Two riders left Bill Smiths Triumph at 8:30am to collect a third rider at Lymm Services M56/M6 before heading north up the M6 towards the Lakes. It was dry, cool and a bit gusty at times on the ride up.
The group had agreed to meet with a fourth rider, who lives in the Lakes and had helped shape the days route, just north of Windermere at a petrol station. From there, it was a short ride up to Keswick to the Filling Station Cafe arriving shortly before 12, and just in time for a Full Breakfast and mug of tea each. The Filling Station Cafe is like the american Cheers bar from TV only with Cumbrian accents; a very friendly welcoming place.
Refreshed and rested, the group took in the views over the Whinlatter Pass, before turning south through Buttermere and the Honister Pass. It had been threatening heavy rain but we only got a slight shower. The views were awesome and the traffic surprisingly light, maybe due to the forecast bad weather which never materialised.
After a short blast east on the A66, and bidding farewell to our Lakes living rider, the remaining three riders headed south to Kirkstone Pass Inn at the summit of Kirkstone Pass. While enjoying some light refreshment alongside a wood burning fire it briefly rained. As the riders left the welcoming Inn, the rain had stopped and not a drop was seen from then on.
Taking the steep route down to Ambleside, the riders looped through Coniston before filling up near Newby Bridge for the journey home. A brief stop for a coffee at M6 Lancaster Services to take a breather from the gusty winds on the motorway was needed before the riders continued their journey south and home.
It was a long days ride of just over 320 miles for those riding from Chester (around 11 hours including stops) but all the riders enjoyed the ride and the route.
Till next time (and God's country)...ride safe.