Two of us rode to the start in Uffington where we were joined by three others. There was just enough chill in the air to justify second layers but these were mostly shed at the top of Ashbury Hill where Chris joined the ride to make a full six person bubble.
As we headed south with the wind at our back the sun came out, we smiled and pedalled happily along. Our first stop was at Wendys Community Cafe in Great Bedwyn for great breakfast sarnies while watching the local football team in action.
We stayed on route, climbing to Cornholt, before our second stop at the Tea Cosy in Hurstbourne Tarrant, where we met up with Phil. Sadly the eponymous tea cosies were absent - apparently they constitute a covid health hazard - but we sat in the sunny garden enjoying the splendid cakes.
We split into two bubbles for the return route.
The valley road past Linkenholt looked splendid before the climb up to Coombe Gibbet. Probably the easiest route up - summited with little difficulty - before the technical, i.e. slow for the gravelly bends, descent towards Kintbury.
The sun shone, we ate up the miles, and returned safely to Uffington.