For Monday’s ride, 12 Day Riders (14 actually as 2 just missed the start) from M&L and O&A U3A’s met to ride the Coastal Route to Banks and then inland to Croston. It was good to welcome Ralph back into the fold following his summer training with Phil’s crew. We set off in glorious weather and picked up a nice tail wind as we made our way through Ainsdale. An added bonus was the current closure of part of the Coast Road to motor traffic. This gave us the chance to pick up speed to Southport. From Banks it was a sprint to our lunch stop at Sooty’s Garden Centre. Here the epicureans amongst us took full advantage of the half-price offer to carbo-load for our return journey through Croston and Ormskirk. All returned safely from this 48 mile ride. Next week meet at 1000hrs at The Derby Arms to ride to Ainsdale via Maghull.