2019 Cycling

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Glen Parva Manor, Glen Parva

We all came into Leicester from numerous destinations. The two Ians, Mick, Velo John, Graham and Simon cycled in from Syston. Richard Sleath cycled in from Kirby, Derek from Houghton, Mush from Mountsorrel and Richard Clarke from Sileby, Dave from home and Peter from Enderby.

We met up at the Asda coffee shop near the Space Centre where everyone warmed up. As normal we set off at 10am and passed through Abbey Park to the River Soar till we reached the Great Central line. Following this old railway line we travelled south to Glen Parva. Our morning route then took us to Whetston and Countesthorpe and then back up northwards to Blaby and the Glen Parva Manor for lunch. At lunch we met Ben who now holds the record for the shortest Embers ride of 1.6 miles. Get well soon Ben.

The return journey in the afternoon was straight back to the Great Central, the River Soar and then to Abbey Park café where we warmed up again before splitting up and finding different ways home.

The weather although cold at plus 3 to 4 degrees C was generally superb as there was little wind and no rain. A great start to the year.

- Simon Over

Gate, Osbaston Hollow

With three Embers literally in the air on route to New Zealand for a motorcycling holiday, nine of us had a mini tour of our own north west of Leicester. Does not have quite the same ring to it though.

We met at Kirby Muxloe with Velo John, Derek, Graham and Simon cycling in from their respective homes and the others arriving direct to the car park by the library. The others being the two Richards, Ian Jacques, Mush and Mick.

The joint route took us north east to Ratby, then round Thornton reservoir. We did of course make the compulsory stop at the Thornton garden centre for a well-earned hot drink and to warm up.

Sufficiently warmed we moved on through Bagworth to what we hoped was a pub at Barlestone. However, as with so many pubs these days, there were problems at both the two local hostelries so we moved on to the Gate at Osbaston Hollow just a mile away.

After a leisurely lunch we headed back towards Kirby via Tropical Birdland at Desford for coffee and cake. It is a tough life but someone has to do it. We finally cycled back to Kirby and onto home.

The weather was kind but cold most of the day with just a small shower as we were taking a break at the bird sanctuary. All in all a great day.

- Simon Over

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