The Lune B+ run eventually left Dalton Square around 9.15’ish having agreed on Gummers How as the primary objective for the day – a previously aborted run due to a lack of interest after the club dinner. The group numbered around 11’ish including John A, John, Johnny, Nev, Julian, Tinner, Paulo, Hass, Chris M, Mark & Clive and after some minor route discussion settled on the Kellets, Burton, Hole and MiInthorpe as an alternative to the well worn A6 route north. The pace was brisk early on but eventually settled into a steady pace allowing Hass to get into full flow even on the uphill sections!
Lythe Valley was sporting the odd patch of ice in the gutters however the road over Gummers is a bus route and gets well gritted so we were fairly confident it was going to be on without too much stress. The “recent fathers” were on a time limit so peeled off towards Crosthwaite leaving the remainder to battle it out up the Gummers How climb (2.4km / 200m) at a little over 8% in new money. The honours such as they were went to John, followed by Johnny then John A, Clive, Julian (with a sticking mudguard)….and so on, clearly hill climbing ability has a close correlation to your Christian name being John!
Johnny and Paulo pushed on, although not directly home as it turned out later, the rest opting to cut across to Cartmell and Grange with the option for a Café stop. However on arrival in Grange the café was stacked out with cyclists (mostly the Lune B run!) who’d clearly got their priorities right. We pressed on in search of a late ride stop at Milnthorpe and John and Julian did a stirling job of towing the rest along the A590. Half stopped for a well earned brew at Milnthorpe, the remainder pressed on and were eventually re-joined by Paulo and Johnny at BLS as they had opted for a scenic detour through Silverdale. Approximately 66 miles (3 ¾ hrs) in total from Dalton Square.