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Conningsby Flypast Training Pathfinder Ride

Day 2: We set off from Louth at 8 am, as planned. Slightly suffering from yesterday's exertions and a comparatively late night, not planned and a collective group age not far short of 180 - inevitable. (That last sentence sounds better if you read it in the style of a slight over-excited darts commentator).

This was to be an anticlockwise day back towards the International Bomber Command Centre - taking a southerly route via Conningsby and Woodhall Spa - all legendary locations in Bomber Command History. 

However, before we cycled into prime Bomber County territory, we needed breakfast. Tanya's in Horncastle provided that along with coffee, and once we had had our fill, we continued over the spectacular Lincolnshire Wolds with a hazy sun - getting all the small climbs done within 30km.

Today was a day without punctures, just sheer cycling pleasure. Nice weather, the forecast said rain in the afternoon, and we could see it approaching, but we felt lucky. From Horncastle, it was south towards Conningsby and what a display we were to have. 

Fast jets screamed back and forth across the sky. In twos and threes, landing, taking off - it was great. We cycled in silence, looking to the sky. And it was not finished. We arrived at RAF Coningsby in the small lay-by by the hanger that houses the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and parked our bikes by the fence. At that very moment, they chose to pull the Lancaster out onto the apron, right in front of us, not more than 20 metres away. It was awesome.
After, we rode off passing Thorpe Camp, RAF Woodhall Spa and into the village of Woodhall Spa. A quick cycle past the Petwood Hotel. We intended a coffee stop but decided that the clouds looked more ominous. The choice was to have coffee and get wet or forego coffee and stay dry. The latter option won, and we headed onto the Sustrance Route 1 path down the side of the River Witham towards Lincoln.

We didn't enter Lincoln, deciding to leave the path at the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, keeping to the cycle track and then down Washingborough Lane; I think of all the options, this was probably the safest route to the IBCC. It is then possible to stay on the pavement up Cannick Hill and turn right into Canwick Avenue and the IBCC.

We finished with selfies by the Spire - I can assure you that the professional photographer we have engaged in taking your photos when you arrive will be 500% better. 

After coffee, we walked our bikes back to our parked cars for our journeys home - our next meeting will be via video. I opened the boot of my car, and the heavens opened!