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7 Riders turned up for Dave and Tony’s mid week run which they had jointly volunteered to do as a replacement for the planned ride by Richard Kershaw. We left the Football Club in a partly sunny space between showers and headed down the A49 to take Back Lane to Eccleston past the famous Chippy and on through some lovely lanes to Parbold Via Robin Hood where we noticed the Pub is now becoming derelict. On then through Appley Bridge and cross country to Dalton. We took a break at the Village Bakehouse at Halsall Cricket Club after which the skies threatened some more rain but this soon passed and we carried on west to Southport where we drove down the promenade. Here a slight hiccup occurred when John stalled his bike in the traffic and it was a few minutes before the back end of the convoy got moving again but eventually we got back together and headed out of Southport through the outskirts then cross country to The Farmers Arms on the canal near Burscough. Here we stopped for a drink and ate our lunches on the benches by the canal. Tony half expected Hilda and her band of volunteers to arrive as they were on a litter pick along the canal starting from Heatons Bridge but we were obviously to early for them as they hadn’t arrived before we set off again. Just after our lunch there was a sharp shower as we saddled up but this very quickly passed and we set off with Dave in the lead now. He led us back through Tarlescough and over the A59 at Burscough to ride through Bispham Green and on to the Delph Watersports centre for our final stop of the day. We enjoyed a nice refreshment break here although the veranda seemed to be plagued by wasps. Several hardy types were scuba diving in the quarry so we went down to the water to get near the action and see the fish. Huge Koi Carp were swimming around with a multitude of other fish. I think the contents of the quarry would feed the whole of Eccleston for a while if it were netted!

From here John led us back through Eccleston and down Back Lane to the A49 where we peeled off individually to go our separate ways home.

A very enjoyable ride out even though many of the country roads are still in a poor state. I wonder if LCC will ever get round to resurfacing them?

Thanks to Dave and Tony for doing the planning and leading and thanks to all who turned up.