ACR Porthallow

Six cyclists met at Lemon Quay (Julian, Chris R, Chris F, Barney, Rich and Gareth) for the trip to Porthallow.  It was nice to see the blue skies returning after the downpour of the previous day.  By the time I joined them in Stithians to add onto their numbers, the number remained the same as Barney returned home to Truro for he wasn’t feeling well.

Chris F was on drugs due to a toothache and everyone wondered if they were performance enhancing drugs to boost his performance or was he cycling better due to his new black bike with no logo, just a black frame.  I wonder if it ever gets stolen how he will explain to the police the make/model of the bike stolen! At least with my bike I can say it’s red and white with a word TREK written on the frame….Chris can only say ‘its black’!

We cycled up the hill out of Stithians.  Rich had to be home before lunch so he turned off heading to Carnkie (Wendron) as the rest of us headed to Rame and then took the country lane down to Gweek.  We cycled the normal way heading through Mawgan and up the hill towards St Martin.  At Gear Farm Gareth was having a problem with his gears.  I was a little disappointed as I thought I was getting fitter as I was leaving Gareth behind on the hills.

We carried on (with Gareth’s gears making a noise) through Newtown St Martin and headed to St Anthony-in-Meneage, then up the hill at Carne and down into Porthallow.  Here we headed to a café situated on the coastal path (which took the walkers inland) which I wanted to try.  The Fat Apples café was out in the middle of no-where in what looked like a farm.  We were greeted by the family dog and I had a large Chelsea bun and coffee (coming in little bodum cafetieres) and hot milk which was well presented, reasonably priced and we ate in their garden.  This was a fantastic find.

I expected a fast ride back to Helston and I was not going to be disappointed as we cycled over Goonhilly, around RNAS Culdrose into Helston.  I was able to keep up with my fellow cyclists, only got left behind once on a hill after Garras but everyone waited for me!  I departed company from the main pack at Coverack Bridges after a wonderful ride which allowed the remaining cyclists to quicken their pace to Truro.  I returned home to Camborne after completing 53 miles.

There is an ACR planned for Sunday 29th September where the destination will be Sithney.  This will be the last day of trading for this great cake institution and to mark this final occasion the tea rooms will be open early from 10am.  Aunty Gill is hoping the cyclists in the area who have supported her over the years will be able to come and enjoy one last coffee and cake or cream tea before she closes for the final time.

There may be an ACR in Mid September….I will keep you posted if this occurs.

Happy cycling

Jeremy

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