Julie, after a nice lunch at the Old Mill in Ashton

Julie, after a nice lunch at the Old Mill in Ashton

We went back to the Old Mill at Ashton today, this time for lunch. We also met up with a friend of mine, Julie, about halfway there. Her husband acted as the support vehicle. Julie has a more upright bike that’s quite a bit heavier than ours, so we rode slowly along the TransCanada trail, yacking about the renovation and work.

On the last kilometre or so, Errol saw us on Ashton Station Road and pulled over. I decided to sprint from there to make sure he spotted the pub. Ashton is quite small, but you can miss it if you blink. Sure enough, he wasn’t in the parking lot. So I stood at the crossroads and waited for him to come back.

Rob and Errol

Rob and Errol

Lunch consisted of two pitchers of Beau’s (a local microbrew) and lots of water. Rob and his regular bangers and mash, which are quite good there. Errol had the fish and chips, Julie had the cornish pastie, and I had the ploughman’s.

After a while Rob and I thought it might rain. They had forecast rain for early afternoon, so we started to think about the return trip. By this time Julie had decided to put her bike in the support vehicle and get a drive home. So off they went, and we turned back down Ashton Station Road. Have to admit I was feeling a bit wobbly, partly due to the beer, but also because of the 40 km ride out there.

After the first half of the 80 km ride, and post-lunch...

After the first half of the 80 km ride, and post-lunch...

Then Rob said, “I gotta pull over. I’ve got a flat tire.” And, as it happens it was on the rear wheel, never fun. We are prepared when we take long rides away from public transit. We have a great hand pump and always carry at least one spare tube for each bike. And luckily we weren’t quite out of the village so we were able to do it on someone’s front lawn, not the side of the highway.

So that was today’s adventure. I’m  totally zonked now. And I still have to iron something to wear tomorrow at work. And Rob’s busy getting the garbage together because Monday is garbage day.

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