All Day Breakfast Run (May 2022)

All Day Breakfast Run (May 2022)

Sunday 29th – up early and off to Spaxton for the All Day Breakfast Run!
A sunny start but a tad ‘fresh’ – never mind, as we signed on for route-sheets and nosh the tea-urn was boiling, the toasters were primed and in the kitchen the breakfasts were starting to sizzle!

Suitably fortified, some chat and bike appraisals in the car park, get the route-sheets ordered and loaded and off. Out of Spaxton, up along the eastern edge of the Quantocks – a scenic back-road – and down onto the Levels to skirt West Sedge Moor to the first coffee and cake stop some 45 miles along at Willowbrook Garden Centre just east of Wellington. (Very hospitable – we even had tables reserved for us!)

From Willowbrook, around Wellington and north-west to Wiveliscombe, then west and north up into the Brendons along the 3190 – very pretty but with a heavy rainshower or two about. Sharp left around the chapel onto the 3224 (carefully negotiating the two-car pile-up right on the corner) to Timberscombe and out of the rain. Nice to have dry roads and sunshine again on more back-roads with great views around Dunkery and down onto the 39 for a quick ‘blast’ into Minehead to the second stop – along the sea-front or maybe next to the steam trains in the station.

Finally ‘homewards’ – to Washford, up the valley past Coombe Sydenham, onto the 3224 (again – going east this time, but again with some rain!) and the 358 for a good jaunt to Bishops Lydeard, then over the Quantocks again via more scenic back-roads (skirting Hawkridge Reservoir) to Spaxton.

And at Spaxton, tea and cake!

Another brilliant day out, 108 miles in all and not entirely uneventful – two different accidents (nothing to do with us!), one at Willowbrook as well as at the 3190/3224 junction, and the Mountain Cub lost its sparks at Washford. It refused to be fixed despite the many ministrations and Phil did ‘man with van’ rescue work.

Many to thank for this one – all the kitchen volunteers in the morning, Phil for organising (and rescue van duty), Caroline for most excellent tea and cake, and everyone who turned up for fine company!

 

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