Ride report 12/10/14
Who Gares Wins
riders: Dave (ride leader), Rod, John, Jude, Ian, Niq, Paul, Ros
Eight set out from the Piaza on NCR route 3 through the underpass and riverside walk to the Newham trail. A brief encounter with a few muddy patches saw us emerge onto the Old Coach Road down to Calenick. Ignoring the recommended Sustrans route to King Harry ferry we sped up to Kea School before turning left to Porth Kea and descending to Cowlands. Rod and Niq followed the MTB code and took the Wrinkling Lane route to Trelissick while those of us with faint nerves took the smooth road via Penelewey. All were reunited at the slipway in time to witness the ferry departing for the Roseland side without us.
Moments later, it returned to carry us across; whereupon, rested, the ascent towards Philleigh proved lacking challenge. The views across the estuary towards Falmouth were rewarding as St Just in Roseland approached. Soon we were rolling past St Mawes castle before settling down to al fresco lunch at the Rising Sun.
Retracing our route to St Just-in-Roseland, Niq, Ros and Paul headed back to the ferry while the remaining five took an undulating course to Trewithian. Leaving the main road we passed Treworthal and Treworga to reach Ruan Lanihorne, where Ian headed for home via Tregony.
The remaining four ambled by the estuary discussing more glorious river traffic to cross Sett bridge and into Lamorran Woods. Selecting St Michael Penkivel rather than the road through Gare, we were soon careering down to Tresillian, where John and Jude felt at home, leaving Dave and Rod to carry the Club Colours back to Truro.
Before parting, Jude shattered the website-generated myth concerning Intermediate rides by declaring an average speed of 9.2 mph.