 miles last week! My Sunday ride over the levels with Mike. Wednesday was a 'Wobblies' ride on a beautiful morning over to have coffee on the Beach at Beer. It was a tough ride over Stockland before dropping down a lovely long descent down to the coast. Coffee and cake at 'Duckeys' cafe on the beach below the cliffs, a superb position, great cake, sadly we then had the climb up from the coast over Rousden and Chardstock, eight of us had a lovely ride.
Thursday I joined Yeovil CC for a ride over to Milton Abbass and Milton Abbey School where they have a wonderful tearoom only open in holiday time. Thirteen of us left Yeovil for the Dorset country side, working our way through villages with lovely names, Wooten Glanvills, Beer Hacket etc. The weather had been humid and low cloud and as we arrived at Milton Abbey, it started to drizzle. It was a spectacular view down on the school and Abbey.The tea rooms were quiet and we were early for lunch but, the lovely ladies serving said we could order. Mine was Milton Rarebit, thick whole grain toast with tasty cheddar cheese, a pot of pickle and a small salad accompanied by a pot of tea, very nice, we had to sit inside as it was now raining harder.
By the time we left the cafe the rain was very heavy, we climbed up through the village of Milton Abbas ( the village was moved so the Lord of the Manor couldn't see it) a pretty village, one street of thatched cottages, at the top of the Main Street, we turned left to climb Bulbarrow hill, in now heavy rain. Finally at the top, lots of sweat in the heat and wearing a pertex wind proof the descent would be interesting, twisty, steep, several 20% sections on very wet roads, braking was hard in the wet, the overhanging trees not helping as they made it very dark and even more slippery. Descending also with 12 other cyclists, I think we were all glad when we got to the bottom, ironically the rain started to ease, eventually stopping and drying up as we got closer back to Yeovil 60 miles covered, a great day out, especially as the sun came out in the final few miles to dry us off. I can recommend the Tea rooms at Milton Abbey, they do have website, worth a check when they are open.
My running this week was an off road 7 miler round Neroche trails, very hot and very dry and a 6 + mile road run round town, my first since the spring where I finished in the dark!!
A wonderful week of weather last week, but toady it seemed to have changed, my Sunday morning ride was spoiled with heavy rain 12 miles from home. We had gone round through Misterton and Hazelberry Plucknett before riding through heavy rain back through Hinton St George ( one of the posh villages in the area) only 27 miles today.