Sunday 16th June 2013 Middling Ride
Report by Chris W.
There was a good turnout at Kingskerswell Arch despite the forecast of rain throughout the day. Perhaps because of the poor weather the majority opted for the easy ride to Berry Head. Seven of us set out on the Middling ride although unfortunately Arnie Reed found that his newly fitted chain could not be persuaded to get on with his existing cassette, with the result that he decided to head for home to do a little extra bike mechanics.
We climbed up to Little Haldon and on past Teignmouth Golf Course, crossing Dawlish Water for coffee at Duckaller farm to the west of Dawlish Warren. This is a good little farm cafe but with limited seating. As today was Fathers's Day there was only room for three of us. At any event Steve, Pete and Kevin needed to be home for lunch so that left Chris, Ursula and Jacky to carry on to Exeter via Starcross, Exminster and the Exeter Cycle Path.
Lunch was enjoyed under the old open market roof which kept the rain off but not the wind. Morale was good though so we pressed on uphill to reach Whitestone Church to the WNW of Exeter. Unusually, even the Church porch had a door which was securely locked so it was good that we had earlier found shelter for lunch at Exeter. As we could not easily have a look inside St Catherine's church we followed the road to Tedburn St Mary. Despite the rain visibility was good and the views of the surrounding countryside were outstanding. This ride was Kevin's idea and it certainly ran true to form; rewarding views in exchange for some hill climbing.
The ride back from Tedburn St Mary followed the usual route, afternoon tea at Dunsford followed by a pacey ride down the Teign Valley. This was felt to be something of a rehearsal for the Dartmoor Classic which all three of us will be doing on Sunday 23 June.
A fine ride then despite the intermittent rain and a new route explored which is always a good thing.