Cup of Tea Challenge (TEA)

Only four brave souls assembled at the Thatch for the final leg of the Great British challenge. With a weather forecast of sunshine and showers, many regulars had cried off, including the North Wales contingent we were supposed to meet up with at Mavericks. Well, the forecast was half right, dunno what happened to the showers but we all managed to come home with a suntan!

We followed a route planned by Stu Shepherd with photo stops at Ewloe, Abergele and Talacre. The route mostly avoided the A55, using lanes we had never encountered before between Ewloe and Abergele, then the old Coast Road to Talacre and then Mavericks café, after a detour around Mostyn Docks trying to find the place. Eventually, Carl resorted to his smartphone and found where it was, although he and Steve managed yet another detour around a deserted industrial estate!

There was a classic car show at Mavericks so our classic bikes went down well. My 1980 T140ES Bonneville was the newest bike in our group, with Carl and Steve both mounted on 1973 T150 Tridents. We laughed that the numerous adventure bike riders in our club, who style themselves as ‘Ewan and Charlie’ round the world travellers, all stayed at home today in case it rained!

With the ‘Cup of Tea’ spelt out over the three rides in the series (Capenhurst, Upton by Chester, Pant y Waco,  Oulton Park, Frodsham, Talacre, Ewloe and Abergele!) we decided to finish off the afternoon with a celebratory pint at the Tap before heading for home.