Twelve riders set out for Eccleshall heading out via Cheddleton, Dillhorne, Blyth Bridge. Sadly, when riding over the railway crossing, a careless steering wheel holder decided that although there was a van heading towards him, he would still pass close by the group just to get in front. Thankfully, no one was hurt. We rode on to Staddington and turned for Rough Close and on to Barleston and Swynnerton and in to Eccleshall where we joined the village for the service of remembrance. All riders took time to observe the two minute silence to honour the centenary of the end of the first world war. Nine point five million died and twenty one million were injured during the conflict. Have we learnt anything since then given the state of Europe and the world? I fear not. We carried on and headed to Sugnall and the fine, walled garden where we were soon enjoying coffee and beans on toast. The gardens supplied the hall with food and the estate has been owned by the Jacques family for five generations.
The main group were riding back via Woore and Congleton so myself Dave M and Gareth headed back the way we came passing through Barleston and back to Rough Close where we headed to Werrington and turned off to head to Cheddleton by the back lanes before dropping Dave off. Sadly, we had no time to watch the afternoon entertainment show called Dave M washes his bike! We carried on and arrived back in leek at 2.15PM after a fifty six mile ride. Thanks to Rich C for planning such a great ride to a new cafe.