Weybridge - Elstead - West Horsley
|Girding loins after lunch in the shade of the Woolpack|
All went well as we headed out towards West Byfleet, where the wheels of Paul and Jeff’s bikes, having formed a close attachment, found themselves inseparable, depositing Paul onto the tarmac, fortunately with nothing more serious than light bruising. After some dusting down, we set off again, but what subsequently became apparent was that Jeff’s steed had also suffered a bent mudguard, resulting in a small posse in the rear becoming detached from the main peloton. However, in best Wayfarers’ tradition, they decided to make their own way to the lunch stop at Elstead, successfully ferreting us out at the Woolpack, commendably arriving only a short time after the rest of us. Meanwhile, the peloton had pressed on, through Old Woking, Worplesdon, Fox Corner, and Normandy, before tackling the only hill worthy of the name on today’s ride, in the form of Wanborough Hill, which took us across the Hogsback. After that, it was not far to pass through Puttenham, before arriving at Elstead, where we basked in the shade of a large marquee during lunch.
After lunch, we headed for Norney and Hurtmore, passing Charterhouse School en route, and then rode into Guildford, where, having again temporarily separated, we reunited once again to experience the joys of climbing the cobbles of Guildford High Street. Once out of Guildford, the pace picked up as the Wayfarers flashed by in a kaleidoscopic blur leaving a furrow of scorched tarmac (I wish!), in honour of the traditional thrash along the A246 to Squires, Horsley for tea.
To be mentioned in dispatches must be Simon, for keeping an eye on our somewhat fractured rearguard today. I hope everybody enjoyed today’s ride as much as I did, my Cateye telling me I had covered 68 miles in all, including 41 between elevenses and tea.