Sunday Ride to Trerice 19 June 2016

 

Trerice, finally, after years…
After, as usual, some confusion on the part of the ride leader, the somewhat damp group of 9 riders set out, up Moresk Road, towards the delights of the, closed on Sunday, Waitrose Park and Ride.  After some manoeuvring through the assault course of closed gates, dangerously steep ramps, and weird speed humps, the group made it out of the P & R, onto the A390.  Here eschewing the somewhat problematic “down” cyclepath, the group cruised on through Tresillian at a steady pace.

Turning left into the Laddock Valley the even more bedraggled group of riders eventually regrouped opposite the Falmout Arms at Laddock.  Here after a brief discussion along the lines of “this isn’t much fun is it?”. the assembled riders split into two groups. Those who quite rightly had had enough of the weather, and those who were determined to get to Trerice, even if it involved some swimming…

Consequently a group of 5 set off for Brighton Cross, with the proviso that 2 of them were just going to use the roundabout, to set them in the right direction to go home, as well…

The remaining 3 headed towards the A30, not so much with a renewed vigour, but more a grim determination to lunch at Trerice.  However much to their relief as they turned off left towards St Enoder, and also much to their surprise, the rain lightened to a gentle drizzle…  So it was with some lightening of spirits that they turned right at St Enoder, and left at both the mostly unknown, but marked on the map, Retyn, and again left at the again similarly described Luke’s Shop…  Straight on, with a mild swerve across the helpfully empty of traffic, A3058, a few miles more, then an abrupt,  gear mangling right turn up hill at the next T junction, half a mile more and the reduced contingent arrived, semi triumphantly at its destination.

The pre-lunch ride having been 17.6 miles, at, considering the conditions, a brisk 12.4 mph average…
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Having not been to Trerice in quite some while, the group was pleasantly surprised to see a brand new bike rack, conveniently situated right next to the building entrance at the edge of the car park.  The staff at Trerice were most welcoming, but possibly a bit bemused, we got the impression that they had been expecting, a ravening horde of maybe 50 cyclists, set on denuding the cafe of its entire contents in one fell swoop…
We did try and explain that the rest of the group had mistakenly left their water wings at home, and retired defeated by the weather…

After a very pleasant and slightly unusual repast, cream teas, and apple crumbles with more clotted cream, were in evidence, but not a cheesy chip to be seen, the still soggy group proceeded on its way.

The route back consisted of following the signs to St Newlyn East, followed by some confusion in the middle of the village, due to not usually approaching the minor conurbation from that direction, but easily getting back on track, to continue through Fiddler’s Green, down to Goonhavern, through Bolingey and a damp and mostly deserted Perranporth, up Perrancombe. Briefly pop back out onto the main road, brisk uphill left turn, by the chevrons, be careful not to miss it, and watch out for the caravan entirely filling the lane, oooops….  Straight up the Mithian road, past the turning to Silverwell, zig zag across the road to Chiverton Cross, down though Sawmills, Greenbottom, and finally a triumphant, or possibly merely relieved, return to Truro…
Around 20 miles, at a considerably slower pace, must be those cafe legs, or maybe the weight of all that water being carried along on the riders…
Our thanks to the staff at Trerice, with the hope that more of us will visit again, in more clement weather…
Riders:  Ros and Paul Delderfield, Chris Fearnley, Huw Greenish, John Gilbert, Debbie Barnett, Bob Coombe, Louise Goldsmith, Niq Carter-Rowe (ride leader).
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