We started the day with an excellent breakfast. Plenty of choice but we opted for the full English. The BBC forecast turned out to be correct and there was light rain at 9.00am. However an hour later the rain had stopped and sky stared to look a lot bluer. It was forecast to rain later so we decided to set off on short ride and then do something different in the afternoon. We worked our way back to the Shropshire Union canal and headed south towards Nantwich. The first part was surfaced but turned into a grassed track after Route 5 turned off. The recent rain made the track quite hard going but we persisted until we got to Church Minshull. I had initially planned to go further. It was then a couple of miles to Cholmondeston and we then followed the signed cycle route to Winsford. The rain stared as we reached the outskirts of the town. We sheltered initially in ASDA car park and the found a Wetherspoon’s for a coffee , beer and toasted sandwich. The rain stopped so we decide to continue the ride and retrace yesterday path into Winsford. Going out on route 5 and then following route 71 as far as Goostrey. Then it was back along the minor roads to Middlewich and then Warmington. We had a short rain shower we got to Middlewich but it only started to rain consistently when we got back to the Bear’s Paw. Excellent timing. A round trip of 40 miles.