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8 March 2018: Happy Birthday, Maurice!

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Birthday Boy Maurice

Thursday morning saw nine Windmillers – Sandra, John T, Andrew, Martin, Ric, Chris, Rod, Brian and Maurice – gathering at the Pig & Abbot, sipping coffee and munching biscuits while Landlady Pat took our orders for lunch.

We were particularly pleased to see Rod. He wouldn’t be cycling, but had come along to catch up with his friends and to wish Maurice a very Happy Birthday.

“Today’s ride will be 30 miles and we should be back around one o’clock”, said Maurice. We were impressed with his confidence but, looking at the weather, thought it best to reserve judgement on his timekeeping.

Setting off into a bracing headwind, we headed towards Steeple Morden and continued on through Ashwell and Cromer to Weston, where Maurice treated us to coffee – and some remarkably good cake – at The Cricketers, a new venue for The Windmillers. We were given a warm welcome and agreed to bookmark the place for a future visit.

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Full of cake – Windmillers exiting The Cricketers at Weston

Then it was back on the bikes and onwards – thankfully now with a tailwind – to Baldock and Ashwell, returning at exactly 1pm to Abington Pigotts. How does Maurice do it? And he bought the beers as well – top chap!

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Andrew – egged on by John, Chris, Ric and Sandra – intimidates the photographer

We were delighted to be joined by Rod and Vernon for lunch; ten happy Windmillers tucking into Pat’s homemade pies with gusto. A blissful end to a good morning’s ride!

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The end of a good lunch
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30 miles anticlockwise from Abington Pigotts

Brian

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