Driving along the A419 through heavy rain, I wasn’t hopeful of anyone being at Barbury; However Debbie and Sue were already there ready to go. At this point it was just drizzle but by 10am, the heavy rain I had driven through had reached us.
We cycled across Barbury Castle and soon realised it was going to be pretty muddy out (completely different to 6 days before when I had recced the ride). By the time we had reached the old railway line, the rain had eased and by about 10.30 it had stopped completely.
We headed up the radio mast climb, stopping at 11 to observe the 2 minutes silence. It was quite poignant as the guns from the local shoots stopped as well and the sound of bird song filled the air.
We carried on along the old Ridgeway, where it soon became apparent that Sue would be puddle depth scout, and then back down towards the old railway line where we stopped for snacks.
Then it was the final climbs back up to Barbury through mud, long grass and puddles (although there were some puddles even Sue wouldn’t cycle through) and to homemade cakes from Debbie.
Despite the horrible weather at the start of the ride, and the fact we were all plastered in mud at the end, it was a really enjoyable ride out.