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Back to Civilisation – Cycling to Goostrey

This time last week we were cycling to Land’s End and completing our JOGLE cycle tour. That tour had included many days of cycling down lanes through Scotland, England and Wales that were completely unknown to us – it was great. This week however it has been difficult at times to get back in to the regular routine both at home and at work. And today it was back to another familiar – a Sunday cycle ride with Stockport Community Cycling Club through the Cheshire Lanes on our way to lunch at Goostrey. Was this going to seem tame in comparison?

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Starting at Wilmslow Leisure Centre a large number of cyclists turned out on a warm Sunday morning, perhaps inspired by the Tour De France.

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We were soon heading out of Wilmslow through Chorley and Lindow End.

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And on through Marthall.

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Soon we were making our way through Over Peover.

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Watch for the ducks!

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We cycled past Jodrell Bank.

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We then continued down the lanes around Blackden towards Goostrey.

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Here we took a breather. Besides, we were a bit too early for lunch …

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Julia showing off her new assistant ride leader!

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Julia and Tracey

Lunch was taken at Goostrey Home & Leisure Tea Room on Goostrey Lane. We have been here before. The menu consists of basic and reasonably priced food ideal for cyclists (and they attract alot of us!). What arrives is hearty and tasty.

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Attached to the complex are various attractions …

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Stoked up with food and ready for the afternoon we set off back home.

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Turning towards Boots Green and then for Lower Peover.

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Turns out it was an Open Gardens weekend in Lower Peover.

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On our way back to Ollerton we stopped briefly for the obligatory group photo …

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Rather than cycling straight in to Wilmslow we diverted slightly.

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Instead entering Wilmslow along the Alderley Edge Bypass.

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Today’s ride was 30 miles. Including my ride to the start and back home again I cycled nearly 50 miles today. Following our JOGLE this was an enjoyable and gentle re-introduction to civilisation and cycling around Cheshire.

You can view our Goostrey route below:

Total distance: 29.88 mi
Max elevation: 285 ft
Min elevation: 89 ft
Total climbing: 653 ft
Total descent: -531 ft
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JOGLE Day 16 – Perranporth to Land’s End

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Just after 4pm on Sunday 28th June 2015 we reached Land’s End and completed our 950 mile JOGLE cycle journey. Before that JOGLE Day 16 had been another of those days of two halves.

A wet start to our final day of JOGLE cycling

Overall we had been fortunate with the weather so far,

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JOGLE Day 15 – Okehampton to Perranporth

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JOGLE Day 15, the penultimate day of our cycle tour always looked like being one of the most challenging days. In the event it certainly lived up to its reputation as we continued to make our way through the Devon and Cornwall hills.

Leaving Sourton Cross Travelodge we left Dartmoor and made our way

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JOGLE Day 14 – Taunton to Okehampton

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There is always a dilemma when cycling an end-to-end – do you start with the Devon and Cornwall hills when the legs are fresh, or finish when the legs are stronger? We of course are finishing in Cornwall, and this was the first of three days in the Devon and Cornwall hills. The finish line

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JOGLE Day 13 – Portishead to Taunton

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JOGLE Day 13 represented the shortest day on our cycle tour itinerary, and also the one with the least climbing. In theory it would be a sort of ‘rest day’ before the final three ‘Devon and Cornwall’ days.

Weatherwise there were theories of strong south-westerly winds and even possible rain, but in the event neither

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