Whitstable - August 2018: Ride report

Our August ride to Whitstable never fails to be a cracker, and 2018 was no exception.   Close to 70 of us escaped London on quiet roads, admired the light along Old Father Thames, dodged the glass in Plumstead and headed east into the dark lanes of Kent.   Only a couple of mechanicals hindered our progress, and one in particular gave us the opportunity to be entertained by the night life in Gravesend as we waited for the rear of the ride to catch up.   Spirits were high when we arrived at the Step and Learn charity in Strood for the delicious sandwiches and cakes laid on by Tim and Angela.  

 

And things got even better as we headed into the dark lanes to witness a glorious sunrise over the Medway during the second half of the ride.   With a kind tailwind urging us along, our adventure ended with the Graveney Dash and a leisurely breakfast basking in the warm Whitstable sunshine.   Judging by the smiles at The Waterfront, a good time was had by all.

 

Big thanks go to Tim and Angela at Step and Learn, and Faye and her helpers at The Waterfront in Whitstable.  Not forgetting the Fridays team that managed the ride, including Ross, Charlie, Adrian, Ian and (another) Tim.

Photo credits:  Andrew Forsyth, Steve Farrugia, Tim Decker