What a great day for a ride to Lake Argal. The temperature may have been cold but the skies were blue and you could feel the cold oxygen going through your lungs.
Six cyclists gathered at the 108 coffee shop (John, Chris F, Dom, Pete, Fionn and myself). Pete, who was new to the club, arrived on time with his van at 9.30 and so we had a delayed start to allow time for Pete to find a place to park his vehicle.
We kept to the main roads for the first part of the trip to allow the ice to melt on the country lanes. The route took us through Bissoe, Pulla Cross and Stithians (where Dom left us to head back home)
On route we met a Road closed sign on the road to Brill. Like all cyclists we just ignored it and cycled through. A discussion took place how there is usually a way through for cyclists. We almost reached Brill when we discovered the obstruction (lorries and a large deep hole) which forced us to backtrack and cycled a lane to Trewardreva Cross which I knew would be challenging due to the very poor surface of the road, some did find this road a struggle.
The route then became hilly going through Constantine and Port Navas, but as some of us were struggling on what for most were new roads, others like our new young rider Fionn were enjoying the climbs, the steeper the better!
Our coffee stop at Caffe Nova Argal View Cafe was a new café for the club and on that Sunday morning you couldn’t have chosen a better coffee stop. The water on the lake was stunning as the light of the sun slimmered across the lake below the very blue skies. The coffee and cake was also good value and freshly made.
On the return trip we divided into small groups. Fionn left us at a great speed, John and Pete headed back to Truro via Stithians and Perranwell and Chris F and I headed towards Penmarth.
It was a good ride with an excellent route, good company, great weather and a superb coffee stop.
Writer of report Jeremy Bond, 41 Miles, average speed 12.5mph